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Here’s to a Bright 2011!

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admin in Announcements,Economic Development on December 31 2010 » 0 comments

Generation West Virginia Day Scheduled for Jan. 20

Members of Generation West Virginia and Generation Charleston will take to the State Capitol Jan. 20 for a day of leadership training, legislative education and networking.

In its second year, Generation West Virginia Day at the Legislature is designed to showcase West Virginia’s young talent and engage Generation West Virginia members in policymaking.

“Generation West Virginia members want to learn more about and connect with West Virginia’s lawmakers,” said Juliet  A. Terry, Generation West Virginia Day at the Legislature co-chairman and president of Vision Shared, a statewide community and economic development organization. “These young leaders are working to advance the interest of young people in communities across the state, and getting an up-close view of the legislative process is critical. This event also gives our state elected officials the opportunity to network with West Virginia’s emerging leaders and learn about the issues and needs of this generation.”

To register for this annual event, members of Generation West Virginia’s regional groups are encouraged to visit www.generationwestvirginia.com.

At Generation West Virginia Day at the Legislature, members of Generation West Virginia’s 12 regional groups will have a unique opportunity to get an up-close view on how policies are made and tell decision makers about some of the innovative ways their respective organizations are working to cultivate and engage young talent.

Agenda items include a presentation to the Generation Legislature Caucus, a special group of lawmakers that was announced during last year’s inaugural GenWV legislative visit. Caucus members are highlighting policy areas of interest to the 21-45-year-old age group. The Jan. 20 agenda also will include a seminar on how to be an effective board member; floor session recognition in the Senate and House of Delegates; and a lunch program with legislators in the Generation West Virginia demographic. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and legislative leaders are invited and encouraged to meet with attendees and take part in the day’s events. (more…)

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admin in Generation Charleston on December 30 2010 » 0 comments

Boulevard Tavern to Host the 1st First Friday of 2011

Generation Charleston officially kicks off its New Year Jan. 7 with First Friday at Boulevard Tavern, 806 Kanawha Blvd. East.

The networking event is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

GC is expecting an exciting year full of new opportunities.

The group’s Public Policy Team will be promoting the Brains for Business legislation and its education initiative during the upcoming legislative session. The Membership Team is putting together a full slate of First Friday events, and the Community Outreach Team is preparing a volunteer opportunity schedule.

The Business & Economic Development Team, meanwhile, is looking ahead to Loft Walk and various seminars. And Special Events is continuing the traditions of Generations Celebration and GC Day at Power Park.

First Friday is a great way to get to know GC members and learn more about what it’s all about – creating a better future for the region. It’s also a lot of fun, and the Tavern will be offering food and drink specials.

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admin in Events,Generation Charleston on December 29 2010 » 0 comments

Don’t Wait to Register

Issues & Eggs, the original legislative breakfast, is coming Jan. 12 to the Charleston Marriott Town Center.

It is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Join the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce in its more than 50-year tradition of bringing lawmakers and business and community leaders face to face to discuss the issues that will shape our state’s future.  Issues & Eggs, the largest and first legislative breakfast in the state, draws a sell-out crowd. Last year, more than 70 legislators and 250 business leaders attended.

“As we prepare for another legislative session, the Charleston Chamber wants to be proactive and introduce innovative ideas,” said Matt Ballard, the Chamber’s president and CEO. “At the same time, we want to keep a look out for policies and bills that could impact the region and state.”

“Issues & Eggs presents an excellent opportunity for you to hear directly from your representatives on the issues that matter to you and your business,” Ballard said. “Issues & Eggs typically draws a sold-out crowd and is one of our most anticipated and popular events of the year.”

The event will feature a preview of the Chamber’s 2011 legislative agenda, keynote address and Q&A session.

Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for future members. Prices increase to $45 and $55 after Jan. 7.

Click here to register.

Sponsors include AEP, BB&T, Charleston Area Medical Center, Spilman Thomas & Battle and Triad Engineering. For sponsorship information, call (304) 340-4253.

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admin in Charleston Regional Chamber,Events on December 28 2010 » 0 comments

Don’t Miss the Grand Illusion of Carnevale!

