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West Virginia officials: pandemic has spurred faster technological advancements in business, education

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Bringing people to West Virginia to work remotely, while enjoying the state’s great quality of life, is something experts hope will help the state’s population stabilize and eventually grow. Jennifer Shephard The Ascend West Virginia Program is designed to entice remote workers to move to West Virginia by offering a one-time incentive package valued at more than $20,000 to a hand-selected group. The Ascend West Virginia Program is designed to entice remote workers to move to West Virginia by offering a one-time incentive package valued at more than $20,000 to a hand-selected group. MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — While the COVID-19 pandemic has presented the state, country and world with an onslaught of challenges and setbacks, one silver lining, according to West Virginia economic and education leaders, has been the rapid evolution and adaptation of technology advancements that may not have been possible without the pandemic forcing the sectors’ hands.

John Deskins, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research and associate professor of economics at West Virginia University, said that while the pandemic was a massive shock to the world economy, it’s simultaneously been a driver of technology, forcing companies to find new, more efficient ways to do […]

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