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Focus Forward conference to explore opportunities, risks of a digital world

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Join more than 400 business, government, education and community leaders from across the Mountain State for Focus Forward: West Virginia's Digital Destiny March 27 in Morgantown. (WVU Graphic)

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WHAT: The West Virginia Public Education Collaborative, based at West Virginia University, and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation will host the sixth annual Focus Forward conference.

Focus Forward: West Virginia’s Digital Destiny will feature discussions about how technologies and digitization will revolutionize the state’s workforce, economy and education system.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

WHERE: Morgantown Event Center, Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place, Two Waterfront Place, Morgantown       

WHO: More than 400 business, government, education and community leaders from across West Virginia are expected to attend. 

See the full schedule of speakers and event agenda. 

NOTES: Each year, Focus Forward addresses how emerging issues will affect West Virginia’s economy and workforce. Past topics have included artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, supercomputing assets and innovative technologies.

The conference welcomes experts from the national, state and local levels to discuss how West Virginia can best prepare to take on these issues, ready its workforce, attract new businesses and grow the economy.  

Immediately following the conference, Discover the Real West Virginia, the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and WVU Medicine will host a special reception from 4-6 p.m. featuring Dr. Ali Rezai, RNI executive chair.

Members of the media who are interested in attending the conference or the reception should contact Katie Farmer at 315-256-8509 or



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