PIPESTEM, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) yesterday joined local leaders from across the country to participate in the National Association of Counties (NACo) Economic Mobility Leadership Network (EMLN) Meeting in Pipestem, W.Va. During the event, county leaders from West Virginia and throughout the nation discussed pressing policy issues and heard from Senator Capito about challenges and achievements that can be learned from West Virginia communities.

“In order for our local communities to be successful, we need to make sure opportunities are available for individuals to climb the economic ladder,” Senator Capito said. “Since day one, I have worked hard in Congress to do my part to create an environment that allows communities in West Virginia to thrive, but there’s always room to improve and untapped opportunities that can help our state continue to grow. NACo’s Economic Mobility meeting provided a valuable opportunity to hear from others in the U.S. about their challenges and solutions and learn from these experiences to improve communities across West Virginia.”

“Senator Capito has long understood that the way to change communities, and provide upward economic mobility, is through effective leadership and partnerships with leaders at the local level,” Mercer County Commissioner Greg Puckett said. “Her participation and visionary discussion for the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Economic Mobility Leadership Network here in Mercer County this weekend will give county leaders from throughout the United States an opportunity to talk about how rural states are working to create systemic change. This network has been an invaluable resource for county leaders, and serves as a learning opportunity for NACo. This session here in the mountain state will showcase how rural communities can diversity their offerings and attract new businesses despite challenges with areas such as broadband connectivity, substance use, and transportation. Her leadership at the federal level will resonate well for this group. I’m honored to have her join us!”

Photo from yesterday’s visit included below:

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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) participates in the National Association of Counties (NACo) Economic Mobility Leadership Network (EMLN) Meeting in Pipestem, W.Va. on Sunday, April 24, 2022.

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