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Monthly Archive for September 2010

Join Us Saturday for Healthy Kids Day

We need your help to make Healthy Kids, Healthy West Virginia Day a success this Saturday.

Volunteers are needed for two shifts – 9:30 a.m. to noon and noon to 2:30 p.m.

Contact Julie Cyphers to volunteer.

Generation Charleston, in conjunction with Generation Putnam, is hosting the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences. The event will feature healthy cooking demonstrations by Embassy Suites Hotel- Charleston, physical education activities by the YMCA of the Kanawha Valley and a variety of other children’s activities hosted by our community partners. The event is part of Generation West Virginia’s Healthy Kids, Healthy West Virginia week of service. 

Throughout the week of Oct. 2, hundreds of young professionals from across the state will work together promoting physical activity and healthy eating as part of the statewide campaign. From elementary school recipe contests to healthy lifestyle fairs, events have been planned to inspire West Virginians to eat right, get fit and live well.

“As an effort to ultimately fight childhood obesity, our goal is to motivate West Virginia families to make changes in their daily routines by creating an environment that encourages healthy living,” said Rob Rosano, Healthy Kids, Healthy West Virginia team leader and Generation Charleston co-chair. “Childhood obesity prevention is a movement taking place on a national level, and West Virginia’s young leaders are excited to do our part here locally.”

Governor Joe Manchin III officially launched Generation West Virginia’s inaugural week-long statewide service project on Sept. 28 by signing the group’s pledge to combat childhood obesity.

According to a recent report by the Trust for America’s Health, more than 18 percent of West Virginia children are considered obese, ranking the Mountain State tenth in the nation for obese and overweight children between the ages of 10 and 17. Obese children are at risk for health problems not only in their youth, but as adults. During adolescence obese children are more likely than other youth to have risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes.

Generation Charleston’s Healthy Kids, Healthy West Virginia Day activities are free; however the cost to enter the Clay Center’s Avampato Discovery Museum is $5.50 per child, $7 per adult. For more information or to receive a museum discount flyer for $3 off regular museum admission, please visit www.GenerationCharleston.com or contact Rob Rosano at (304) 561-3564.

admin in Events,Generation Charleston on September 30 2010 » 0 comments

Meeting of the Minds to Tackle Dropout Problem

This story aired last night on WSAZ-TV. Click here to view the segment.  

Last year, more than 6,900 students in West Virginia didn’t graduate. That’s a number that has a big impact considering that the lost lifetime earnings in the state for that class of dropouts alone totals nearly $1.8 billion.

The statistics have led Generation Charleston to push for a solution to the problem.

“West Virginia needs to do something,” said Ryan White, co-captain of the group’s Public Policy Team. “If we want to attract the industries, we want those high paying jobs. We need to have an educated workforce.”

On Tuesday, the group hosted an educational policy forum.

Educational leaders from around the region were broken into groups to discuss several initiatives that Generation Charleston believes could offer a fix for the growing dropout rate.

Those initiatives include creating a drop out recovery program, increasing reading skills, addressing attendance issues and creating a board to award grants to schools for programs to raise the graduation rate.

Generation Charleston intends to take their discussions to the state level by forming one of the initiatives into a piece of legislation.

The Charleston Committee for Change will use the forum’s suggestions to endorse an initiative during the 2011 legislative session.

Lean Six Sigma Showcase Comes to Alliance

admin in Member Posts on September 28 2010 » 0 comments

You’re Invited to Our Next International Advisory Council Meeting

Please join us for the next meeting of the Charleston Area Alliance International Advisory Council at noon on Wednesday, September 29 at the Charleston Area Alliance board room. 

Lunch will be provided.
We will hear from Bill McHale and Rob Foy of Kanawha Scales and Mike McCown of Industrial Bolting Technologies, Inc. about doing business in China. This is a great opportunity to learn about doing business in an important emerging market, and to make valuable contacts with professionals who have earned their expertise through experience.

Since seating is limited and we anticipate that registration will fill quickly, please register as soon as possible. 

To RSVP call (304) 340-4253 or e-mail Deb Coffman.

admin in Economic Development on September 27 2010 » 0 comments

Generation Charleston Takes On High School Dropout Rate

About 17 percent of West Virginia high school students drop out before graduation.

For Generation Charleston, that’s a troubling statistic.

“This is a critical issue,” said Ryan White, co-captain of the group’s Public Policy Team. “The state’s future depends on turning around the dropout rate.”

Generation Charleston and the Education Alliance are hosting a Policy Forum, scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Equities House on Virginia Street.

“The purpose of the forum is to come up with a legislative initiative aimed at lowering the dropout rate in West Virginia,” said T.J. Meadows, co-captain of the Public Policy Team. “Educational leaders from various state and national groups have been invited to provide input.”

Several initiatives will be presented to groups of eight to 10 participants, who will discuss merits and make recommendations. The groups then will present the initiatives to all forum attendees, who will pick one that best confronts the drop-out issue.

The Charleston Committee for Change, an advocacy group of the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce, plans to endorse an initiative during the 2011 legislative session.

admin in Education,Generation Charleston on September 24 2010 » 0 comments

November 16 is Your Opportunity to Shine

The stars are already in alignment for an unparalleled evening of connecting with our region’s most influential people from the business, government, non-profit, education and arts sectors as the Charleston Area Alliance finalizes plans for the second annual Speed Networking with the Stars. This year’s night of 100 stars, presented by Title Sponsor Suddenlink Business, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center.

Tickets are limited to 100 attendees and sponsors will have priority admission.  To secure your organization’s reservations, book your sponsorship today.  Individual tickets, if available, will go on sale Oct. 4.

