RICHWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — A group that tries to improve local economies in the state has brought its annual conference in Richwood, where long-shuttered storefronts have been revived for the first time in decades.
The Create West Virginia conference held prior gatherings at large venues in places like Charleston, Huntington or Stonewall Resort in Lewis County. But the Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/1c2Xw8U) reports the goal of this week's conference in Richwood is to show any small town can be transformed.
Organizers turned empty Richwood storefronts into an artisan village. Each shop showcases a different entrepreneur or idea.
Former Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber says the community grabbed ahold of the conference's vision. He hopes the ideas shared will help the Nicholas County town attract more businesses in the years ahead.
The conference ends Saturday.
Information from: Charleston Daily Mail, http://www.dailymail.com