WVU Extension Service empowers young entrepreneur to add bite to his business plan’s bark

Fueled by his ultimate love of dogs and a simple product, Zeb Helmick manages to be the figurehead of a pet treat company that is expanding — fast. Of course he’s nudged in the right direction by his parents, and he’s also equipped with knowledge from the West Virginia University Extension Service. With that guidance, Zeb’s Barky Bites has grown in to something that not only benefits the furry, four-legged animals, but also those involved in agriculture.

WVU supply chain students tackle state food desert

A group of West Virginia University students is addressing the growing problem of “food deserts” in the state, as the combination of a declining rural population and below average income have left many West Virginians living significant distances from supermarkets and reliable food sources. That project, as it turns out, may not only help with West Virginia’s food access problem, but may also address the problem on a global scale.

Wood named WVU Energy Institute interim director as Anderson moves to NETL

James F. Wood has been appointed interim director of the West Virginia University Energy Institute, replacing Brian Anderson, named Friday (Nov. 9) to lead the National Energy Technology Laboratory, the only federally-operated National Laboratory in the Department of Energy system.

Statewide partnership celebrates health outcomes

A unique West Virginia-based healthcare partnership is ending, following a 10-year collaboration. The Weight Management Program, a community-based diet and exercise program, reached 33 counties through approximately 100 fitness centers around the Mountain state.

WV Forward, DRWV host roundtable on urgency to reduce national security backlog to accelerate job growth in West Virginia

The increasing national backlog of security clearance approval hinders West Virginia’s ability to take advantage of one of the nation’s fasting growing economic sectors, prompting two development groups to convene a discussion Friday (Oct. 12) with Senator Joe Manchin, representatives from the office of Senator Shelley Moore Capito, and array of government officials and industry to discuss how to chip away at the buildup.