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Your window into wonderful West Virginia. Sharing news and opportunities from Almost Heaven. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram @daily304

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Your window into wonderful West Virginia. Sharing news and opportunities from Almost Heaven. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram @daily304

    daily304 - Episode 06.25.2024

    daily304 - Episode 06.25.2024

    Welcome to the daily304 – your window into Wonderful, Almost Heaven, West Virginia.  
    Today is June 25, 2024.
    Shepherdstown gears up for its annual Contemporary American Theater Festival…Tamarack’s Ripple Program aims to bring more funding to the arts…and a Logan resident helps launch a global independent game development studio…on today’s daily304.

    #1 – From WMYW – Artistic Director Peggy McKowen shares how we can discover the ultimate theater experience in Shepherdstown this July at the Contemporary American Theater Festival.
    Each summer, the festival offers bold, new plays, allowing audiences to experience the entire season in just two days. Shepherdstown also hosts historic sites, cultural events, and unique boutiques, providing a charming and elegant atmosphere for visitors making it a place the whole family can enjoy - indoors and out! 
    Tune in to What Makes You Wonderful podcast to hear McKowen deliver the scoop on this award-winning festival.
    Listen now:
    https://daily304.libsyn.com/wmyw-and-the-contemporary-american-theater-festival-2024
     
    #2 – From DOMINION POST –  In January, the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts jump started its Ripple Program within the Morgantown community, designed to bring $10,000 to the local community to initiate two artistic projects. 
    Over the past five months, a group of dedicated community members worked together to brainstorm and bring impactful creative projects to life, receiving additional support from the Visit Mountaineer Country Conventions and Visitors Bureau and the Main Street Morgantown Affiliate Program. 
    Since its beginning in the Morgantown community in early 2024, the Ripple Program has supported seven events specifically designed and created to uplift our local artisans. 
    Read more:
    https://www.dominionpost.com/2024/06/13/tamarack-foundation-creates-ripple-effect-for-local-events/
     
    #3 – From GAZETTE-MAIL – Two industry veterans officially launched a global independent game development studio in Logan recently.
    Aaron Chambers, a native of Logan and former executive for PlayStation and Twitch, and Simone Di Gravio, a former leader at Epic Games, are the co-founders of PlayKigai, an international collective of game developers and digital artists spanning the United States and Europe.
    Chambers, who works remotely from Logan and Di Gravio, who works remotely from Milan, Italy, have branded PlayKigai a “forever remote” company in an attempt to attract the best talent possible. Their goal is to grow their contract staff to 8 to 12 people in the next quarter.
    Chambers believes the studio’s approach will create opportunities for aspiring young developers who don’t want to leave their local communities to grow their careers. 
    Read more:
    https://www.wvgazettemail.com/business/my-hometown-former-playstation-epic-games-leaders-launch-game-studio-in-logan/article_ce73a2c5-f8d1-575d-8bd6-be98d5a1a961.html
     
    Find these stories and more at wv.gov/daily304.
    The daily304 curated news and information is brought to you by the West Virginia Department of Commerce: Sharing the wealth, beauty and opportunity in West Virginia with the world. Follow the daily304 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @daily304. Or find us online at wv.gov and just click the daily304 logo. 
    That’s all for now. Take care. Be safe. Get outside and enjoy all the opportunity West Virginia has to offer
     

    • 3 min
    daily304 - Episode 06.24.2024

    daily304 - Episode 06.24.2024

    Welcome to the daily304 – your window into Wonderful, Almost Heaven, West Virginia.  
    Today is Monday, June 24, 2024 
    It’s sweet news for one agricultural industry in West Virginia as maple syrup production experiences a notable increase…Anglers, before you head to the rivers and streams, check out some helpful fishing info from WVDNR…and The History Project addresses the 80-year anniversary of the deadly Shinnston tornado…on today’s daily304.

    #1 – From WV NEWS – Maple syrup production in West Virginia is experiencing a notable increase, according to a recent release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2023, the state produced approximately 11,000 gallons of sweet maple syrup, a figure that rose to around 12,000 gallons in 2024. 
    Sales data for 2024 will be published in June 2025 as part of the Crop Production Report. To learn more about maple syrup production in the Mountain State, visit West Virginia Maple Syrup Producers Association at wvmspa.org.
    Read more:
    https://www.wvnews.com/news/wvnews/west-virginias-maple-syrup-production-on-the-rise/article_86bfb4ee-290b-11ef-af64-4b0f32b4caf3.html
     
