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Promoting WV tourism and livability

OVERVIEW

Showcasing the best of West Virginia, from its unique assets to livability to vast tourism industry, can bolster economic development and the state’s image as a place where people want to launch a business, start a career, go to college, buy a second home or retire.

West Virginia’s loyal, low-cost workforce with low turnover rates, positive tax environment and strong business climate, central geographical location near most eastern U.S. markets and stunning natural beauty serve as unique assets that can attract new businesses, prospective investors, individuals and families to the Mountain State.

While these factors brand West Virginia as a desirable location, businesses increasingly recognize that the livability and quality of life of a community are equally influential in location decisions, impacting the attraction and retention of talent and knowledge workers.

Learn about how WV Forward and partners are showcasing the best of West Virginia, improving communities' livability and increasing tourism promotion!

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examples of WV Forward in Action

WV Forward and partners are engaging in several parallel efforts to showcase the best of West Virginia’s assets, increase tourism spending and revenue, improve the livability of communities, and ultimately, brand the state a great place for people of all ages to live, work and play. 

Partnerships

  • West Virginia Tourism
  • Marshall University
  • West Virginia University
  •  Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • The Hub
  • Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
  • AARP West Virginia  
  • Southern University
  • Concord University

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