Branson, Chambers Bringing Hyperloop, Millions Into Emerging Appalachia

John Chambers

John Chambers

Branson, Chambers bringing Hyperloop, millions into Appalachia
October 8, 2020

by Rebecca A. Fannin, Special to CNBC

KEY POINTS
  • Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop plans to open a certification center and testing track in West Virginia for its transformative transport technology.
  • Branson’s friend, former Cisco CEO and JC2 Ventures founder John Chambers, a native West Virginian, is among tech titans making big investments in the distressed Appalachian region, with the aim of bringing its coal and chemicals economy into the future.
  • Intuit’s Brad Smith is also giving back to his home state West Virginia and has gifted $60 million in scholarships, a talent recruiting program, and a center for business and innovation at his alma mater Marshall University.

SAVE THE DATES: John Chambers, January 21; Brad Smith, January 28 on Silicon Global Online