Live Well Charlie West, a Charleston Area Alliance program, will be a month-long campaign dedicated to starting the workplace wellness conversation and providing connectivity to wellness-related resources to employ at your worksite. It will be held from Jan. 5-31.
Click HERE for more information, including a calendar of events (subject to small changes).
A healthy employee is vitally important to the workplace as a whole and has a significant impact on an employer’s bottom line.
If you’re an employee or employer, there are many ways to get involved with the campaign.
We are currently seeking worksites to host lunch and learns on topics including: “Mental Health First Aid,” “How to Read a Nutrition Label,” “Drug and Alcohol Addictions in the Workplace” and free fitness classes.
If you are interested in hosting on-site lunch and learns (with subsidized lunches), please contact Cullen Naumoff by e-mail HERE.
We’re pleased to have featured Live Well Charlie West worksites including:
- City of Charleston
- Spilman, Thomas and Battle
- St. Francis Hospital
- United Way
Live Well Charlie West is a collaborative effort of many partners including:
- Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement
- Highland Hospital
- Clayman & Associates
- Kanawha Pastoral Center
- WV On the Move
- City of Charleston
- Alzheimers Association
- Wellness Council WV
- Kanawha County Health Department
- Communities That Care
- WV Power
- American Heart Association
- The Counseling Connection
- Mark Wolfe Design
Join the Holiday Inn & Suites Charleston West and the Charleston Area Alliance for Business After Hours on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Enjoy delicious catering in a festive atmosphere and network with area businesses while enjoying the sights and sounds of the season.
Business After Hours offer fantastic opportunities to meet the region’s leaders in a relaxed setting with food, drinks and entertainment.
Click HERE to register.
Early bird rates are $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members. Early bird rates expire on Dec. 11 at 5 p.m.
Prices at the door are $25 for Alliance members and $35 for future members.
The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.orgfor more information.
The Alliance cannot issue cancellation refunds within 48 hours of the event.
- Maribeth Anderson, senior director of government relations, Chesapeake Energy, a member of the Alliance Board of Directors
- Jessica Alsop, member, Alliance member Jackson Kelly
- Chad Mildren, regional president, Alliance member United Bank
- Bobby Warner, owner, Alliance member Warner Law Offices
“The Alliance is the gateway to the people who are making things happen for West Virginia. We offer a multitude of programs and events that connect people with the resources and information that helps them, their businesses and their communities succeed,” said Alliance President/CEO Matt Ballard.
“We invite our current 600 members and their 40,000 employees and future members to give us a call to find out how they can connect with this powerful network,” he added.
After a long day of post-Thanksgiving Christmas shopping, enjoy a nice fall evening with friends and family on the streets of downtown Charleston.
Don’t miss the annual Black Friday edition of ArtWalk on Nov. 29 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.
For this edition, participating venues will offer a free t-shirt gift with purchase, while supplies last.
Check out what’s also in store for the Black Friday ArtWalk:
Tony the Tailor
822 Virginia Street East
Tony the Tailor will be open from 4-8 p.m. on Black Friday for ArtWalk. The store will have hors d’oeurves and an open bar. The guest artist will be Kelly Bryant.
823 Quarrier Street
“Illumination,” a show of new paintings by Sharon Harms will be the featured attraction at the November ArtWalk. The works contain focused light and camouflage in nature. Natural elements are depicted in optimum lighting conditions and animals and insects are shown camouflaged in their surroundings. The show runs from Nov.18 through Dec. 14. The opening reception will be from 5-8 pm on Nov. 29 during the Black Friday ArtWalk.
1025 Quarrier Street
Joyce Daniels will be the featured artist at Gallery Eleven for ArtWalk. Daniels’ work is primarily abstract with a fantastic use of color and color harmony.
Uncork & Create
1031 Quarrier Street
Uncork your Christmas Spirit and bring along your shopping list to Uncork and Create for from 5-8 p.m. on Black Friday. The offerings will include oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings as well as sculpture and jewelry. Refreshments and wine will be provided by Allied Artists of West Virginia.
Uncork & Create will also be offering a “Snowman” wineglass painting event. This event is $35 per person and seating is limited. To register, please visit their upcoming events at www.uncorkandcreate.com. Works of art by Chet Lowther will also be on display.
Good News Mountaineer Garage
222 Hale Street
Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery is planning a two-part event, “Beyond the Margin,” curated by Nik Botkin and Emma Fisher for the November’s ArtWalk. The event will feature live art-making and a contemporary art exhibition. Botkin and Fisher have invited more than 15 artists whose voices have traditionally been excluded from the fine art world.
Also, in support of World AIDS Day, Good News Garage will display four panels from the WV AIDS Quilt. There will also be HIV testing on site free of charge. The presentation is sponsored by SAGA (Straight and Gay Alliance) at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
The Purple Moon
906 Quarrier Street
The Purple Moon will launch the holiday season in a plethora of vintage aluminum Christmas trees and other vintage decorations in addition to two very unique exhibits. The store will preview items, including glass, pottery and a china collection, from a recent estate sale in Belle, which contained more than 2,000 pieces of glass which spanned the 20th Century.
Additional items featured include pieces from the Pat and Helen Hamilton Collection, which will present rare and unique documents and signatures from historical and literary figures from Thomas Jefferson to Franklin D. Roosevelt.
245 Capitol Street
Delfine’s Jewelry will be having a 50 percent off storewide sale during the Black Friday ArtWalk.
