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Ascend West Virginia opens application for New River Gorge area


Ascend West Virginia, the nation’s premier talent attraction and retention program, today (June 20) announced its addition of the New River Gorge community to the program.

Founded by West Virginia native Brad D. Smith and his wife Alys, Ascend WV will welcome a new group of adventurers to the state’s New River Gorge region, home to the country’s newest national park, offering them more than $20,000 in incentives — and a path to making “Almost Heaven” home. New River Gorge joins a lineup of other communities that have welcomed nearly 300 new West Virginians while maintaining a 98% retention rate.

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