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In the coming days, Boy Scouts and visitors from across the country will descend on Fayette County for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. This will be the first event of its kind at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, and you can't help but be excited about this venue and what it means for all of Southern West Virginia. The Jamboree itself is billed as 50,000 people coming together to celebrate scouting, and we hope all of our visitors have an amazing, safe time while they play in our mountains and rivers and take full advantage of our world-class recreational opportunities.

The Mountain State has been a secret for far too long, and while it remains to be seen what the long-term impact of the camp will be, one thing is certain — a lot of preconceived notions about West Virginia will change once the event is over and our visitors have come and gone. 

This is a chance for our state to shine like never before. Our scenic vistas are some of the most beautiful anywhere, and our whitewater can quicken the pulse of even the most seasoned adventurer. We need to credit the brilliant, visionary men and women who saw our potential so many years ago and opened our state for tourism in ways that, just a generation ago, seemed totally unbelievable. Now is the time when we rise to the occasion and take it to the next level.

If we roll out the red carpet and carry ourselves with the kind of dignity, charm and affability we're known for, who knows what that could mean for our state. 

We certainly do not know who's coming, but we know what we have to offer. West Virginia is a safe, wonderful place to raise a family. We're a state that understands what it means to be generous and the importance of spending time with the people we love. 

Hopefully, our elected leaders will one day have the courage to truly unleash prosperity and give the citizens of this state a lasting shot at the American Dream. We can never lose sight of the future, but right here, right now is vital. 

By all accounts, the Greenbrier Classic was a smashing success. We can't let the momentum decline. 

West Virginia is wild, wonderful and completely unique. As the stereotypes begin to fade away, it's up to us seize the momentum and show the rest of the country what West Virginia is all about.