WELCH, W.Va. — McDowell County residents will have an opportunity this weekend to find out what is happening in their county.

Reconnecting McDowell and the McDowell County Economic Authority are sponsoring the McDowell Expo to promote employment and training opportunities as well as services and programs.

“To inform the public and make available under one roof the many things and opportunities that McDowell County provides,” said Bob Brown with Reconnecting McDowell.

The expo, which runs Friday and Saturday, will feature around 70 businesses and non-profit groups including Southern West Virginia Community College, the Welch Gas Co-Op and the Hatfield/McCoy Regional Recreation Authority, just to name a few.

Brown said this is just another step in trying to make the public school system better for the children.

“We’ve recognized and have known for a long time that if you’re really going to improve the academic achievement of children in our public schools we have to begin to recognize and deal with some of the issues that the school come to school with,” he said.

So through the two day expo, sponsors are trying to address one of those issues.

“It’s just the nature of the business but many agencies and many people tend to work in their own little silo so we are trying to break down the walls so that their is more of a spirit of cooperation between agencies, organizations and prospective employers,” said Brown.

In addition to the many exhibits, the West Virginia National Guard will be hosting a job fair during the expo. Health screenings will also be available for the public.

Brown believes this event just goes along with Reconnect McDowell’s role in the county.

“If we can help coordinate a lot of the activities that are taking place in McDowell County and make them available to a broader spectrum of the folks who live there, everyone will be a lot better off,” he said.

The expo is being held at the Welch National Guard Armory. Brown hopes all citizens who can drive can be there.

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