Ascend West Virginia, a $25 million program founded and funded by Intuit executive chairman Brad Smith and wife Alys, has attracted 53 remote workers to Morgantown, with more set to be added there, in Lewisburg and in Shepherdstown.
Dr. Danny Twilley, assistant dean at the Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative at West Virginia University, said the effort will be ongoing and somewhat dependent on technological advances.
Intuit is the maker of TurboTax. Smith guided the company from 2008 until 2019, overseeing its transformation from straightforward desktop software to a product which can calculate taxes on a cellphone. Smith is a Kenova native and Marshall University graduate.