West Virginias leaders will gather in Morgantown Wednesday through Friday for the second Leadership West Virginia Summit where some of the states most successful residents and ex-patriots will share ideas on how to turn the states sluggish economy around.
“We are at a crucial moment in West Virginia history, the time of decision,”said Gov. Bob Wise, who will deliver the keynote speech Thursday evening at Lakeview.”We will remain mired in the conflicts that define our past or work together to determine our own future.”
The summit begins at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday with a welcome by West Virginia University President David C. Hardesty, Jr. at the Erickson Alumni Center.
“Were excited to have the states current and future leaders on campus,”Hardesty said.”I commend Leadership West Virginia for its efforts to educate and encourage those with an abiding interest in this state and her future.”
Thursdays session begins at 8:30 a.m. at Lakeview Resort&Conference Center with an address by retired Adm. Joe Lopez, the chief operating officer of Brown and Root Services.
Others to speak include Tax Secretary Brian Kastick; David C. Satterfield, director of the W.Va. Development Office; Bray Cary, CEO of W.Va. Media Holdings; W. Marston Becker, chairman of Hales&Co.; and James”Buck”Harless, chairman of International Industries.
Raymond Lane, general partner of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield&Byers and former president of Oracle Corp., will speak at 9 a.m. Friday via satellite at the National Research Center for Coal and Energy on WVU s Evansdale Campus. The summit ends at 12:45 p.m.