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The West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation and its Affiliate Services Program want the West Virginia Legislature to know what's happening along the I-79 High-Tech corridor. 

To get the message across, the WVHTC Foundation Affiliate Services Program is holding a "High-Tech Expo" on Thursday, March 14 at the Culture Center in Charleston.

"Our goal for this High-Tech Expo is to introduce our legislators to the many businesses who have become a successful part of the state's economy," said WVHTC Foundation President Jim Estep, "and at the same time, explain how some of our critical business and economic development services are in need of support."

The programs Estep is referring to are:

  • The Affiliate Services Program, initiated to provide workforce development, networking and employee benefits not readily accessible by a start-up or a small business looking to grow. Member benefits have grown, as has the membership, with more than 125 companies now participating statewide. 
  • INNOVA Commercialization Group, designed to provide business support services and seed- and early-stage investment capital dedicated to creating successful entrepreneurs and new ventures.  INNOVA specializes in bringing vital knowledge and resources to early-stage companies in support of product commercialization efforts.  In addition, INNOVA manages a growing seed-stage capital investment fund.
  • Foundation Innovator, a combination of low-cost, state-of-the-art office incubator space and business support services.  The Foundation Innovator is located in the Alan B. Mollohan Innovation Center in the I-79 Technology Park in Fairmont, which is home to numerous high-tech businesses, vibrant entrepreneurs, established organizations and government.

Nearly 25 high-tech firms located along the I-79 High-Tech corridor are planning to participate in the High-Tech Expo. 

The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 14 at the West Virginia Culture Center and Museum in Charleston.