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Deadline Saturday to sign up for Create West Virginia event

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- People who want to get a break on early registration for the sixth annual Create West Virginia Conference have until Saturday.

The 2013 Create West Virginia Conference is heading to the heart of the problem, said Rebecca Kimmons, conference director. The conference will take place Oct. 24 through 26 in Richwood.

Previous conferences were held at Snowshoe and Stonewall Jackson resorts, as well as in Charleston. The conference will focus on all of West Virginia's future but Richwood is a great place to start, Kimmons noted.

Richwood was once home to the world's largest clothespin factory and shoe leather tannery.

"The city of Richwood has these two rows of red brick buildings built between 1901 and 1920 waiting for habitation," Kimmons said.

The organization strives to foster creative, diverse, technologically advanced and competitive communities throughout the mountain state. They want communities and individuals alike to think outside the box, as well as globally.

Kimmons said she'd like to see more of a focus on intellectual property and creative ideas, rather than the number of West Virginia exports.

"The conference gives participants a new framework to assess their communities' assets," Kimmons said. "We've planted seeds, and the seeds are now growing."

Since the first conference in 2007, communities such as Buckhannon, Fayetteville, Huntington and Princeton have begun implementing "creative community concepts" emphasizing entrepreneurship, technology and quality of place as a growth strategy.

The early $249 registration fee saves participants $100. More information about the conference and registration may be found at

Reach Caitlin Cook at or 304-348-5113.



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