WHO: members of the West Virginia House of Delegates Coal Communities Workgroup (list of all members may be found HERE.
WHAT: Community Listening Tour stops
WHEN & WHERE:
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.- Marshall County Fairgrounds 714 Myrtle Avenue (use East 12th Street entrance) Moundsville, WV 26041
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Shack Neighborhood House 537 Blue Horizon Drive Pursglove, WV 26546
Monday, Oct. 25 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Word of Life Church gymnasium Route 5 College Road Logan, WV 25601
Wednesday, Oct. 27 6 p.m. Woodrow Wilson High School cafeteria 400 Stanaford Rd, Beckley, WV 25801
WHY: The Coal Communities Workgroup, announced by House Speaker Roger Hanshaw and Minority Leader Doug Skaff in early June, was created for lawmakers from both parties and throughout the state to work together to develop policy recommendations to help revitalize West Virginia’s coal communities. Members of the workgroup already have hosted initial virtual meetings with the federal Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization, as well as local economic development representatives, Ret. Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, Appalachian Regional Commission Co-Chair Gayle Manchin and representatives from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and West Virginia’s Congressional representatives.
The workgroup’s goal is to go into communities and talk with local residents as well as local community and business leaders, to determine what our coal communities specifically need to succeed and what tools are already available.