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Mark Rauterkus

We have a big shortage of lifeguards already. They might have a hard time getting the employees who can swim and pass a lifeguarding course.

Jesse Legg

This is a great move. I've long felt that West Virginia needs to position itself like New Hampshire. New England suffered dramatic declines in major industries during the last century. Textiles, light industry and shoe-making previously accounted for the majority New Hampshire's economic base. That's fallen to single digits today. In the last ten years, however, tourism has created 38% of new jobs. The state is booming.

West Virginia is similarly endowed with a bounty of natural beauty and geographic proximity to major cities like Pittsburgh, Columbus, and DC. Analogous to New Hampshire and Boston, Providence or New York. Yet tourism in West Virginia seems non-existent.

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