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Generation WV’s NewForce and Fellowship Programs support talent development, retention



As we think about the future of our state, what does a vibrant West Virginia look like? We may all have varying answers, but one thing is certain – we can’t achieve it without thinking about the next generation. Unfortunately, West Virginia has the highest rate of population decline in the country, and our population is one of the oldest.

So how do we address this? How do we encourage more young people to choose to move to or stay here in West Virginia?

When we ask young West Virginians why they’ve left or are considering leaving, there are a few answers that we hear over and over: For better opportunities. To find a community or job that meets their needs. To be successful.

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