Appalachian Regional Commission co-chair visits Huntington campus

BradDSmith, GayleManchin

Marshall University shared its comprehensive strategy and research efforts aimed at boosting West Virginia’s economy with Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin today during a series of meetings with several university deans, as well as leaders from  Marshall University Research Corporation; the Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern West Virginia, which Marshall chairs; the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Flexible Manufacturing and university President Brad D. Smith.

Manchin’s visit included a working luncheon with researchers from across the university who are focused on a variety of projects, services and outreach concentrating on West Virginia’s economy. Following a roundtable discussion, Manchin met with Smith.

“I am honored that Co-Chair Manchin visited with us today,” Smith said. “As a former educator, and now as leader of the ARC, she understands and appreciates how investments in higher education are investments in innovation. We, at Marshall, are collaborators and we are committed to work with state and local leaders to strengthen our economy, grow jobs and keep our talent here at home. We are leaning in on economic, workforce and community development projects and today was all about having the opportunity to learn about the commission’s priorities and also update the ARC team on our work in these essential areas. Our conversation was productive, and I look forward to working with her and her team.”

Manchin, who was named federal co-chair in 2021, commended the staff and faculty at Marshall for their commitment to Appalachian education and workforce training.

“I offer my warmest congratulations to President Smith on his new role at the university and appreciate the time we had for discussion on the future of education and its connection with entrepreneurship and economic develop in our region, Manchin said. “I look forward to building on our shared passion as we work together toward creating new, exciting opportunities for all Appalachians.”


Photo: Marshall President Brad D. Smith (left) met with Appalachian Regional Commission Co-Chair Gayle Manchin when she visited Marshall today.


Sound from the event:

 Gayle Manchin Visit (Sound).mp4