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Forum focuses on possible future of W.Va. economy

September 3, 2013
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Politicians, policymakers and others will share their visions for West Virginia 30 years from now and discuss the need for economic diversification at a forum in Charleston.

The Union of Concerned Scientists is teaming up with the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy and others to present panels on several topics.

Ted Boettner of the policy center will discuss the proposed West Virginia Future Fund, legislation that would change how the state handles oil and gas severance-tax revenue.

Other subjects include workforce training and a roadmap for sustainable economic development.

The forum is all day Wednesday at the Clay Center. Speakers include U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Kent Spellman of the Community Development Hub.

Panelists include state officials, researchers, high-tech groups, and labor and religious leaders.





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