Lose yourself in the revelry of a masquerade ball inspired by the magical beauty of Venice.

Slip on a fanciful mask, dress in whimsical costume, become someone else.

Anything goes at Carnevale!

Buy tickets now and save!

Tickets are $150 per person, or just $125 if purchased by 5 p.m. on Jan. 3. Guests must be 21 years of age. No refunds. Black tie optional – masks will be available.

  • Food and wine pairings at serving stations throughout the Clay Center’s Avampato Discovery Museum and grand lobby
  • Open bar with delectable selection of Italian fare prepared by Embassy Suites
  • Intriguing strolling entertainers, including a fire eater
  • Fabulous silent and live auction items
  • Prizes for costumes and masks
  • Dancing to the lively music of Big Ray and the Kool Kats

It’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced in Charleston.

Don’t miss the grand illusion of Carnevale!

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admin in Member Posts on December 27 2010 » 0 comments

Here’s Wishing You …

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admin in Announcements on December 24 2010 » 0 comments

Take Advantage of the Trade Winds Webinar Series

The Trade Winds 2011: Mexico and The Americas – Webinar Series is a must-take opportunity for new and experienced exporters to gain knowledge of the export opportunities in the region with an emphasis on Mexico. 

Companies will learn about the best prospects, financial and legal considerations as well as marketing strategies to enter any market in the Western Hemisphere. Participants will also understand and appreciate the cultural differences, economic conditions and technological capabilities of potential partners. This five-part webinar series is also a venue to prepare participating U.S. companies for a more successful experience at the upcoming Trade Winds Forum event which will be held on April 6-12, 2011 in Mexico City, Mexico.

You can register for the entire series or for any of the series’ five webinars.
Venue:
Your Computer!
Date:
November 17; December 17, 2010 and January 18; February 17; March 17, 2011
Time:
11:00AM-12:15PM EST
Cost:
$150 per company
Register:
https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=1Q2J
More Information:
http://www.buyusa.gov/westvirginia/twws.html
Venue:
Your Computer!
Date:
December 17, 2010
Time:
11:00AM-12:15PM EST
Cost:
$40 per company
Register:
https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=1Q2G

Event: Financial and Legal Considerations when Exporting to Mexico
Venue:
Your Computer!
Date:
January 18, 2011
Time:
11:00AM-12:15PM EST
Cost:
$40 per company
Register:
https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=1Q2F
Venue:
Your Computer!
Date:
February 17, 2011
Time:
11:00AM-12:15PM EST
Cost:
$40 per company
Register:
https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=1Q2E
Venue:
Your Computer!
Date:
March 17, 2011
Time:
11:00AM-12:15PM EST
Cost:
$40 per company
Register:
https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=1Q2D

Event: Trade Winds 2011: “Mexico and the Americas” – Webinar Series

Event: Explore your export opportunities in Central America

Event: Explore your export opportunities in the Caribbean Region

Event: Logistics, Incoterms and FTAs considerations when Exporting to Mexico

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admin in Member Posts on December 23 2010 » 0 comments

ArtWalk to Make Encore Following Snowstorm

Last week’s snowstorm made it tough for many to go downtown for ArtWalk. So we’re doing it one more time in 2010!

Join us from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23 as nine businesses open their doors to showcase the best of Charleston!

And get last-minute holiday shopping done while you’re at it.

Participating businesses include:

Art Emporium
Stray Dog Antiques
Gallery Eleven
Annex Gallery Taylor Books      
Good News Mountaineer Garage
Chet Lowther Studio
The Purple Moon
Romano & Associates Law Gallery
Visions Day Spa

Visit www.CharlestonArtWalk.com for more information.

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admin in Downtown ArtWalk,Events on December 22 2010 » 0 comments

The Future is Now

West Virginia’s future as a leader in technology and innovation took a leap forward last Wednesday with the transfer of the former Dow Tech Park to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

It’s an important step in the Charleston Area Alliance’s technology-based economic development strategy. The creation of the new West Virginia Education, Research and Technology Park (WVERTP) is the culmination of the work of many partners over the past decade and represents a tremendous opportunity for our region and the nation. 

Dow’s donation to the state has saved about 500 high-paying jobs with benefits. The average salary at the park is $81,900.