Click here to download sponsorship opportunity information.

Contact JoEllen Zacks or call (304) 340-4253.

This star-studded event connects young professionals and experienced executives alike with the people they need to know to advance their careers, their businesses and their community.

Here’s just a sampling of the feedback from last year’s attendees:

“Great event, exceeded expectations.”

 ”I had such a good time and made so many new contacts. This event was very helpful to me and my organization.”

“You just can’t get that many players in one room in this state.”

“I have never experienced anything like that, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. At first I thought that the time for each dialogue was too short, but I quickly realized that speed is one of the key elements for the success of the event. It creates an urgency that forces people to quickly interact.”

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to meet so many stars last night in Charleston.  I’m already benefiting from the contacts I made.  It was very well organized and impressive to see all the leaders participating.”

“This type of event is forward thinking and is good for the community as well as the participants and stars. This is another example of the benefit of an aggressive, innovative Alliance!”

“This was the best function to date that I have attended for the Alliance. Excellent job!”

“The Alliance is the best organization in the valley to help businesses and organizations network and develop today and into the future.”

admin in Economic Development,Events on September 23 2010 » 0 comments

Time is Running Out to Join Leadership Kanawha Valley

Leadership Kanawha Valley, a program of the Charleston Area Alliance, is now accepting registrations, and space is limited

Click here to download the application form. 

Half-day classes will be scheduled twice a month in October and November. From December through May, classes will meet for one full day each month.  

The program’s objective involves developing, informing and training potential leaders so they understand the issues and needs of the community. It looks to create an environment that nurtures involvement in the community through volunteerism, service organizations and board appointments.

Leadership Kanwha 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.

Participants can miss no more than the equivalent of one full-day session.

The tuition rate is $495 for Charleston Area Alliance members and $595 for future members. The fee covers all expenses for the program.

The program is limited to 35 people.

Contact Susie Salisbury for more information.

Charleston Ballet Sponsorship Deadline is Fast Approaching

admin in Member Posts on September 21 2010 » 0 comments

Get a Taste of Downtown Living Thursday

One of Generation Charleston’s most popular events, the Loft Walk, returns Sept. 23 to shine a spotlight on downtown living.

The event will start at 400 Bibby St. The properties there are part of the tour, which also will include 816 Kanawha Blvd. and the Lowenstein Building at 225 Capitol St. Loft Walk runs from 5:30 7:30 p.m.

Trolleys will transport guests to the various locations, although participants also are welcome to walk, as well.

“We have plenty of data suggesting interest in downtown living, whether it is in condos, lofts or apartments,” said Charleston Area Alliance President and CEO Matt Ballard. “The next step is making downtown housing a realistic option for those who desire to live and build their careers in Charleston.”

Last year, the Alliance, Generation Charleston – the Alliance’s emerging leaders group – and the City of Charleston developed a survey that showed more than 90 percent of respondents are interested in downtown living. In 2008 and 2009, Loft Walk attracted more than 100 people.

The fourth annual Loft Walk will help guests get a “taste of downtown living,” said Clifton Clark, co-captain of Generation Charleston’s Economic Development Team.

“It’s a free tour of private residences,” Clark said. “We want guests to learn about the adaptive reuse of historic downtown buildings, discover the charm of loft living and embrace the opportunity to be a part of Charleston’s future.”

The free tour will include private residences, some fully developed and some still in the construction phase.

“Each year, we see the possibilities during Loft Walk,” Ballard said. “Now, property owners are making it happen. Downtown living options are expanding, and that means downtown businesses will be able to stay open longer. Events such as ArtWalk and FestivALL have demonstrated the increasing vibrancy of downtown, and more and more people are embracing the idea of living downtown.”

A reception at 400 Bibby St. will follow the tour.

Bibby Street is near the Charleston Town Center, off Washington Street. Parking is available around the mall and in the mall’s parking garage.

Those interested in attending can RSVP to DForinash@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org. Loft Walk is a rain or shine event.

College Foundation Receives National Award

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission this week announced the College Foundation of West Virginia has been selected by the Center for Digital Education in a national competition among education-focused websites.  CFWV took top honors in the “Department of Education” category during the Center’s 2010 Digital Education Achievement Awards and Best of Web awards. The awards showcase exceptional K-12 and higher education websites, digital technology projects, and programs that have enriched education for students and teachers.

CFWV, www.cfwv.com, is a free online resource designed to help West Virginia students and families plan, apply, and pay for education and training beyond high school.  Dr. Brian Noland, the Commission’s chancellor said, “CFWV is a one-stop shop designed to simplify the college- and career-planning process by providing useful and engaging tools to help students of all ages explore career and program options, discover and utilize financial aid resources, and build custom portfolios to track their progress in preparing for postsecondary education.  This award speaks volumes of the state’s collaborative work to promote college access opportunities for all West Virginians by streamlining the complex nature of the college search and selection process.”

CFWV is a partnership among the Commission, West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education, West Virginia Department of Education, West Virginia GEAR UP, Governor’s 21st Century Jobs Cabinet, and a host of individual college access entities, who have broad expertise in helping students plan, apply, and pay for college. CFWV provides students and their families with the resources needed to make informed decisions regarding all aspects of college- and career-planning.  The Commission worked with the XAP Corporation to develop the site.

Other organizations recognized during the DEAA and Best of Web Awards include: District of Columbia Public Schools; The University of Texas-Pan American; St. John’s Lutheran School, Staten Island, NY; Wayne State University; and University of North Carolina Wilmington.

admin in Member Posts on September 17 2010 » 0 comments

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