The Visioning Project consists of a listening “tour”, either in person or via alternative means when an in-person meeting isn’t possible or practical, centered in Boone, Logan, Raleigh, Fayette, Kanawha, Mercer and Summers counties, as well as other coalfield areas. In addition, there will be individuals in smaller numbers from outlier counties.
The idea behind the project is to conduct multiple interviews in a community meeting setting whenever feasible. Meetings can be with familiar or new faces and the goal is to conduct six per team member during the duration of the project. Interview questions are pre-determined and ask participants about West Virginia issues that most impact them and their loved ones and how they would like to see said issues addressed.
Other components of the listening project included registering West Virginians to vote via neighborhood canvassing, writing op-eds for local newspapers, social media outreach and posting flyers with a QR code that takes a would-be participant to a Google Form where they are able to submit their answers to the questions online and be a part of the project.