    #2 – From WVDNR – Anglers, take note. West Virginia is known as the Mountain State, and the unique topography gives the state an abundance of rivers and streams. With waters ranging from small headwater brook trout streams to raging whitewater rivers to large, navigable rivers, West Virginia offers many opportunities for fishing and boating.
    To learn more about fishing and boating access, visit the WVDNR Interactive Fishing Map.
    Read more:
    https://wvdnr.gov/lands-waters/rivers-and-streams/
     
    #3 – From THE HISTORY PROJECT– With its steep topography, residents in West Virginia are typically more concerned with floods than tornadoes, but in 1944, the Appalachian tornado outbreak unleashed fury upon the mountains, leaving destruction and death in its wake. A category F-4 storm tested the resilience of Shinnston and the surrounding area.
    Tune into The History Project to learn about that fateful day on June 23, 1944, when West Virginia’s worst tornado erased the state’s sense of immunity from such storms.
    Watch the video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?si=M8_VV0Ker9SR_uot&v=UQbUaxTF4-s&feature=youtu.be
     
    Find these stories and more at wv.gov/daily304.
    The daily304 curated news and information is brought to you by the West Virginia Department of Commerce: Sharing the wealth, beauty and opportunity in West Virginia with the world. Follow the daily304 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @daily304. Or find us online at wv.gov and just click the daily304 logo. 
    That’s all for now. Take care. Be safe. Get outside and enjoy all the opportunity West Virginia has to offer.

    • 3 min
    daily304 - Episode 06.23.2024

    daily304 - Episode 06.23.2024

    Welcome to the daily304 – your window into Wonderful, Almost Heaven, West Virginia.  
    Today is Sunday, June 23, 2024 
    Discover farm-fresh produce and locally made goodies on an agritourism adventure through West Virginia…Boating season is here and the WVDNR wants to make sure you’re up to date on safety and regulations…and a scenic spot on the Hatfield-McCoy Trails is the latest location to receive an Almost Heaven swing…on today’s daily304.

    #1 – From WV TOURISM – Grab a basket and your shopping list and hit the market to gather fresh farm fruits, vegetables, baked goods, meats, and cheeses from West Virginia to bring to your table. 
    The Mountain State has the highest percentage of family-owned farms in the nation, so our farmers’ markets offer some of the freshest and most varied produce selections anywhere. 
    Check out our Farm Fresh Itinerary on wvtourism.com to plan your agritourism adventure.
    Learn more:
    https://wvtourism.com/things-to-do/arts-culture-history/farm-to-table/
     
    #2 – From WVDNR – With more than 2,000 miles of navigable, fishable streams, it’s easy to see why Almost Heaven is a popular boating destination. These beautiful, flowing waters are available for boating, outdoor recreation and memory making adventures. 
    Before heading out, it’s important to know the rules of the waters in West Virginia. Anyone born on or after Dec. 31, 1986 must successfully complete a Boating Safety Education Course before operating a motorboat or personal watercraft upon the waters of this state (20-7-12b). 
    For Information about FREE classes in your area, visit the boating education registration link at https://www.register-ed.com/.
    Read more:
    https://wvdnr.gov/boater-education/
     
    #3 – From WV NEWS – The West Virginia Department of Tourism has announced the location of the newest “Almost Heaven” swing.
    Tourism, in collaboration with the Hatfield-McCoy Trail Systems, placed the latest swing along the Rockhouse Trail System overlooking the Logan County town of Man.
    Tourism also recently installed one of the swings overlooking the 272-acre Lake Stephens in Beckley and another at Logan County’s Chief Logan State Park.
    The signs, designed and crafted by students at the Nicholas County Career and Technical Center, can now be found at more than 20 locations throughout the state. Visitors are encouraged to use the swing for photos and share to social media using #AlmostHeaven.
    To locate a swing, visit wvtourism.com.
    Read more:
    https://www.wvnews.com/news/wvnews/latest-almost-heaven-swing-placed-in-logan-county-west-virginia/article_7a5dc504-298a-11ef-942c-77905ee0fa16.html
     
    Find these stories and more at wv.gov/daily304.
    The daily304 curated news and information is brought to you by the West Virginia Department of Commerce: Sharing the wealth, beauty and opportunity in West Virginia with the world. Follow the daily304 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @daily304. Or find us online at wv.gov and just click the daily304 logo. 
    That’s all for now. Take care. Be safe. Get outside and enjoy all the opportunity West Virginia has to offer.

