Other speakers include Ted Boettner, executive director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, who will deliver a talk about the proposed trust fund some state lawmakers hope to create using natural gas tax revenues.
At 11:40 a.m., Richardson will talk about "a roadmap for sustainable economic development."
Sen. Jay Rockefeller also will speak to the crowd during lunch.
"The idea was to get a cross-section of perspectives to try to foster a conversation," Richardson said.
He said he invited experts who could talk about specific, concrete ideas about how West Virginia can diversity its economy. Some will speak about programs already in place in West Virginia, while others are experts will bring ideas from other states that could be co-opted here.
"The idea for this. . .was not to talk about problems, but to talk about solutions," he said.
Documentary director Elaine McMillion will host a screening of her project documentary "Hollow" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The interactive documentary is made up of 30 shorter documentaries created by McMillion and her production team of McDowell County residents. The project also includes photos, data visualizations and maps.
The event is free to the public, but Richardson said anyone interested in attending should visit www.ucsusa.org/wvbright
future to register. Seats are filling up fast.