CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Anyone in West Virginia would agree that it's important to take steps to remove barriers that impede private-sector job growth, said Bob Welty, Fifth Third Bank's state president in West Virginia.
Welty attended Wednesday's kickoff event at the state Capitol for Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's "Jobs Summit & Listening Tour."
The jobs summit is part of Morrisey's 17-point plan for his first 100 days in office to meet with business leaders, consumer advocates and interested public citizens, the attorney general said.
Morrisey presented five goals of the "Jobs Summit & Listening Tour" to nearly 50 people Wednesday afternoon.
"If you look at his five points, Fifth Third has a strong commitment to West Virginia and his goals," Welty said. "We're interested in ideas anyone has in spurring economic growth in West Virginia. ... These are people looking for fresh ideas."
The Mountain State has many different types of economies and regions with diverse ideas, Morrisey said. He wants to ensure "no part of the state is left behind."
Morrisey will travel across West Virginia over the next six months to hear residents' thoughts about what can be done to improve the state's business climate.
He will visit the Eastern Panhandle later this month, he said.
"The jobs summit cannot succeed without public input," Morrisey said. "There's a perception problem out there. Let's figure out what we can do to change these perceptions ... so we can let people across the nation know how vibrant we are."