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A year later: $25M gift to WVU fosters flywheel effect for West Virginia’s outdoor economy


The Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative continues to build momentum one year after the couple’s transformational $25 million gift to West Virginia University. The namesake office the Smiths created is starting to see momentum from a concept the Smiths have instilled in the team— the flywheel effect where constant effort compounds until movement forward is second nature.
Brad D. and Alys Smith’s gift to advance the state’s economy by cultivating talent, developing world-class recreational infrastructure, supporting community development around the state and expanding outdoor educational opportunities is the center point for this effect.
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