The Center’s Dr. Linton Wells II, and Dr. Michael Hieb are leaders in West Virginia project

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SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV–A national group of thought leaders convened at Shepherd University’s Center for Regional Innovation on Tuesday, December 6, to discuss the Appalachia Advancing project. The project will identify opportunities in the Appalachian region to build community-based, collaborative economies that leverage innovative technologies and public-private partnerships. The initial project, part of a broader initiative called BROCADE (Building Resilient Opportunities in Culturally Aware, Diverse Environments), will focus on McDowell County, West Virginia, with the intent to design the approach as repeatable, scalable, and transferable to other areas of Appalachia and similar communities in the U.S.

Dr. Linton Wells II, and Dr. Michael Hieb, both in the George Mason University’s Center for Excellence in C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Intelligence) and Cyber will be leading the project, in partnership with Shepherd University President Mary J.C. Hendrix, an internationally renowned cancer researcher and founder of Shepherd University’s Center for Regional Innovation.