Symposium Addresses W.Va. 'Drain Brain' Problem
by Charles Young for the   Charleston Daily Mail

"If we don't come up with solutions, our state will rot from the inside out," she said. "That's not a pretty picture. We'll implode."

CHARLESTON - West Virginia has a "brain drain" problem.

Paul Daugherty, chairman and founder of Generation West Virginia, said the phrase, which refers to young people leaving the state seeking career, social, economic and other opportunities elsewhere, describes one of the Mountain State's biggest challenges.

In an effort to find solutions and pass them on to the state's youth, Daugherty's nonprofit research organization brought together leaders in business, government, education and other fields to speak at the 2013 Solutions Symposium Thursday afternoon in Charleston. The speakers, who hailed from all across the state, addressed an audience of more than 50 attendees at the Summit Conference Center on Summers Street.

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