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UIDP Xurban 2023 Webinar Series Session 1: Talent, Recruitment, and Retention in Xurban Communities

Cities and communities outside major metro areas are seeking practical approaches to advance their innovation ecosystems, and talent is a critical factor impacting their success. The first Xurban webinar in this series discussed how non-urban university communities are developing strategies to address talent shortages and gaps in their communities. Panelists from West Virginia University (WVU) and Kansas State University discussed the genesis and execution of collaborative programs: Great Plains Partners Innovations and Venture Groups, the Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative, and WVU Office of Strategic Initiatives. Speakers shared key learnings about addressing human resource needs for the long-term within these communities.

Originally aired,
Thursday, July 20, 2023


  • Art DeGroat, Kansas State University
  • Elizabeth Vitullo, West Virginia University
  • Danny Twilley, West Virginia University
  • Jack Thompson, West Virginia University