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Monthly Archive for March 2010

Sunny Weather Means Great Weather for Construction!

Construction workers with Orders Construction are installing the last major item on the Greenspace Project, the “Reflecting Pool.” The pool will be one of the many focal points of the project. 

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Below you can see a close up view of the boulder that will be used as a fountain bubbler in the reflecting pool.

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Summit Electric, a subcontractor for Orders Construction, is installing the LED lighting under the outer edge of the terrace walls. The lighting will provide a unique evening and night time affect.

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Below a masonry crew from Garrett Masonry, Inc. also a subcontractor for Orders Construction have finished placing the cut stone on the terrace and seat walls and has started cutting brick pavers and installing them over concrete and a bed of sand in a section of sidewalk near Leon Sullivan Way. One by one, over 20,600 brick pavers will be laid in various sections of the sidewalks throughout the project.

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As seen here, one can easily see things are coming together as areas above the terrace and seat walls are ready for plantings and sections of sidewalk are being finished. Let’s hope the weather stays nice for the contractors.

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Photos and comments by Mike Aeiker

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admin in Community Development,Gateway Greenspace,Uncategorized on March 22 2010 » Comments are closed

Thank You

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admin in Economic Development,In the News on March 22 2010 » Comments are closed

Thank You

NicholasWeb“We appreciate the vision and commitment to accept the tech park donation and keep the possibilities for innovation in West Virginia. I’m sure I would have moved had they not. I came here from Houston, and the innovation is what brought me here. The labs here are very unique, but beyond that is the human capital that has been developing patents and developing new technologies for so long. Scattering that would have been a huge loss.”

Nolan Nicholas
Research Scientist, MATRIC

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admin in Economic Development on March 19 2010 » Comments are closed

Stand Up for an Inclusive Community

StandRacismThriving communities welcome the contributions of all citizens and understand that division prevents them from achieving their full potential. 

As part of its mission to build a more vibrant community and prosperous economy, the Charleston Area Alliance is joining the hundreds of thousands of businesses, organizations, churches and individuals from the Kanawha Valley and around the country that are taking a “Stand Against Racism” on April 30, 2010.   

This project supports the Alliance’s “inclusion=innovation” initiative, sponsored by Ernst & Young, to help businesses and our region benefit from the contributions of all segments of the community.

Stand Against Racism is an annual event of YWCAs nationwide, and will be the first event of its kind in the greater Kanawha Valley.  The purpose of the project is to bring people together from all walks of life to raise awareness that racism still exists.   Governor Manchin has declared April 30 “Stand Against Racism” day, and events will be held throughout the state and our region.

The Alliance is participating through an online petition taking a stand FOR an inclusive community and a stand AGAINST racism.  We invite you to add your name to the list of people who believe  that the welcome mat should be out for all who want to make our region a better place to live, work and play.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/inclusivecharlestonwv

Click here to learn more about how your business, organization, church or family can participate in Stand Against Racism.

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admin in Community Development,Inclusion=Innovation on March 19 2010 » Comments are closed

Recognize Business Volunteers

VolunteerWVMany businesses and organizations make significant contributions to their communities in both large and small ways every day. Now, there is an opportunity to recognize those companies for the important way they play a role in making West Virginia communities better places to live and work.

Nominations are now being accepted for the first annual Business Volunteerism Awards!

The awards recognize West Virginia businesses, labor organizations, professional associations, and nonprofit organizations that incorporated volunteer service into their policies and practices in 2009.

Recipients of the BusinessVolunteerism Awards will receive recognition from First Lady Gayle Manchin andthe BVC at the annual Business Volunteerism Reception held in Charleston at theGovernor’s Mansion during National Volunteer Week on Monday, April 19,2010.

Nominations are being accepted through Wednesday, March 31. Nomination forms are available on Volunteer West Virginia’s Web site, www.volunteerwv.org.

For more information, please contact Emily Schoen at (304) 558-0111 or emailemily.r.schoen@wv.gov.

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admin in Member Posts on March 19 2010 » Comments are closed

Grow Your Business & Our Community Through the Alliance Internship Program

Matthew G. Ballard

Matthew G. Ballard

The Charleston Area Alliance’s 2010 Internship Development Program is underway.  This annual member service, which began in 2008, promotes internships with area businesses to students attending higher education institutions throughout the region.

