CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Tourism interests in the Mountain State can weigh in on ways to improve the industry’s workforce.

The Jefferson County Development Authority says the West Virginia Department of Tourism has been awarded a $5.1 million grant for tourism and hospitality workforce development by the United States EDA.

Now, the state’s tourism office wants help from its partners to complete a survey to help determine the best way to structure tourism programs and improve its workforce.

“This includes everything from hotels and restaurants to outdoor recreation and historic sites,” according to the announcement from JCDA.

The Department of Tourism describes the survey as “designed for those who employ or manage workers in the tourism and hospitality industry in West Virginia.”

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The workforce programs will be built around the needs identified in survey responses, according to the JCDA.