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This “Member Market” is a paid announcement sent by the Alliance on behalf of a member to business and community leaders and young professionals.

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Prestera Center to host benefit on Sept. 27

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Get fresh, locally grown produce this Saturday

SAGE_withCAAMembers of the Charleston Area Alliance’s SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) program will be selling produce this Saturday at the East End Bazaar from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

SAGE is a multipronged economic development initiative with the goal of training and developing prospective urban agriculture entrepreneurs, or “agripreneurs.” Participants in the program receive education and training in farming and business practices that are both economically and environmentally sustainable.

Produce that will be available this Saturday include:

  • Swiss chard
  • Cut flower bouquets
  • Herbs (basil, lime basil, Italian parsley, thyme, garlic chives)
  • Nasturtiums
  • Pattypan squash
  • Eggplant
  • Beet greens
  • Purple jalapenos
  • Green tomatoes
  • Fennel bulbs with tops
  • Cilantro

The East End Bazaar is located at the corner of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue.

The crops were cultivated at micro-farms located on Charleston’s West Side. The micro-farms, which were constructed by SAGE participants and volunteers, are where trainings for the program takes place.

SAGE aims to create economic opportunities and jobs for participants, while minimizing impact to the environment through sustainable agriculture practices and improving access to healthier food options.

SAGE is a program of Vision 2030, the Alliance’s 20-year economic development initiative.

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Take a stroll downtown this Thursday at ArtWalk

aw.logo.cmykDowntown ArtWalk
Thursday, Aug. 21
5-8 p.m.

Downtown ArtWalk continues its twelfth season with the August edition this Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

ArtWalk, a Charleston Area Alliance program sponsored by Masters Law Firm, is a monthly event that draws hundreds of residents and visitors to downtown Charleston for a festive evening of culture and commerce.

The purpose of ArtWalk is to help revitalize downtown and to promote economic development through the arts.

While you’re strolling from gallery to gallery, check out a public square dance on the Lee Street Triangle, hosted by Footmad, and hear the sounds of the Old Time Open Street Band along Hale Street

Check out what’s also in store for the August ArtWalk:

Art Emporium
823 Quarrier Street

Art Emporium will feature artwork by the Allied Artists of West Virginia for the August ArtWalk.

Uncork & Create
1031 Quarrier Street

Uncork & Create will be unveiling Uncork & Create Kitchen, which will include a reception and cooking demonstration during the August ArtWalk. The cooking demonstration will feature Chef Frank Gonzales of Mi Cocina de Amor. Gonzales will create mouth-watering Chori-Calabaza Tacos, which will include handmade calabacitas, pork choriza and flour tortillas. The demonstration will begin at 6 p.m. No experience is necessary and all ingredients are provided.

Only One Look
110 Capitol Street

Only One Look will feature artist Paul Strain’s “Executive Giclees,” which will showcase historical and Civil War art in the expanded gallery room. Register to win one of the shop’s two West Virginia Heritage Coins, including the 150th Anniversary or “The Cycle of Coal” coins. During ArtWalk, you can register to win a $200 shopping spree for West Virginia glass.

The Art Store
233 Hale Street

The Art Store will display “Mélange,” an assortment of works from local and national artists including Helen Chilton, Katherine Cox, Chris Dutch, Harold Edwards, Nancy Berlin, Jan Griffin, Helma Groot and many more. The exhibition will include paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, handmade pottery items, and mixed media work. Fine crafts from across North America will also be featured during ArtWalk.

Christina DiFillippo at Zando’s Catering Unlimited
241 Capitol Street

Stop by Catering Unlimited and check out local young artist, Morgan Eggleton. She will feature an assortment of brightly colored oil paintings for ArtWalk.

Woomer Nistendirk & Associates
231 Capitol Street

Woomer Nistendirk & Associates will feature artist Sharon McClanahan for the August Artwalk. McClanahan has been teaching art since 1978 and owns a studio in Cross Lanes. She works in different mediums with a wide variety of styles and techniques.

Stray Dog Antiques
219 Hale Street

Stray Dog Antiques will be displaying old photographs of Charleston and the Kanawha Valley, as well as new antique furniture, jewelry, vintage items and collectibles, for the August ArtWalk.

Delfine’s Jewelry
245 Capitol Street

Delfine’s Jewelry will feature artwork from Kim Shrader and Wes Eary during the August ArtWalk.

Charleston Ballet
100 Capitol Street

View the artwork of Michael Teel, along with photos from an extensive library of ballets, during ArtWalk. Watch dancers rehearse for upcoming events and inquire about classes for yourself or your child. Also, stop by TSG Consulting at 118 Capitol Street and join the Charleston Ballet and the Clay Center as they announce the theme for Carnaval 2015.

