Gov. Justice OKs bill elevating tourism, development offices

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) West Virginia Director Ryan Thorn announces a $249,930 grant for West Virginia Community Development Hub.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has approved legislation that elevates the state’s tourism division and development office to separate cabinet-level departments.

Effective in late May, they will be known as the Department of Tourism and the Department of Economic Development.

Last month Justice appointed former Senate President Mitch Carmichael to become the state’s economic development director. Carmichael, a Jackson County Republican, lost in the June 2020 primary to elementary school teacher Amy Nichole Grady, who went on to win the general election.

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