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Daily Archive for December 20 2010

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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