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Higher Education Policy Commission Votes to Approve Tech Park Donation

HEPCThe Higher Education Policy Commission today voted in favor of accepting a donation from The Dow Chemical Company for property and buildings at the South Charleston Technology Park. Following Governor Joe Manchin’s announcement last week that the state plans to transform the park into an “Education, Research and Technology Park,” Commission members echoed that commitment and formally approved the agency’s new role in overseeing the park.  The vote was unanimous among participating members.

“This represents a tremendous opportunity for higher education, for research and development, and for the future of West Virginia,” said David Hendrickson, Chairman of the Commission. “We are ready to take on this new venture, which is sure to be challenging – but also has the potential to present a new terrain of possibility that our state has never before seen.”

West Virginia’s strategic plan for science and technology is to transform West Virginia’s economy by spurring job creation and technology-based business development. With far-reaching research taking place across the state, the primary goal of the park is to create a business incubator for developing and commercializing ideas, including research in energy, chemicals and materials, and biotechnology.

“Thanks to leadership from Governor Manchin, legislators, federal representatives, local officials and the business community, all of the right pieces are coming together to put the tech park – and West Virginia – on an encouraging new path,” said Brian Noland, the Commission’s Chancellor. “Members of the Commission today again signaled the state’s willingness and desire to make that happen, and I am eager to pursue the promise that I know the park holds for education and the economy.” (more…)

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Thank You

MoyersWeb“I’m here because of the labs and facilities, so I’m happy they were able to save the Tech Park. I’m happy we’ll have more opportunities here. We’ll see more potential clients who need experimental facilities. We already have a lot of good people here, and now we can keep the existing workforce.”

Chuck Moyers
Senior Chemical Engineer, MATRIC

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Harvard Glee Club Looking for Host Families

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The Harvard Glee Club, America’s oldest collegiate choir, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17 at the Baptist Temple at the corner of Morris and Quarrier Streets.

The Glee Club is widely considered to be the top collegiate men’s choir in America.  In 2005, it was the only such group invited to perform at the national convention of the American Choral Directors’ Association.

The group takes annual spring tours to various regions of the United States, as well as regular summer tours overseas. This year’s tour will include the Upper Midwest and Canada, in addition to West Virginia.  

Members of the Harvard Glee Club will be arriving on Wednesday afternoon, March 17. Their performance will be that evening at Baptist Temple and they will not depart Charleston until 2 p.m. Thursday, March 18.

The group will need a number of host families who will pick them up at the reception after the concert, provide a place to sleep that night, serve them breakfast in the morning and then transport them downtown after breakfast to a predetermined location. The reconvened group will then be treated to a brief tour of Charleston prior to their departure for Cincinnati at 2 p.m.

If you are interested in hosting one or, hopefully, more of these young men, please let us know as soon as possible. We want their day in Charleston to be one that they will not forget. Contact daniel.foster@camc.org or Hopkins@post.harvard.edu to volunteer.

Concert ticket information is available by calling (304) 344-1060 or (304) 346-3700.  Additional information about the Glee Club and the 2010 Spring Tour is available at its Web site, www.harvardgleeclub.org.

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