West Virginia Executive
8 Capitol Street, Suite 200

West Virginia Executive will showcase artist Ray Yeager for ArtWalk. Yeager’s work explores new mediums and revolves around interpreting abstract visual qualities found in representational imagery.

Other participating venues include:

The Boutique by B.Belle Events
Capitol Conference Center
Chet Lowther Studio
Gallery Eleven
Ivor’s Trunk
Mission Savvy
Modern by Design
The Purple Moon
Romano & Associates
Taylor Books and Annex Gallery
Tony the Tailor

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Kick off the football season at Business After Hours on Aug. 26

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Business After Hours
Tuesday, Aug. 26
5-7 p.m.
Hampton Inn Southridge
1 Preferred Place

On Tuesday, Aug. 26, celebrate the kickoff of the college football season at Business After Hours.

Enjoy the university-inspired festivities and experience the hospitality of the Hampton Inn Southridge. Join the fun in the tailgate-like atmosphere and build your team with new contacts through networking while enjoying great food.

Wear your favorite team gear and come on down. It’s a great opportunity to mix and mingle with Charleston’s business professionals.

Click HERE to register for the event.

The cost is $15 for Charleston Area Alliance members and $25 for future members. Online registration ends at 5 p.m. on Aug. 25. Prices at the door are $25 for Alliance members and $35 for future members.

Business After Hours offer fantastic opportunities to meet the region’s leaders in a relaxed setting, all while enjoying food, drinks and entertainment.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more.

The Alliance cannot issue cancellation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you!

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Member Market: Cooperative Business Services is here to help you grow

Member Market:
By Alliance Members for Alliance Members

This “Member Market” is a paid announcement sent by the Alliance on behalf of a member to business and community leaders and young professionals.

 

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Get fresh, locally grown produce this Saturday

SAGE_withCAAMembers of the Charleston Area Alliance’s SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) program will be selling produce this Saturday at the East End Bazaar from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

SAGE is a multipronged economic development initiative with the goal of training and developing prospective urban agriculture entrepreneurs, or “agripreneurs.” Participants in the program receive education and training in farming and business practices that are both economically and environmentally sustainable.

Produce that will be available this Saturday include:

  • Swiss chard
  • Cut flower bouquets
  • Herbs (basil, lime basil, Italian parsley)
  • Nasturtiums
  • Squash
  • Eggplant
  • Beet greens (NEW this week)
  • Jalapenos (NEW this week)
  • Green onions (NEW this week)

The East End Bazaar is located at the corner of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue.

The crops were cultivated at micro-farms located on Charleston’s West Side. The micro-farms, which were constructed by SAGE participants and volunteers, are where trainings for the program takes place.

SAGE aims to create economic opportunities and jobs for participants, while minimizing impact to the environment through sustainable agriculture practices and improving access to healthier food options.

SAGE is a program of Vision 2030, the Alliance’s 20-year economic development initiative.

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Take the lead in the Kanawha Valley

LKV NEWCruising in a C-130 airplane, spending time with a police drug enforcement unit and participating in the physical therapy of horses aren’t the typical assignments you’d find in a business curriculum.

But for participants in the Charleston Area Alliance’s Leadership Kanawha Valley program, these experiences are business as usual.

Leadership Kanawha Valley is now accepting registrations for its 2014-2015 class and space is limited.

Click here to register

The program aims to develop, educate and nurture future leaders in our region and engage them and today’s leaders in making the Kanawha Valley an excellent place to live and work.

“The program’s objective involves developing, informing and training potential leaders so they understand the issues and needs of the community,” said Susie Salisbury, the Alliance’s vice president of community development.

“It looks to create an environment that nurtures involvement in the community through volunteerism, service organizations and board appointments.”

Leadership Kanawha Valley, sponsored by Chesapeake Energy, creates the opportunity for potential leaders to meet, establish rapport and maintain ongoing professional relationships.

Applicants may be self-sponsored and self-nominated. In addition, community members may nominate individuals with leadership qualities for the program. Classes start in October and run through May.

The tuition rate is $495 for Charleston Area Alliance members and $595 for future members. The fee covers all expenses for the program. Leadership Kanawha Valley is limited to 35 people.

Those interested in joining the 2014-2015 class should contact Susie Salisbury at (304) 340-4253 or SSalisbury@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org

Leadership Kanawha Valley is part of the Leadership driver of Vision 2030, the Alliance’s 20-year economic development initiative.

