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West Virginia economic officials predict long-term success for remote work in the Mountain State


Despite the state’s mask mandate being lifted and other COVID-19 health guidelines gradually being eased, remote work in West Virginia is still going strong, and according to two state economic officials, it’s likely to stay that way for a while. 

Dr. John Deskins, director of the Bureau of Business & Economic Research in West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics, explained that West Virginia is in need of economic diversification, and while on one hand that means investing in a variety of industries, it could also mean a focus on promoting remote work. 

“It’s a risk,” Deskins said. “We want the West Virginia economy to be stronger and be more prosperous but there’s no easy solution. There’s no silver bullet, and we have to be entrepreneurial to find different things and go in different directions to find what will really work for West Virginia, and the cornerstone of entrepreneurship is risk.” 

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