    • 3 min
    daily304 - Episode 06.22.2024

    daily304 - Episode 06.22.2024

    Welcome to the daily304 – your window into Wonderful, Almost Heaven, West Virginia.  
    Today is Saturday, June 22, 2024 
    It’s a gardening hoedown! (Get it? Hoe down?) Register for the Grow This Throwdown and you could win thousands in grant funding…Check off your summer bucket list with fun activities at West Virginia State Parks…and fill up on tasty treats at Charleston Sternwheel Regatta coming up next month…on today’s daily304.
    #1 – From WV NEWS – West Virginia University Extension will award over $20,000 in grant funding to winners of the inaugural Grow This Throwdown gardening competition, sponsored by the West Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association
    Launched in January, the Grow This Throwdown is an evolution of the WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program’s popular free seed initiative, Grow This: West Virginia Garden Challenge. This new competition pits West Virginia counties against each other in a series of gardening challenges. 
    Participants have been tasked with activities such as sending soil samples for testing at the WVU Soil Testing Lab, coloring Easter eggs with natural garden ingredients, and planting "edible landscapes" in communities across the state.
    For more information about the Grow This Throwdown and ongoing updates, visit growthiswv.org or follow the program on Facebook and Instagram @growthiswv. 
    Read more:
    https://www.wvnews.com/news/wvnews/wvu-extension-announces-20-000-in-grants-for-inaugural-grow-this-throwdown-gardening-competition/article_0cf2d4c0-2910-11ef-b879-1fb2b6d473ab.html
     
    #2 – From WV STATE PARKS – Make your summer a sizzling one packed with fun at West Virginia State Parks and Forests. Whether you prefer a heart-pounding adventure or a relaxing getaway, you’ll never run out of things to do in Almost Heaven. 
    To help you get started, Parks has provided a bucket list of 10 activities to tackle this summer. Check out the inflatables on the Adventure Lake at Tygart Lake State Park. Take a zipline ride at Pipestem Resort. Treat yourself to a spa session at Cacapon Resort. 
    Head over to wvstateparks.com to view the rest of the list, then see how many activities you can check off before school starts up again!
    Read more:
    https://wvstateparks.com/your-2024-west-virginia-state-parks-summer-bucket-list/
     
    #3 – From WV LIVING – Come hungry (and thirsty!) to this year’s Charleston Sternwheel Regatta. The 2024 event kicks off July 3 with the Wheelwash Craft Beer Festival at City Center at Slack Plaza, complete with live music from The M.F.B. and even a mechanical bull.
    When “Ya Gotta Regatta,” you’re going to get hungry, so organizers have scheduled a variety of food trucks throughout the festival featuring everything from typical carnival treats to seafood as well as ethnic and regional delicacies.
    Watch “professional” eaters get their chance to shine during the 2nd annual Tudor’s Biscuit World Hot Dog Eating Contest. Then cheer on the teenage chefs competing in the All Fired Up BBQ Challenge at Capitol Market. 
    The Charleston Sternwheel Regatta takes place July 3–7 in downtown Charleston. Check the website for the full schedule.
    Read more:
    https://wvliving.com/come-hungry-to-the-charleston-sternwheel-regatta/
     
    Find these stories and more at wv.gov/daily304.
    The daily304 curated news and information is brought to you by the West Virginia Department of Commerce: Sharing the wealth, beauty and opportunity in West Virginia with the world. Follow the daily304 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @daily304. Or find us online at wv.gov and just click the daily304 logo. 
    That’s all for now. Take care. Be safe. Get outside and enjoy all the opportunity West Virginia has to offer.

    • 4 min
    daily304 - Episode 06.21.2024

    daily304 - Episode 06.21.2024

    Welcome to the daily304 – your window into Wonderful, Almost Heaven, West Virginia.  
    Today is Friday, June 21, 2024 
    Find a rewarding career in public safety--Jobcase has the scoop on who’s hiring…Mountaintop Beverage creates hundreds of jobs with help from the WVEDA…and Raleigh County residents rally around their newest tourist attraction…on today’s daily304.

    #1 – From JOBCASE –  Explore a stable and rewarding career with the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation. New opportunities and incentives are available!
    As a correctional officer, you'll play a pivotal role in ensuring public safety, upholding public trust and contributing to a higher purpose. You'll be making a real impact on your community. The WV DCR oversees West Virginia's 11 prisons, 10 regional jails, 10 juvenile centers and three work-release sites.
    HIgher salaries await, along with great benefits, incentives and opportunities for advancement. Check out Jobcase.com to find out who’s hiring.
    Learn more:
    https://www.jobcase.com/articles/wv-dcr
     