Hope Village Fair Trade Boutique at Hendrickson & Long
214 Capitol Street
For the November ArtWalk, Hope Village will be at Hendrickson and Long, PLLC located at 214 Capitol Street. Just in time for the Christmas shopping season, Hope Village provides one of a kind items sure to enthrall anyone on your Christmas list – beautiful jewelry, shawls, wood carvings, home and children’s items, olive wood nativities, baskets from Africa, olive oil and much more. Every purchase enables the artisans to help support their family with food, clothing, shelter and education enabling them to live a more just and sustainable life.
House of Luxe
817 Quarrier Street
House of Luxe will feature artist Carmen J. File during ArtWalk. File is a native West Virginian. For her signature work, landscape confetti art quilts, she transforms countless tiny fragments of textiles into intriguing fiber art in much the same way a painter uses a palette. The lengthy process results in fiber art that has the appearance of impressionism and pointillism paintings. File is a Tamarack artist and her art quilt entitled “Backyard Sunset,” was selected for Tamarack’s 2013 Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition.
100 Capitol Street
The photography of Penny Johnson and the showing of the film “Angels Perch,” will be the featured attractions at Charleston Ballet during ArtWalk. Charleston Ballet will have great stocking stuffers and many unique, original gifts available to make your holiday shopping easy and your gifts memorable. Set almost entirely in the small, historic logging town of Cass, WV, “Angel’s Perch” examines the delicate relationship between past and present, memory and loss.
Annex Gallery and Taylor Books
Chet Lowther Studio
Stray Dog Antiques
Visions Day Spa
White Oak Photography
The informational meeting will be held at the Alliance, located at 1116 Smith Street. If you would like to attend the meeting, please RSVP by clicking HERE.
The “Irish Splendor” tour will be held from Oct. 31 – Nov. 7, 2014 and includes roundtrip airfare from Charleston, four and five star accommodations, nine meals and sightseeing at each destination
– three nights in Dublin, two nights in Killarney and one night at Ashford Castle in Cong.
The tour brochure provides detailed information about the itinerary, hotels and meals arranged by Collette Vacations and National Travel, as well as your reservation form.
Click HERE for the “Irish Splendor” tour brochure.
Space is limited and the deadline for the “Book Now” rate of $2,899 per person is Jan. 31. Regular rates after that date are $3,149 double occupancy.
Click HERE for more information.
Whether you are interested in working with the Alliance staff to create a personalized business itinerary or simply wish to learn more about these culturally rich regions, you will find the tour exceptional.
For more information, contact Jeri Adkins by e-mail HERE or call 304-340-4253.
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Futurist Deborah Westphal will discuss global trends that will impact West Virginia and the world at the 2013 Annual Celebration this Tuesday at the WV Culture Center.
Following her presentation, Westphal will join a panel of business and community leaders to discuss how our region and WV can leverage global trends to create opportunities for new jobs here at home.
- Matthew Ballard, President/CEO Charleston Area Alliance
- Steve Hedrick, CEO, MATRIC
- Dr. Brian Hemphill, President, West Virginia State University
- Mary Hunt, Senior Program Officer, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
The Annual Celebration will feature an inspiring and fast-paced program followed by a spectacular reception with live music – all in a beautiful setting showcasing the Mountain State’s future.
Westphal is a futurist and managing partner for Toffler Associates. The company is a dynamic, innovative advisory firm that helps public- and private-sector organizations create more successful futures.
As a futurist, Westphal works to plot smart paths forward by first creating an insightful picture of the future and then a look back to decide what must be done now to be successful then. She will discuss how businesses can plan now for the potential challenges they may face in the coming years.
Presented by title sponsor Jackson Kelly PLLC, the Annual Celebration will feature a
formal program followed by a lively reception in the Culture Center’s stunning lobby.
The full schedule includes:
VIP Sponsor Reception (invitation only):
Annual Celebration Program:
Registration is $100 Alliance members/$150 future members.
During the reception, patrons will be entertained by the musical stylings of The Pennington Project Band.
“The Annual Celebration, the Alliance’s largest fundraiser of the year, is your opportunity to share in the pride of the Kanawha Valley and sustain the Alliance’s vital work in creating jobs, enhancing our community and investing in people,” said Alliance President/CEO Matt Ballard.
“We invite you to join the more than 500 business and community leaders who will attend this business event of the year. With your participation, we will truly have something to ‘celebrate’ on Nov. 19 and beyond,” Ballard said.
We are unable to invoice for groups with fewer than 10 or issue refunds for cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to the event. Thank you.
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The Charleston Area Alliance is pleased with today’s announcement that a petrochemical complex, which would include an ethane cracker, is being evaluated for West Virginia. We commend the governor, his economic development team, as well as biopolymers producer Braskem, for this commitment to our great state.
For several years, the Alliance has worked closely with Braskem as part of our ongoing support of energy and chemical-related economic development sectors. A team was assembled, which included our partners at MATRIC, the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA), the Chemical Alliance Zone (CAZ) and many others in both the private and governmental sectors, to provide expert assistance to the company and facilitate other efforts and activities to help bring about this great announcement for West Virginia.
We are pleased that plans to construct an ethane cracker in our region aremoving forward. With its proximity to chemical companies located in the Kanawha Valley, the downstream benefits for our region will be material. This strategic announcement, in tandem with the WV Technology Park facilities, the Chemical Alliance Zone’s Incubator, MATRIC’s unique capabilities, and the chemical operator training program at Kanawha Valley (now Bridge Valley) Community andTechnical College, are part of the ecosystem that will drive the chemical industry of tomorrow.
This is a key component of the Alliance’s Vision 2030 economic roadmap, a systems approach to diversifying our economy. Changing an economy takes time, but today’s announcement is helping us take a giant leap Forward to the Future.