EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCreate West Virginia Meets In Nicholas County
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Reported by: Dave Benton
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Also Contributing: Terry Burhans, Associated Press
Reported: Oct. 27, 2013 10:49 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 27, 2013 11:37 PM EDT
Richwood , Nicholas County , West Virginia
This weekend future thinkers from around the state met in historic Richwood in Nicholas County.
The sixth annual meeting of Create West Virginia brought many leaders and interested mountaineers together.
The group tries to improve local economies in the state and 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 reported the goal of this week's conference in Richwood was 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 said 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 Associated Press contributed to this report.
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