It has been 10 years since business, labor and government joined together and created Vision Shared, a collaborative effort to combat West Virginia’s long-standing economic development challenges. Vision Shared burst out of the gate with a never-before-seen ability to forge consensus between historically opposing forces, and the result was a critical transformation in the state’s ailing worker’s compensation system.
Since that early success, Vision Shared leaders have worked on a host of policy issues ranging from medical liability and tax reform to health care and business development. At the same time, our volunteers have given the state progressive research and recommendations to help communities embrace the knowledge-based “New Economy” using creative and sustainable development concepts.
We will continue to track West Virginia’s economic progress through our annual Performance Measures Report, and we are beginning 2011 with a new committee structure, but we are proud of our accomplishments from our first decade of operation. Below are some of the highlights from the original four steering committees, and many of the documents related to them are available for download on the left:
Vision Shared’s collaboration with the PIECES Advisory Council and West Virginia Kids COUNT led to passage of legislation in 2009 implementing governance, quality standards and financing of early childhood development. In 2010, we assisted PIECES as it transitioned to become a new state Early Childhood Advisory Council and will continue to support their work in 2011 and beyond.
Among the many accomplishments of teams that operated under this steering committee, one of our most noteworthy accomplishments was from the Vision Shared Creative Communities Team. This team established Create West Virginia, a movement dedicated to helping communities transform and compete in the new economy. Vision Shared also launched or partnered on several entrepreneurship initiatives, many of while will continue to be worked on by our new Entrepreneurship Committee. Our previous Sustainable Development Team shined a bright light on the concept when it released its white paper in spring 2008. Going forward, sustainability will be part of all our activities.
Teams in this steering committee worked on issues ranging from health care and energy to high-tech business growth and access to federal resources. Among our legislative successes, Vision Shared created legislation in 2008 (SB553) to centralize all information and permits required to start a business in one online location. The single web portal is being compiled by the Governor’s Office of Technology. In 2009, Vision Shared managed the Roadmap to Health Project: a collaboration of volunteers established by the Legislature. Legislation passed in 2009 (SB414) creates the Governor’s Office of Health Enhancement and Lifestyle Planning to coordinate government health care providers, launch pilot projects using the patient-centered medical home care model, encourage the use of health information technology and focus on wellness and health promotion. And in 2010, Vision Shared achieved passage of a new tax credit (SB185) to promote patent development and commercialization in partnership with our two state research institutions.
Building Bridges and Empowering Citizens
This steering committee looked at ways to improve West Virginia’s image, develop leaders and support the work of Generation West Virginia, which remains as one of our strategic partners. Another previous Vision Shared project that will continue involves our work in building the state’s nonprofit capacity. We partnered with the Ross Foundation on a research project involving the state’s nonprofit sector, and we will be bringing the results of the Ross Foundation’s exemplary work to the public soon.
Building Bridges and Empowering Citizens
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- 2000 Implementation Plan
- 2001 Strategy Report
- 2008 Ratings and Rankings Report
- 2008 Competitive Assessment
- 2008 Work Plan for West Virginia
- “Culture, Creativity and Innovation: West Virginia in the New Economy” (2007)
- “Sustainable Development in West Virginia: Economic Opportunities, Healthy Environment and Improved Quality of Life, Now and in the Future” (2008)
- Senate Bill No. 185 (2010)
- House Concurrent Resolution 102 (2010)
- “Coal: Energy, the Environment and West Virginia, Leadership for West Virginia and Beyond” (2008)
- Vision Shared Long-Term Care Taskforce Report (2007)
- “Now, More Than Ever: a ‘Call to Action’ to Strengthen West Virginia’s Capacity for Obtaining Federal Grant Dollars”
- Senate Bill 553 (2008)
- Senate Bill 414 (2009)