Last updated: July 18. 2013 2:24PM - 229 Views
J.D. Charles
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A large group of very special visitors will be coming to the coalfields soon.

Leadership West Virginia is a statewide program to develop, strengthen and connect emerging leaders for the Mountain State. Over an eight months of training period, participants in each Leadership West Virginia class are shown how to enhance their personal leadership skills and enrich their knowledge of not only the problems facing the state as well as how to utilize and

enhance the Mountain State’s potential.

LWV was set up years ago with the goal of creating new leaders to move the state forward through education, observation and networking. Leadership West Virginia works

to develop and motivate a cross- section of leaders who will use their talents and abilities to inspire others and to foster a new spirit of energy, enthusiasm and vitality throughout the state. Each year a class of some 50 leaders is selected to participate in the program.

Debrina Williams of the Hatfield-McCoy Convention and Visitor’s Bureau was on hand at the Logan City Council on May 14 to talk about the visit and to present the Logan City Council with the newest publications from her organization which will help newcomers to the area find restaurants, hotels and lodging when coming to Logan County.

Williams said she wanted to thank the Logan City Council for all they had done in recent years in helping the H-M CVB and she handed out copies of the new travel guide book that highlights the area for tourists as well as new brochures. Williams herself has been travelling a lot lately with the Hatfield-McCoy Trails at trade shows to reach out to visitors and let them know what this area has to offer. Williams also had some big news about a major coup for the H-M CVB.

“Leadership West Virginia is coming here,” she said of a special organization that studies economic development and issues pertaining to the Mountain State to find ways of improvement. “They will be coming with 55 people who will be staying for three days and this is something where they normally stay in Huntington. But we felt that the coalfield area is where so much of the activity is from mining to tourism and that made our area the most logical choice.”

Mayor Nolletti thanked Williams for working so closely with the City of Logan on so many projects over the past decade and said he was delighted to hear of the upcoming visit.

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