Successful entrepreneur relocates to help revitalize his tiny West Virginia home town

A West Virginia town with about 2,500 people might seem like an unlikely place for a nationally known, Internet-based business, but Ken Allman says his hometown of Hinton and his business, PracticeLink, continue to be good for one another.

Allman’s business started humbly in his St. Louis apartment in 1994. He moved it to Hinton within the first few years.

Since then, it has grown into the largest job bank for physicians in the country.

These days the website gets more than 200,000 visitors a month from job seekers, recruiters and employers.

As much as Hinton has been good for Allman and PracticeLink, they have been good for the town, too.

What started as a way of giving PracticeLink employees and clients a place to stay while they do business in Hinton has turned into a piece-by-piece re-do and revitalization of the town’s historic district.

While his company, MountainPlex, might have started the revitalization efforts, Allman is quick to credit civic groups and local government for their involvement in the work, too.

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