CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An organization aimed at growing and retaining a diverse workforce honored two state lawmakers Tuesday at a luncheon held at the Charleston Embassy Suites.

Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, and Delegate Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha, were recognized by Opportunity West Virginia for their efforts in advocating for nondiscrimination policies.

According to organization executive director Jill Rice, the luncheon was to highlight policies that promote inclusion as part of an effort to create a competitive economic climate.

“West Virginia is not in a position right now where it can be turning people away,” Weld said.

Pushkin said most West Virginians want to help those who face discrimination by improving the social climate.

“I believe we have the political will in this state to do what we haven’t been able to do before and pass an employment and housing nondiscrimination act,” he added.

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee served as the luncheon’s keynote speaker, in which he talked about how important diversity is in retaining talent.

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