Bethany was the only higher education institution participating in an economic roundtable hosted by West Virginia First District U.S. Congressman David B. McKinley on Tuesday, February 19, in Weirton.
Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. David Youngberg and students
Amber Ridings and Peter Franklin participated in the 90-minute
discussion on the economy with Congressman McKinley and local public
officials and business leaders. The Bethany group was accompanied by
Executive Assistant to the President Dr. Mort Gamble.
The roundtable focused on looming federal budget cuts, or
“sequestration,” other issues and trends pertaining to the U.S. economy,
ideas on how to market West Virginia as a business destination and the
current political climate in Washington.
Ridings, from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, and
Franklin, from the Pittsburgh area, offered their views on how the
national and state economies could attract business development.
Rep. McKinley has frequently consulted with Bethany College
officials on issues and trends of importance to higher education.