AG invites input on attracting W.Va. jobs

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia attorney general is planning a series of statewide meetings, including in Wood County, on how the office can encourage job growth and improve the economy of the state.

The Jobs Summit and Listening Tour kicks off at 1:30 p.m. April 17 in the Lower Rotunda of the Capitol in Charleston.

The summit is part of a 17-point plan for the first 100 days in office, to meet with interested parties throughout the state to identify the top areas in which the office can improve the economy, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said.

“I am looking forward to hearing from all West Virginians on how the Attorney General’s office can help attract jobs back to our state,” Morrisey said. “Action is urgently needed to improve West Virginia’s business climate, and the Office of the Attorney General can and should play an important role in this process.”

The kickoff will be followed by sessions across the state where residents can make recommendations.

A session is planned in Wood County, the date and location have not been finalized, Beth White, a spokesman for the attorney general, said.

After identifying the major areas of economic concern, state and federal regulations will be reviewed to determine what improvements can be made, Morrisey said,

“I will take any necessary action to help move our economy forward, as West Virginians cannot afford for our state to fall further behind,” Morrisey said. “The attorney general possesses the legal power – through both legal opinions and legal actions – to significantly improve West Virginia’s business and regulatory climate, and my ultimate goal is to help West Virginia reach its economic potential.”