    #2 – From WV EDA – According to their CEO, the huge, state-of-the-art Mountaintop Beverage facility would not exist in Morgantown without the West Virginia Economic Development Authority. Now, they’re creating hundreds of local jobs and proudly introducing the biggest international brands to North Central West Virginia.
    Watch the video:
    https://eda.wv.gov/success-stories/
     
    #3 – From WOAY-TV – Raleigh County residents are celebrating the installment of an Almost Heaven swing at the Lake Stephens Overlook.
    A project of the West Virginia Department of Tourism, the swings made their debut in 2022. Since then, 22 swings have been installed at scenic locations around the state, including this new one. Visitors are encouraged to snap a photo on the swings, then post the image to social media using #AlmostHeaven.
    Visit Southern West Virginia worked with Tourism to bring a swing to Lake Stephens. The wooden swings are hand built by the Nicholas County Career and Technical School.
    Visit wvtourism.com to view locations of all the Almost Heaven swings in the state. 
    Read more:
    https://woay.com/the-almost-heaven-swings-have-come-to-raleigh-county/
     
    Find these stories and more at wv.gov/daily304.
    The daily304 curated news and information is brought to you by the West Virginia Department of Commerce: Sharing the wealth, beauty and opportunity in West Virginia with the world. Follow the daily304 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @daily304. Or find us online at wv.gov and just click the daily304 logo. 
    That’s all for now. Take care. Be safe. Get outside and enjoy all the opportunity West Virginia has to offer.

    • 3 min
    daily304 - Episode 06.20.2024

    daily304 - Episode 06.20.2024

    Welcome to the daily304 – your window into Wonderful, Almost Heaven, West Virginia.  
    Today is Thursday, June 20, 2024 
    Find or post a manufacturing job in #YesWV with help from Jobcase…the executive director of Chemical Alliance Zone talks about his company’s vision and what he loves about living in Almost Heaven. And if you’re still riding high on Chef Paul Smith’s recent award, check out what he has to say in Taste WV…on today’s daily304.
    #1 – From JOBCASE – Looking for a job in manufacturing? Look no further than #YesWV. 
    The state’s diverse manufacturing sector includes chemicals, biotech/pharmaceuticals, primary metals, automotive components, fabricated products, wood products and more. West Virginia’s workforce ranks first in the U.S. for the lowest turnover rate in manufacturing-specific jobs.
    West Virginia boasts robust partnerships with employers, fostering a vibrant employment environment for job seekers. Through their partnership with Jobcase.com/WV/Post, #YesWV offers a free platform for local employers to post job opportunities.
    Learn more:
    https://www.jobcase.com/articles/manufacturing-in-wv
     
    #2 – From DAILY304 – Tune into Innovators and Entrepreneurs to listen to a chat with Kevin Degregorio about how his company, Chemical Alliance Zone, works to provide a solid base for entrepreneurs and offers great advice to those who are serious about starting their own businesses. Degregorio also takes a moment to share how he spends his time traveling and unwinding in the Mountain State. 
    “ChemCeption is an incubator at the West Virginia Regional Tech Park and it’s a place where startups and entrepreneurs can come, get lab space, even get pilot plant space,” Digregorio said. “We actually do the scale-up at the park, as well.”
    Innovators and Entrepreneurs is a bi-weekly segment of the daily304 that features discussions and wisdom from West Virginians who have built their companies and launched new ideas here in the Mountain State. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great content!
    Read more:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?si=xiPNWBKqDzJz1Sfa&v=kpBUN7SRbok&feature=youtu.be
     
    #3 – From TASTE! WEST VIRGINIA –  Upon the magazine’s relaunch in 2021, the team at Taste West Virginia met with Chef Paul Smith with the idea of writing a story on him and his restaurants for the new issue. 
    Over the course of a few additional meetings and discussions, a new vision for Taste West Virginia began to take place — one where Chef Paul would lead a new direction of storytelling and experiences that will take us places we had never envisioned. 
    “I want to spotlight the amazing people and places that many people may never have the chance to encounter when they travel through the state. We have so many opportunities to tell West Virginia’s amazing story through food and hospitality, says Paul, who became the first West Virginian to win a coveted James Beard Award.
    Read more:
    https://tastewv.com/?page_id=844
     
    Find these stories and more at wv.gov/daily304.
    The daily304 curated news and information is brought to you by the West Virginia Department of Commerce: Sharing the wealth, beauty and opportunity in West Virginia with the world. Follow the daily304 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @daily304. Or find us online at wv.gov and just click the daily304 logo. 
    That’s all for now. Take care. Be safe. Get outside and enjoy all the opportunity West Virginia has to offer.

    • 4 min

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