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City development plans include remote workers


Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the City of Beckley and New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) to invite remote workers to move to Beckley, Mayor Rob Rappold and Chamber CEO Michelle Rotellini announced Wednesday.

The remote recruitment effort is a piece in the redevelopment of downtown Beckley and is influencing a survey by NRGRDA, Rappold said.

On Wednesday, Rotellini presented information on a number of workforce development opportunities in the southern counties to the West Virginia Senate Workforce Committee. At the top of her list, she said, was the burgeoning aerospace industry at Raleigh County Memorial Airport and corresponding degree programs through New River Community and Technical College and West Virginia University-Institute of Technology — and the recruitment of remote workers to Beckley, a city that Rappold said is poised to become home to those who want a safe city with a number of recreational opportunities.

Read more about this plan from Beckley’s Register-Herald -