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Forum focuses on W.Va. economy's future

September 4, 2013
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A forum in Charleston will focus on economic visions for West Virginia's future.

The all-day event is set for the Clay Center on Wednesday.

Among the subjects include economic diversification, a roadmap for sustainable development, and workforce training.

Jeremy Richardson of the Union of Concerned Scientists is scheduled to give the opening remarks, and the keynote speaker is Charleston attorney Tom Heywood.

Executive director Ted Boettner of the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy plans to discuss the proposed West Virginia Future Fund, legislation that would change how the state handles oil and gas severance-tax revenue.

Panelists include state officials, researchers, high-tech groups, and labor and religious leaders. Other speakers include Kent Spellman, executive director of the Community Development Hub.






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