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BECKLEY, W.Va. (NEWS RELEASE) -- As thousands of Boy Scouts arrive for the start of their National Jamboree in southern West Virginia, U.S. Rep Nick Rahall (D – W.Va.) today announced the launch of a new mobile application from the Third District Accelerator program, "Experience West Virginia," created for Experience West Virginia Consortia to highlight a series of workshops and performances throughout southern West Virginia during the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.

"My message today is short and sweet. The Jamboree represents a premiere opportunity to showcase West Virginia with the scouts and their families. The Internet is going to prove to be a valuable instrument for all of Appalachia to market itself.  That's all the more important that we here locally are fully on board," said Rahall. "With the advent of smart phones and tablets, we have entered a brand new chapter in the information age.  Business better fall in line or get left behind.  Utilizing resources from the Third District Accelerator Gant, this app represents social media marketing at its finest."

Rahall was joined by representatives of the design, development and marketing teams who collaborated on the development of the unique "app" for Google Android platform mobile phones to promote learning experiences about the history, culture, and natural beauty of West Virginia for visiting Scouts and their families.

Below are Rahall's remarks, as prepared for delivery:

 

REMARKS

U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, II

PRESS CONFERENCE

"Experience West Virginia" Mobile App Unveiling

Erma Byrd Center, Beaver, WV

During their inaugural jamboree just a few miles up the road, the Boy Scouts of America will connect almost every aspect of West Virginia's great outdoors to the e-atmosphere.  Through the new Experience West Virginia app, visiting Scouts and their families can learn about a host of activities that make our region unique.

My message today is short and sweet.  Everyone who can Tweet, hashtag, post on Facebook, Instagram, Vine, or even send an old fashioned email,  needs to learn about the newly minted Experience West Virginia app and download it today!  

Then, once it's loaded on your smart phone, help us spread the word so our guests can discover the wonders of Appalachia.  Thanks to the quick and timely work of the team at Concord's Rahall Technology Center, programs and events to entertain and enlighten our visiting scout families are at our fingertips. 

Whether it's about our magnificent ATV trails, our heritage of glass making, musical performances or civil war medicine—our visitors and Scouts can find out more on the Experience West Virginia app.

With the advent of smart phones and tablets, we have entered a brand new chapter in the information age.  Business better fall in line or get left behind.  Utilizing resources from the Third District Accelerator Gant, this app represents social media marketing at its finest. 

Our mountains may be old, but our technology is as current as the World Wide Web, which makes dollars and sense for our businesses, allowing them to become more competitive.  That is one of the primary goals of the 3-D grant.

The Jamboree represents a premiere opportunity to showcase West Virginia with the scouts and their families.  With the planned high adventure camps and international jamboree now on the near horizon, the world is going to be Googling away to find out what's happening and available in the scout reserve's back yard. The Internet is going to prove a valuable instrument for all of Appalachia to market itself.  That's all the more important that we here locally are fully on board.

Let us not forget either that all our investments in wowing scouting families pay a sound residual in dividends by attracting other visitors wanting to take full advantage of wild and wonderful venues.

I thank all of our partners – Marshall University, Concord University, the Robert C. Byrd Institute, Natural Capital Investment Fund, TechConnect, Experience West Virginia, Bridgemont, and more – and I look forward to many more 3-D efforts to assist and serve our business and industry.  Thank you.

Background:  Experience West Virginia is an initiative sponsored by Bluefield State College, Concord University, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, West Virginia State University, New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, WV Campus Compact, and three Community and Technical Colleges – Bridgemont, New River and Southern West Virginia.  Programming is open to all visitors, local residents and Boy Scouts and their families.  The Third District Accelerator is funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Regional Commission to provide integrated business support efforts and technical assistance, including grantsmanship workshops, training and workforce development, e-business marketing and entrepreneurial support, and advanced manufacturing tools/capabilities.

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