Area residents trying to boost their communities gathered in Upshur County Thursday.
What's Next WV held the first in a series of workshops at West Virginia Wesleyan College to share strategies for expanding the economy and activity of local communities.
Organizers said getting others involved is one of the most important steps.
"We're really encouraging people to make connections among the people who are involved in work already, but also to open up the doors and open up their arms to bring new people into the mix. And I think that new energy is just going to be a benefit to the whole group," said Betty Knighton, who works with the WV Center for Civic Life, which supports the group.
The group will hold four more workshops across the state over the next few weeks.