Gene, the conference yesteday was one of the best that I have attended in years. The group has enormous potential for creating an environment of positive change. Some comments and observations:
DigiSo is brillant! Where the value proposition of the 19th century was agriculture and the 20th century manufacturing the value proposition of the 21st century is experiential. Facebook is an experience. Digital media is at the heart of where value will be created in the coming decades. I would suggest an objective of creating six to ten scaled down versions of DigiSo around the state. From what I saw $150K to $200K in software and hardware would set up a highly functional media development center. Suggested additions would include motion capture and a computer gaming lounge for middle and high school students to create a place to hang out with people doing real work.
West Virginia can only grow incrementally by improving on how it does the industries that it already has. It can grow exponentially by creating new industries. Digital media is an exponential industry.