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Strengthening the Creative Economy

One-in-three entrepreneurs in West Virginia makes a living within the creative sector, but faces challenges such as access to affordable office space, internet, equipment, and training. West Virginia State University’s Economic Development Center serves over 3,000 clients annually with a co-working space, meeting/office space, a digital conferencing center, and voice and video production studios. The facility provides space to 25 local nonprofit and community development organizations and is home to 28 creative media businesses, including videographers, musicians, producers, engineers, and photographers. Economic Development Center clients have launched more than 30 new businesses.

NIFA supports this project through Section 1444-Extension. Additional information may be found at WVSU's Economic Development Center.

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