Create West Virginia officials say their annual event is coming to Glenville and Glenville State College. Create WV's next annual conference is scheduled from Sat.-Tues., Oct. 25-28, 2014.
Create West Virginia Co-Founder Jeff James, a native of Glenville but now a Charleston entrepreneur, stated, "We are very excited about being welcomed to Glenville and know that our conference here in late October will be an amazing success with the support of GSC President Dr. Peter Barr, the Gilmer County Commission, Glenville Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick, various economic development and cultural entities, the local school system, and the community at large. This will be the first time that the conference will be held in affiliation with a higher education institution, and we are especially honored to be the inaugural conference of the stunning new $27 million Waco Center."
"I know I speak for the entire community when I say that we believe Glenville is one of the most positively changed small towns in West Virginia, and we intend to collectively make this the best Create West Virginia conference ever," said GSC President Barr.
"Glenville was chosen as the host of the 7th Annual Create West Virginia conference due to the cooperative, innovative partnership between Glenville State College and the Glenville and Gilmer County communities, the efforts to improve downtown Glenville, the entrepreneurial activities of local students, and the vast cultural and intellectual resources of Glenville State College," James added.
Following the announcement at the GSC Board of Governors meeting held on February 12, James presented Barr with a plaque. "In recognition of his leadership and passion for Glenville State College, Glenville, Gilmer County, the entire central West Virginia region, and Create West Virginia, we are pleased to present this memento of our appreciation," James stated.
Of the presentation, Dr. Barr said, "I'm truly surprised and touched that Create West Virginia graciously presented me with this thoughtful present which I will truly treasure. It was an honor to speak at last year's highly successful conference in Richwood, West Virginia."
The plaque itself is a clear acrylic rendering of an expansive feature article chronicling Dr. Barr's life. It was written by Sandy Wells and published in the Charleston Gazette on January 5, 2014. The headline of the article, which included many pictures, was: “Visionary Leader Energizes Glenville State.” The link to the article can be found on the GSC website's (www.glenville.edu) President's Office page.
Create WV is a non-profit, grass-roots organization that helps West Virginians embrace opportunities for jobs and quality of life in the growing
“Innovation Economy.” This year's conference will attract hundreds of leaders and innovators from around the state and will bring in speakers and facilitators from across the country to engage in roundtable discussions addressing growth opportunities in West Virginia on multiple fronts.
Dr. Bob Henry Baber, of GSC's PR Dept. and a former mayor of Richwood, comments, "Create West Virginia really have Richwood a badly needed shot in the arm last October, and now progress is really being made there."
To the contrary, he emphasizes that Glenville is not a depressed community like Richwood, but Create WV will incubate many new ideas and open up new channels for the college's and community's future development. "It's just a real honor for Glenville to be selected as a Create West Virginia community," he stressed.
On this Tues., evening, Mar. 25, James and associate, Rebecca Kimmons, met with Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick and interested citizens at Glenville City Hall, explaining the project in more detail.
"What's in it for Glenville?" James asked, quickly answering, "Many talented people will be coming here and will give their suggestions."