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Nikki Bowman Mills On Shaping West Virginia's Narrative


Nikki Bowman Mills has a penchant for the finer things in life. She has blown-out hair, a polished suit and zebra striped pumps. Her Granville office feels the same way, well kept but not ordinary.

“When people walk in this office. The first thing they say is, ‘Wow, I don't feel like I'm in West Virginia,” Bowman Mills said. “I like Kate Spade and MacKenzie-Childs, and I like black and white striped stuff. It doesn't mean I have to have exposed barn wood or the stereotypical things of what it means to live in Appalachia.”

Bowman Mills appreciates the rustic vibes West Virginia might best be known for. She loved growing up in Clay County splashing around in the Elk River. But she also knows that West Virginia is home to a top-tier research university, a symphony, and professionals that have gone on to be nationally recognized in their fields.

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