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State Capitol set to host technology showcase

Mar. 08, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- West Virginia's high-tech economy will be on full display at the State Capitol from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, during "Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day," hosted by Industries of the Future-West Virginia and TechConnect West Virginia.

Anne Barth, executive director of TechConnect West Virginia, said the goal is to put a face on the innovation economy to let policymakers know the industry is growing and creating jobs across the Mountain State. Support from elected leaders is key for more innovation growth in West Virginia, she said.

West Virginia's innovation economy includes technology-based companies, manufacturers, funders, research organizations, economic development organizations and entrepreneurs.

Activities taking place during the day-long event include exhibits in the rotunda beginning at 9 a.m. and an IOF-WV Awards Luncheon at the Culture Center at 11:45 a.m. A panel discussion titled "Sustaining WV's Innovation Network" takes place at 1:30 p.m. in the Senate Judiciary Committee Room. Among the presenters will be Charlotte Weber of the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing. She will share information about her center's 3-D printing capabilities and highlight new assistance services available for entrepreneurs.

For more information, contact Anne Barth at 304-444-2918 or anne@techconnectwv.org, or visit www.techconnectwv.org.