For more info on Vision 2030, click HERE.

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Maximize your Alliance membership on Aug. 20

ALLIANCE_color~verticalLeveraging Your Charleston Area Alliance Membership
Wednesday, Aug. 20
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Charleston Area Alliance
1116 Smith Street

When you use your Charleston Area Alliance membership to it’s fullest, it can greatly enhance your business opportunities and return.

Join the Alliance staff for a fun and informative hour-long breakfast. Learn how to maximize the use of your membership to gain the most from your time and membership dollars.

It will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 20 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Alliance. The event is FREE for Alliance members, but RSVP is required.

Click HERE to RSVP.

The Alliance offers numerous opportunities to its members. Learn all the benefits to being an Alliance member on Aug. 20

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Enhancing water science education in West Virginia

sinkwaterWest Virginia Water Sustainability Institute partner scores win with grant funding for water science education

Before the Freedom Industries chemical leak in January, the Charleston Area Alliance concentrated on water resources and innovation as part of its 20-year economic development plan, Vision 2030.

Along with key industries in our region, such as chemical, energy and tourism, Vision 2030 focuses on water as an economic commodity and a job creator, spurred by the research and commercialization of clean water technologies.

The January chemical leak accelerated Vision 2030’s focus on the state’s water resources.

West Virginia is one of the most water-abundant states in the country. It’s a key natural resource that’s centric to the state’s economy.

That’s why the Alliance, along with several strategic partners, formed the Water Sustainability Institute (WSI).

The mission of WSI is to develop and commercialize innovative technologies to maintain, improve and protect water supplies throughout the state. Located at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park, it will be a center of innovation for water cleanliness and sustainability.

One key education partner in the WSI, West Virginia State University (WVSU), is working to educate our area’s schoolchildren on the importance of water as a critical natural resource.

Earlier this month, WVSU was awarded a $400 grant from the American Chemical Society (ACS), which will help educate elementary school students in the Kanawha Valley about the importance of water. The grant will provide resources and materials needed for the construction of science boxes that will include a variety of experiments.

These kits are designed to encourage elementary school students to learn more about the properties of water, including surface tension, density and solubility of various compounds. The science boxes, which will include nonhazardous materials, will be placed in all of the schools that were affected by the January chemical spill.

“The West Virginia State University student members of the American Chemical Society have and will continue to work to build professional skills and community outreach work on the topics that they are passionate about. This grant will allow them the opportunity to share their knowledge of chemistry with elementary schools throughout the Kanawha Valley region,” said Dr. Micheal Fultz, WVSU Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

Activated carbon, sand, fine gravel, filter paper and funnels will be purchased for water purification labs. Pipets, pennies and soap will be used to demonstrate the surface tension of water. Soap, magnesium and sodium salts will be incorporated into the boxes to illustrate hard water and soap scum.

WVSU alumni have also offered to help pay the costs of extra materials needed beyond what the grant covers.

“Providing this experience to students is immensely important to the future of the area’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM),” said Matthew Ballard, President and CEO of the Charleston Area Alliance.

“These are the students that will be the area’s future engineers and scientists. They are the future employees of our water utilities and our natural resource extraction companies that require water testing and innovative solutions.  It’s important to expose them to this type of hands-on experience early on.”

Other partners in WSI are the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Chemical Alliance Zone, the West Virginia Regional Technology Park, Marshall University, Marshall University Research Corporation and the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC).

Examples of the Institute’s work include:

  • Commercializing technologies that reduce hazards to fresh water sources
  • Commercializing technologies for rapid identification of water contamination
  • Developing custom solutions to water quality and quantity issues
  • Testing and evaluating technologies that maintain the integrity of the entire water distribution system
  • Providing independent assessments and reviews of potential hazards, technologies, contingency plans, and related water quality issues

Currently, WSI partners are completing market research and defining roles relative to the Institute. Many of the existing partners are currently engaged in work that meets the goals of the Institute.

MATRIC spin-off companies are now working in the space and higher education institutions are conducting research on several ongoing activities.

With our recent challenges in West Virginia, droughts in California and China’s mounting water insecurity, water-related challenges are pervasive. Pairing this with the critical nature of water to both life and business increases the complexity of these issues.

Access to clean water will become the defining challenge of this century.

The WSI brings new life to West Virginia’s natural resource economy.  It addresses global challenges and utilizes the principles of the triple bottom line, which is balancing the impact to people, profit and planet.

By solving local and global challenges, the WSI is poised to be an important economic driver for West Virginia.

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