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What's Next, Clay County?—Nonstop Journey to a Better Tomorrow
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Early one morning this past January, two Clay County school busses pulled up at the state capitol complex in Charleston. Inside were members of the group “What’s Next, Clay County?”, one of twenty-five communities across the state that is organizing to strengthen their local economy as a part of the “What’s Next, WV?” initiative.
Sign up to bring "What's Next" conversations to your community today! http://whatsnextwv.org/organize-discussion
Over seventy people attended their first community meeting last fall—not a small feat in a community of their size. They chose five areas to focus their work: youth and education; infrastructure; small business; drugs; and cleaning up trash and dilapidated properties.
Since then, they realized they would need outside help to accomplish all they have set out to do, so they set off for a day at the capitol. This is a story about a small, rural community fighting for a brighter economic future for their families and neighbors.
To get to know these Clay Countians in living color, check out this short documentary about their day at the legislature.
A surprise notification from the federal government that the state must return nearly half a billion dollars in COVID-19 funds has several major funding issues on hold.
These last days of the regular session are typically when state budget issues are debated and resolved.