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The latest news from the Smith OEDC

WVU names Edwards to lead development of outdoor recreation infrastructure

“Edwards gained quite the reputation in the trail building community and is known for the care and effort he places into design, with special attention to sustainability and working with the topography of the land. He brings this knowledge, experience, and creativity with him as he seeks to reimagine trails in West Virginia that will shape the state’s communities for years to come. ”

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Leveraging WV’s Outdoor Assets

“Danny Twilley, Ph.D. and assistant dean of the WVU Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative, explains to host Sheila Hyland how this talent and retention program helps the state through supporting remote professionals and their families who relocate to the state in pursuit of a high quality, outdoor lifestyle.”

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Trails in the Making

“As far as trail-building, the primary effort this season has gone into the beginning stages of a several-mile shared-use trail system on WVU property at West Run—trails that will open officially in the spring. The Smith OEDC hired the International Mountain Biking Association’s Trail Solutions team and Appalachian Dirt out of Thomas to do the grading and initial cut-in, which prepared the surface for finishing work by volunteers.”

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Readers Pick Region’s Top Adventure Colleges

"In our annual contest we placed 32 schools against each other in a bracket-style competition and received a flood of online voting from fans of their favorite schools. The colleges were chosen based on academic curricula, outdoor clubs, commitment to environmental initiatives, and, of course, access to adventure. Ultimately two winners—West Virginia University and WVU Institute of Technology—tied for the top prize."

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