by Jenny Totten and Build it Up! West Virginia Participants
As a born and raised West Virginian, I can say that my state has gotten some pretty bad raps in the past. Sure, we’ve been last in a lot of things, we’ve been first in some others like obesity rates and unhappiness, but the recent release of the interactive documentary Hollow has ignited a passion and a fire in several of our Build it Up! West Virginia participants to design and create community and economic development activities across southern West Virginia. Below are their comments about the future of this state, the future of McDowell County, and their place in it. I hope you feel inspired, I know I do.