 The purpose of the program is to help member businesses identify potential qualified employees and develop and retain the region’s future leaders.   With the experience gained interning with local businesses, students will be more qualified for full-time employment at the conclusion of their education or skills training.  Both paid and unpaid internships are eligible for this program.

The deadline for participating in the 2010 Internship Development Program is Friday, April 23.   To submit information about your internship opportunity, or for other information, contact Lesley Hager, lhager@charlestonareaalliance.org or 304-340-4253

The Alliance will forward information about your opportunity to surrounding colleges and universities.  Interested students will contact you directly regarding their interest in your internship.

Our members tell us workforce development issues are one of their greatest challenges.  The region’s growth depends on increasing our intellectual capital — educated and skilled employees.  The Internship Development Program is just one way the Alliance is bringing the education and business sectors together to build a workforce equipped for the needs of today and tomorrow.

Until next time,

Matthew G. Ballard
President / CEO

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admin in Community Development,Economic Development on March 18 2010 » Comments are closed

Governor’s Service Award Nominations Will Be Accepted Through March 31

Governor's Service AwardsEach year, the Governor’s Service Awards honor outstanding individuals, organizations and families for their enduring commitment to the betterment of our state through volunteerism. Without your nominations, a wonderful opportunity is missed to honor those who give so much and expect so little in return.

Award categories include : Youth (Ages 6-11, Ages 12-14, Ages 15-18); Young Adult (Ages 19-25); Adult (Ages 26-59); Senior (Ages 60 and older); National Service; Lifetime Achievement; Family; and Organization.

Winners will be honored by the Governor during the Faces of Leadership Conference on Wednesday, July 21, 2010.

For more information about nominating an individual, family or organization, visit www.volunteerwv.org or call Moya Doneghy at (800) WV-HELPS.

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admin in Member Posts on March 18 2010 » Comments are closed

Let’s Discuss Opportunities for Sustainability

RenewableJoin us Thursday, April 8th from 9 a.m.-noon at the Charleston Area Alliance, 1116 Smith St., for a Sustainability Awareness workshop. This workshop, led by Matt Earnest, executive director of workforce development at Bridgemont Community and Technical College, will focus on the economic, social, and environmental impacts of the human species on the planet and the “Nine Opportunities for Sustainability” as potential solutions to those impacts. The Nine Opportunities for Sustainability (9 OPPS) are:

  • OPP 1: Eliminate Waste—of all kinds
  • OPP 2: Go Non-toxic—supply chain, our process, emissions and products
  • OPP 3: Fight Global Weirding—reduce our carbon footprint
  • OPP 4: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Redesign—mimic nature
  • OPP 5: Make Transportation Efficient—move less stuff over shorter distances
  • OPP 6: Get Healthy—practice personal sustainability
  • OPP 7: Add Value in Our Community—give something back, it’s a two-way street
  • OPP 8: Engage Others—spread the word and listen
  • OPP 9: Challenge the Future—rethink how we create value

Cost to attend is $25 for current Alliance members, $45 for future Alliance member. Click here to register.

Refreshments will be provided. For more information please contact Lesley Hager at LHager@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org.

About the trainer:

Mr. Earnest is the executive director of workforce development for Bridgemont Community and Technical College.  He has a B.S. in industrial engineering and operations research from Virginia Tech, and a master’s in human resources education from Boston University. (more…)

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admin in Community Development,Economic Development,Events on March 17 2010 » Comments are closed

Celebrate Charleston’s New Connection to Chicago

admin in Member Posts on March 16 2010 » Comments are closed

Michael Kaiser to Discuss Challenges Facing the Arts

MichaelKaiserThe Clay Center on April 7 will host Michael M. Kaiser, president of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Dr. David Wohl, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at West Virginia State University, will interview Mr. Kaiser about the challenges facing non-profit arts organizations today.

Mr. Kaiser will answer questions regarding general arts management. Kaiser has been dubbed the “turnaround king” for his work at the Kansas City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theater and the Royal Opera House in London. You might have read his book, “The Art of the Turnaround,” which includes his own personal philosophy on arts management.

Registration is scheduled for 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and will include a meet and greet. His interview follows from 10:15 to 11:15 am.

The event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is requested.  You can pre-register at www.theclaycenter.org/events/aic2010.

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admin in Member Posts on March 16 2010 » Comments are closed