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Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative

Advancing West Virginia Through Outdoor Recreation

With generous support from Brad and Alys Smith, we’re using West Virginia’s outdoor assets to ignite the economy, develop world-class recreational infrastructure, and expand outdoor educational opportunities.

Our Programs & Initiatives Our Mission

Smith OEDC Programs & Initiatives

Through education, research, community engagement, and asset development, the Smith OEDC is creating initiatives that improve the economy, health, and future of West Virginians.

Ascend WV Remote Worker Program

Ascend WV is a talent attraction and retention program designed to support remote professionals and their families as they relocate to West Virginia in pursuit of high quality of life and an outdoor-driven lifestyle. Experience work-life balance through community, purpose, and the outdoors in the mountains of West Virginia.

Talent Attraction & Retention
Science Adventure School

Science Adventure School

Science Adventure School (SAS) is an adventure-based, outdoor science program dedicated to empowering and educating WV youth. We integrate adventure sports-driven STEM activities with engaging environmental curriculum for a distinct focus on student development through experiential education.

Science Adventure School
Map Screenshot with outdoor assets around Morgantown, WV.

Outdoor Infrastructure & Community Development

We work with communities to identify and develop outdoor recreation resources that enhance the quality of life for citizens of West Virginia.

Outdoor Economy
Science Behind the Sport

Science Behind the Sport

As the curriculum behind Science Adventure School, these educational programs demonstrate fundamental principles in the context of adventure sports. Hands (and feet!) on learning actively engages participants to get kids excited about science!

Science Behind the Sport
Professor Vaike Haas with her class doing trail work.

Research & Asset Mapping

Mapping outdoor recreation assets in the Mountain State highlights the wealth of our natural resources. Our whitewater, fly-fishing, trails, and rock climbing set us apart from other destinations in that they are valuable, rare, and cannot be imitated.

WV By the Numbers

WV By the Numbers

We've conducted research and collected data about outdoor recreation in West Virginia. Findings show that our natural resources are valuable, rare, and cannot be imitated.

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Highlights and Happenings

Wondering what's happening in West Virginia's outdoor economy?
We've got you covered.