Forbes ranked West Virginia 45th in the nation for "best states for business" last year. Another study put the state at 44th in the U.S. for business friendliness, Morrisey said.
Being ranked at the bottom isn't acceptable, he said.
"For years, the business climate has compared poorly to other states," he said. "Starting a business in West Virginia can be very daunting. We must kick-start job development."
The state must clean its workforce of a perpetual prescription-drug problem, Morrisey said.
Wendy E. McCuskey, president of the Associated Builders & Contractors West Virginia Chapter, said the construction sector has "a huge drug problem with our workers.
"When we host a job fair, about 10 to 15 people out of 150 pass a drug test at job fairs," McCuskey said after the jobs summit. "We're excited to have a partner as an advocate for business owners."
The state lost 100 construction jobs last month.
McCuskey said business owners with the Associated Builders & Contractors get "bogged down" with regulations, which makes their job that much harder.
Morrisey said he plans to take each opinion presented during the "Jobs Summit & Listening Tour" and consider whether his office can do something about it.
He also anticipates reaching out to affected state clients and giving them an opportunity to react to West Virginians' ideas.
Finally, he may modify a package of ideas that he would present to the Legislature, he said.
"We're going to go around the state, ask questions and listen. We're going to benefit by getting your feedback," Morrisey said. "The attorney general's office will take all necessary steps to help move our economy forward."
Morrisey asks West Virginians who do want to submit an opinion about how the attorney general's office can help attract jobs to the state to email communicati...@wvago.gov and include in the subject line "Job Summit & Listening Tour."
Reach Megan Workman at megan.work...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.