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7 06, 2017

#AlmostHeaven: Show your love for West Virginia!

2017-06-07T01:08:26+00:00

The state Division of Tourism is launching a new campaign that encourages people to show what they love about West Virginia by posting a photo to social media with the hashtag #AlmostHeaven.

So, what makes West Virginia #AlmostHeaven? State Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby said she loves “the spectacular views.”

“No matter which corner of the state you’re in, what you’re doing or where you are, the state is just absolutely beautiful,” she said.

The campaign is scheduled to launch Tuesday and last through June 20th, which is West Virginia’s 154th birthday.

Every day for the next two weeks leading up to the birthday, the Division of Tourism will post — on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — a reason the Mountain State is a great place to live.

Ruby said it’s a great way to promote tourism in the state. She said West Virginia gets a bad image from people who don’t live in the state.

“People who are out there saying negative things about West Virginia — a lot of them have never even been to the state, so if we can get everybody in the state posting pictures, telling all the great things about the state and really educating people about all the things we have to offer, I think we can take a large step in improving that image,” Ruby said.

Last year, 52 percent of West Virginia travelers said they booked a trip here because of a post they saw on social media, Ruby said.

“If we tell our story and we promote ourselves as a world class destination, we have the potential to drastically multiple the affects of our advertising,” she said.

The Division of Tourism will be giving away West Virginia vacations for the two best posts each day. The person with the most and best #AlmostHeaven posts by June 20th will be featured in an online video.

To get involved, use #AlmostHeaven and visit GoToWV.com/AlmostHeaven to see photos.

Source: W.Va. Division of Tourism promotes #AlmostHeaven campaign by Carrie Hodousek  | June 5, 2017

30 05, 2017

Community Connections May 24, 2017

2017-05-30T18:10:09+00:00

Jane Powell has a conversation with Mary C Snow West Side Elementary School Nurse Janet Allio. They discuss the history of the school and the programs offered there to support the West Side community.

26 04, 2017

Building Bridges for Good Measure

2017-05-24T20:37:41+00:00

Workshop tracks will include:

• Leadership
• Program delivery
• Fund development
• Financial management • Evaluation

Dates: November 2 and 3, 2017 Where: Adventures on the Gorge

Fayetteville, WV

26 04, 2017

Global Partners for Fathers and Families

2017-04-26T19:58:45+00:00

Topic: Grant Writing Training with Emphasis on Federal Funding

Dates: July 26, 2017

Times: 9 am – 5 pm

Where: Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center

Charleston, WV

19 04, 2017

2017 Grantee Training Institute

2017-05-24T20:32:47+00:00

Economic Development for Local Leaders

In partnership with the International Economic Development Council, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will be sponsoring this special training course for local leaders and economic developers on the essentials of economic development.

This intensive training course is designed as a two-day classroom-style “boot-camp,” which emphasizes the system and practice of economic development. It will help community leaders and economic developers learn more about the state, federal, and private sector resources that are available to assist them with various aspects of economic development.

The interactive course provides participants with practical tools and inspiring examples to support critical economic development and resilience activities.

Modules in the course include:

  • An overview of the system and practice of economic development
  • Existing business retention and expansion
  • Economic development marketing
  • Workforce development, resiliency, and economic recovery
  • Supporting entrepreneurs and small business
  • Economic development strategic planning
  • How to use federal and state economic development tools

Competitive mini-grants available to attendees

About our Partner & Presenter

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Mission Statement

Based on input from the community it serves, TGKVF makes thoughtful and proactive investments that grow the multiple forms of wealth necessary for our community to thrive.

These forms of wealth include the individual, intellectual, social, political, natural, built, and financial assets within our community.

Upcoming Events

International Economic Development Council (IEDC)

Topic: Economic Development for Local Leaders

Dates: May 23 and 24, 2017

Times: 9 am – 5 pm

Where: Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center

Charleston, WV

Global Partners for Fathers and Families

Topic: Grant Writing Training with Emphasis on Federal Funding

Dates: July 26, 2017

Times: 9 am – 5 pm

Where: Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center

Charleston, WV

Building Bridges for Good Measure

Workshop tracks will include:

• Leadership
• Program delivery
• Fund development
• Financial management • Evaluation

Dates: November 2 and 3, 2017 Where: Adventures on the Gorge

Fayetteville, WV