Marshall to host TechConnect West Virginia forum in September

Presidents Kopp and Clements to headline program focused on growing the state’s technology economy

Tuesday, August 24, 2010  

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University will host a forum next month sponsored by TechConnect West Virginia and intended to bring together policy and opinion leaders, researchers and entrepreneurs, economic developers and others to discuss and develop strategies for growing West Virginia’s technology economy.

The event will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Marshall University Foundation Hall, 519 John Marshall Dr., Huntington.

The program will feature presentations by the presidents of the state’s two research universities. Dr. Stephen J. Kopp of Marshall University and Dr. James P. Clements of West Virginia University will talk about the role of universities as the foundation for technology growth in West Virginia.

Dr. Paul L. Hill, vice chancellor for science and research at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, will give a presentation about plans for the West Virginia Education, Research and Technology Park in South Charleston. Additionally, panel discussions featuring experts and technology business owners from around the state will focus on access to capital, entrepreneurial assistance and entrepreneurial talent. The panels will be moderated by Kelley Goes, secretary of the West Virginia Division of Commerce, and John Golden, director of external affairs for Verizon West Virginia.

Co-sponsors of the event include Marshall University, West Virginia University and Verizon.

For more information, contact Kevin DiGregorio at (304) 437-4295 or visit


Contact:  Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304.746.1964