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Focus Forward: Preparing Today for the West Virginia of Tomorrow

Focus Forward: Preparing Today for the West Virginia of Tomorrow is an annual event uniquely designed to link education and economic development. Hundreds of decision makers along with state and national experts come together to address emerging workforce needs.

Focus Forward 2024: March 27

The event series is hosted by the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.
Focus Forward 2024

A diverse group of state and national thought leaders gather at Focus Forward 2024.



Average number of local, state and national leaders who attend Focus Forward annually


National and state experts from government, education and industry who have shared forward-looking insights at our conference


Statewide media stories that have covered Focus Forward to date, leading to 100,000+ media impressions 

Past Events


2018 Focus Forward

Big Data and the WV Economy
September 16
Charleston, WV

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2019 Focus Forward

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
October 9
Charleston, WV

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2021 Focus Forward

Beyond the Cloud
March 17 & April 22

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2022 Focus Forward

West Virginia’s New Narrative
April 27, 2022
Morgantown, WV

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2023 Focus Forward

Focus Forward with Big Energy
April 5, 2023
Morgantown, WV

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