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.