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New Program At West Virginia State Focuses On Emerging Creative Economy
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 22, 2012 11:57 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Expanding West Virginia’s role in the emerging creative economy sector is the focus of a new program at West Virginia State University.
School officials said in a news release that the goals include the development of a new economy business incubator, a program to foster entrepreneurialism among youth and retirees, a creative economy workforce development program and marketing strategies for programs hosted out of the West Virginia State’s Economic Development Center on Charleston’s West Side.
“We are increasing our offerings to include a new emphasis on sustainable development,” said Bill Woodrum, associate dean and associate director of WVSU Extension Service, the outreach arm of the university economic development efforts. “We are also enhancing our current programs featuring creative economy platforms.”
The organization has named Sarah Halstead interim sustainable community and economic development specialist to help steer the new program focus. Halstead will work with the university’s extension agents, researchers and faculty to drive efforts relating to sustainable economic development.
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