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Monday, Oct. 7

10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Welcome - John Bolt

Senior Executive Director, Office of Communications

10:10 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Through a Different Lens: Arts as a Key to Population Growth and Retention

Keith Jackson

Dean, College of Creative Arts

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10:400 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Cybersecurity research and education: Helping meet the high demand for cybersecurity experts

Katerina Goseva-Popstojanova

Professor, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

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11:10 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Break-opportunity for one-on-one interviews

11:40 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Extracting Rare Earth and Critical Minerals from Coal Mine Drainage: Supplying the Nation’s Strategic Needs while Improving Our Streams.

Paul Ziemkiewicz

Director, West Virginia Water Research Institute

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12:10 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. Building an Innovation Economy in West Virginia

Lunch/Keynote: Javier Reyes

Milan Puskar Dean of the John C. Chambers College of Business and Economics; Vice President, Start-up West Virginia

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1:10 p.m. - 1:40 a.m. Health Sciences & Technology Academy: A WV Brain Gain Brain Child

Ann Chester

Director, Health Sciences and Technology Academy

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1:40 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. Break-opportunity for one-on-one interview

2:10 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. Understanding regional economic growth

Heather Stephens

Assistant Professor, Resource Economics and Management

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2:40 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Vantage Ventures: Overcoming Stall Points to Scaling Start-ups

Sarah Biller

Executive Director, Vantage Ventures
John Chambers College of Business and Economics

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3:10 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Break-opportunity for one-on-one interviews
3:40 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Down on Main Street: The Capital of Community Resilience

Tony Michael

Director, WVU Extension Service Family and Community Development

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4:10 p.m. - Wrap up and adjourn