By Hayley M. Cook
WILLIAMSON – An organization promising to build a stronger and more diverse economy in West Virginia is inviting residents of Williamson to take part.
‘What’s Next, West Virginia?’ is a statewide series of community conversations about strengthening local economies. These nonpartisan conversations are designed to encourage thinking, talking and actions based on West Virginians’ own ideas for helping their communities - and the state - move forward.
‘What’s Next, West Virginia?,’ which is being organized by a coalition of partners from across West Virginia, believes the time is right to come together to talk about the future of the Mountain State, and how people can work together to build stronger, more diverse local economies.
Charleston will play host to one of five regional workshops for people who want to bring ‘What’s Next?’ to their communities. The event was created specifically for residents of Williamson and the whole southwest region of the state.
On Sept. 3, residents of Mingo County and Southern West Virginia who want to take a lead organizing role in bringing ‘What’s Next?’ conversations to their area are invited to attend a regional workshop in Charleston to get started. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Saint John XXIII Pastoral Center. Other regional workshops have already been held in Buckhannon, Martinsburg and Beckley. In addition to the Charleston workshop, one more is scheduled for Wheeling on Sept. 16.
More than 90 people have already registered for the Charleston workshop, as well as several individuals from Mingo County, and many more from surrounding counties.
‘What’s Next?’ conversations provide a way for people to come together in discussion and analysis of the state’s needs in a democratic process that includes a wide array of voices and allows fresh, innovative thinking to emerge.
‘What’s Next?’ is being organized by a broad and growing coalition of partners from nonprofit, philanthropic, government, educational and faith-based organizations across the state. This coalition has been working for more than a year to develop relationships, build connections and create processes to support productive conversations about the economic future of West Virginia.
Workshops are free, but registration is required at whatsnextwv.org/regional-workshops. Find out more about ‘What’s Next, WV?’ at whatsnextwv.org. For more information, contact the West Virginia Center for Civic Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-344-3430.