“The Technology Park employs citizens from 16 counties in West Virginia and two bordering states,” said Matt Ballard, the Alliance’s president and CEO. “The impact will only increase as the vision is realized over the next decade. That vision is to fully develop a diversified, multi-tenant research, development and commercialization park focused on energy, chemicals and related technologies for the advancement of education and economic development in West Virginia and the surrounding region.”

The WVERTP also offers the state a chance to build on the region’s unique competitive advantages through the promotion of collaborative innovation and entrepreneurial activity. 

“The park, combined with other important assets stretching from Morgantown to Huntington, embodies a regional innovation cluster across the state,” Alliance Chairman Pat Bond said.

A regional innovation cluster (RIC), as defined by the Federal Economic Development Authority, is a “geographic concentration of firms and industries that do business with each other and have common needs for talent, technology, and infrastructure.” 

“Being at the forefront of solving national issues, like energy independence, will create a more unique niche for our region and state, grow existing businesses and create new jobs and educational opportunities,” Bond said.

A new report conducted by Battelle, a multi-billion dollar organization with experience in similar projects around the globe, has confirmed the park’s possibilities. Battelle’s recommendations include using the inherent, indigenous strengths of the local region to capitalize on new opportunities.

“Leaders such as Sen. Joe Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, the Chemical Alliance Zone, the Higher Education Policy Commission, MATRIC, the Kanawha County Commission and others had the vision and courage to back our mission and gather support for West Virginia’s future,” Ballard said. “They know advancing technology leads to job creation, and with the Technology Park, we have a fantastic opportunity to boost West Virginia’s technology economy.”

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admin in Economic Development,Education on December 21 2010 » 0 comments

Working All Together, It’s Been a Very Good Year at the Alliance

Jobs.  Community.  People.  These are the building blocks of a brighter future, and these are what drive the Charleston Area Alliance, your economic, business and community development organization and the largest regional Chamber of Commerce in West Virginia.

Thanks to businesses, organizations and people throughout our community working All Together, 2010 was a banner year for the Alliance.   Take a look at how much you – through your Alliance membership – accomplished for our region in the past 12 months:

It’s been an honor to work on your behalf in the past year to:

  • Save 500 high value jobs and preserve the possibility of 2,000 more opportunities for West Virginians at the South Charleston Technology Park.
     
  • Provide a Small Business Incubator that continues to be a valuable resource for start-ups and entrepreneurs.
     
  • Spearhead a successful campaign to ensure nearly $15 million in funding for public safety and transportation through our Chamber of Commerce.
     
  • Grow Generation Charleston, our young professionals program, from 600 to more than 1,000 members, and graduate 35 future leaders from Leadership Kanawha Valley.
     
  • Finalize the Mary Price Ratrie Greenspace, a sustainable park and learning center across from the Clay Center.
     
  • Connect and educate members through programs such as the Charleston Business Showcase, online member directory, blog and Facebook page, Food for Thought, Business After Hours, Speed Networking with the Stars, Issues & Eggs and our Annual Celebration.
     
  • Help members successfully enter international markets through skills development courses and organization of our April 2010 business mission bringing 70 local leaders to China.
     
  • Present the inaugural “Enrichment and Leadership Academy” with keynote speaker Betty Schoenbaum as part of a year-round quality programming from “Elevations,” our professional women’s network.   This group now has 1,765 members.
     
  • Expand “Inclusion=Innovation,” an initiative to help businesses profit from the diverse talents of all segments of our workforce.
     
  • Award our 19th College Summit scholarship.
     
  • Draw thousands of visitors and shoppers to downtown Charleston through the monthly ArtWalk.
     
  • Promote, through our East End Main Street program, economic development and historic preservation in Charleston’s oldest neighborhood with a grocery store task force, business consultations, façade grants, green energy programs and dynamic special events including Halloweast.

These successes just scratch the surface of what we achieved thanks to our 600 members and their 40,000 employees. 

We look forward to sustaining this progress in the year ahead with your help.

Please accept my thanks for your continued support and participation of this dynamic organization that is making things happen for our members and our community.  We’re not waiting around for things to change and we hope you won’t either.

See you in 2011!

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