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Energy Conference Invitation

5/22/2013
Join us for this free, innovative conference to learn more about commercial, residential and industrial energy efficiency initiatives both locally and nationally. Speakers during this one day conference include subject matter experts from various state and government agencies, private agencies and academic institutions. Free lunch is provided!
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=td9kyekab&oeidk=a07e754e0725293a90e

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WV Stock Index Available Online

Charleston Daily Mail
5/12/2013
The Center for Business and Economic Research at Marshall University has released an updated version of its West Virginia Stock Index. The index is published weekly on the center’s website. The WV Stock Index began on Jan. 5, 2004 and tracks the share price of the largest publicly traded companies that operate in West Virginia, weighted by employment. The resulting index is compared to the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the same time period. Read more

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Report outlines strategies to maximize economic impact of Marcellus Shale

Herald-Dispatch
5/1/2013
West Virginia’s potential to grow investment, jobs and wealth as a result of the Marcellus Shale is the focus of a new report from Marshall University’s Center for Business and Economic Research. Vision Shared, a nonprofit organization that specializes in economic and community development, commissioned the study because it wants people from outside the natural gas industry to educate themselves about the issue. Read more

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New Report: Leveraging Natural Gas Opportunities in WV

Marcellus Drilling News
5/1/2013
The West Virginia non-profit Vision Shared recently commissioned (paid for) the Marshall University Center for Business and Economic Research to provide a report on the state’s ability to grow investment, jobs, and wealth as a result of the abundant Marcellus and Utica Shale natural gas sitting underneath much of the state. Read more

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Rick Wilson: W.Va. is doing education reform right

Charleston Gazette
5/1/2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — During the last legislative session, the bill that took up the most time and generated the most controversy was Gov. Tomblin’s education bill. But to the credit of all parties, one key provision of the bill wasn’t controversial at all. It was probably the best part, and although it hasn’t received a whole lot of attention, its effects will be felt for years to come. I’m talking about a major expansion of early childhood education, an area in which West Virginia has already made significant progress. The bill takes it to a new level by requiring county school boards to offer full-day programs for 4-year-olds five days a week by school year 2016-2017. Since then, the governor has appointed an Early Childhood Planning Task Force to look for ways of improving health, development and education readiness of children from birth to age 5. Read more