Our Process


West Virginia University and the West Virginia Department of Commerce commissioned McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, to identify short-term, larger-scale projects to help boost West Virginia’s economic development and provide a strategic assessment of:

  • Economic diversification opportunities
  • West Virginia’s competitive edge
  • And the best method for implementation of key recommendations

To help capture the opportunities identified by McKinsey & Company, West Virginia University and the West Virginia Department of Commerce invited Marshall University to participate and, together, created “West Virginia Forward.” Thus, a collaborative movement was born to turn McKinsey & Company’s recommendations–which can be found in the Summary of Findings–into multidisciplinary action to benefit West Virginia’s economy.

The Summary of Findings serves as a blueprint to help West Virginia Forward collaborators advance the state.

View WV Forward Summary of Findings