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2017 Regional Development Summit

New River Gorge Regional Development Authority

Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

2017 Regional Development Summit

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Individuals Oct 11, 2017 $30.00 $0.00
Vendor/Display Table   more info Oct 11, 2017 $15.00 $0.00

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Looking to learn more about what economic and community development looks like for the New River Gorge region? We're here to help. This year's summit will feature some old favorites, some new resources, and a few opportunities for you to help us determine what our focus should look like in 2017 and 2018. This is your chance to engage regional development professionals, connect with partners, and influence the process that guides your region's advancement. Don't miss you!



8am    Registration / Check-In

   West Virginia & NRG Economic Outlook
    John Deskins, Director of WVU Bureau of Business & Economic Research


   NRGRDA Development Now
    New River Gorge Regional Development Team presenting current initiatives
    and tools for communities and businesses in the region


   Strategic Partnership Direction 
    Public feedback session to help guide our strategic objectives


Featured Speaker:

John Deskins

John Deskins serves as Director of the Bureau of Business & Economic Research and Associate Professor of Economics at West Virginia University. John comes to WVU from Creighton University where he spent eight years as a professor of Economics. He received his Ph.D. in Economics in 2005 from the University of Tennessee.

Deskins’ research has focused on US state economic development, small business economics, and government tax and expenditure policy, primarily at the US state level. Recent research topics have examined the relationship between state tax policy and entrepreneurial activity, the role of education spending in state economic growth, the extent to which tax planning activity has eroded state tax bases, and the degree to which small businesses can enhance state economic growth.


Copies of reports and presentation materials will be provided to each participant upon their arrival. Admission fees will cover these materials, beverages, and snacks for every attendee. 

Again, the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority and West Virginia University have partnered to produce this event jointly and hope you'll join us!

Have questions about 2017 Regional Development Summit? Contact New River Gorge Regional Development Authority

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1 Tamarack Park
Suite B
Beckley, WV 25801

Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

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New River Gorge Regional Development Authority

The NRGRDA stimulates the regional economy through business expansion and retention efforts, including an extensive portfolio of financial services, the management of sites for new companies locating to our region, and serving as a point of access for local service providers which offer a variety of technical assistance for business owners.

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