Help us gather 150 ideas for West Virginia’s future

June 10, 2013 by Ken Ward Jr.

Later this month, West Virginia will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its statehood, so after some initial discussion of the matter on Twitter the other day, The Charleston Gazette has launched a new project aimed at gathering 150 ideas for improving the state’s future. Here’s the story published online last week:

As West Virginia turns 150 years old, there is much to celebrate about our rich culture and heritage: the rugged, beautiful hills, wild rivers and serene surroundings that help make the lifestyle slow and relaxing amid the 21st-century rush of the outside world; the unfailingly kind and gentle people whose hardworking nature has fueled the nation for generations; and the sometimes quirky but warm feeling of family.

Still, the Mountain State faces many challenges in household income, social well-being, premature death, childhood poverty, educational attainment and fatal drug overdoses. Long-important industries have faded and continue to shrink. Young people still leave in search of opportunity, and our elderly sometimes struggle to live out their later years in dignity.

So, amid the celebrations of our first 150 years, let’s spend some time planning for the future. What are your best ideas for West Virginia’s next 150 years?

Be bold. Be creative. Be succinct. Send your suggestions of 50 words or fewer by June 14. We’ll publish the best in honor of the 150th West Virginia Day.

You can send your ideas to us in a variety of ways:

Send your ideas by:

– Email to

Facebook, wvgazette

– Twitter, @wvgazette, #150ideas

– Postal mail to:  150 ideas , The Charleston Gazette,  1001 Virginia St. E.,  Charleston, WV 25301

Or, just post your ideas in the comment section below.

2 Responses to “Help us gather 150 ideas for West Virginia’s future”

  1. Robin Blakeman says:

    1)WV’s future depends on preserving clean water, and restoring polluted streams. Abundant clean water = a birthright of every WV citizen. 2) Investing heavily in our public schools, ensuring vibrant music and Appalachian history programs in every school system in the state will lead us to a more sustainable future.

  2. Judy M says:

    Bring back an organization like the CCC to put welfare recipients to work to earn their own way and make them stronger community members.

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