Monthly Archive for June 2011
This past week Charleston Area Alliance staff were given a tour of new equipment being used to train for jobs in the Chemical Industry by faculty at the Kanawha Valley Community and Technical School. Those enrolled in the Applied Process Technology program are now training on new equipment critical for maintaining our quality workforce in an industry that remains vital to our regional economy.
Should our region or our state be successful in attracting the investment of an ethane cracker facility, training programs like these will be even more important. A chemical operator can make an annual salary of over $50,000 in the Kanawha Valley!
CHARLESTON AREA ALLIANCE, PARTNERS COMMISSION ETHANE RESEARCH EFFORTS
CHARLESTON, W. Va. (June 13, 2011) — The Charleston Area Alliance, in cooperation with the Chemical Alliance Zone, the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, MATRIC and Bayer, has commissioned a study to identify ethane storage, transportation and transmission resources within the region. The results of this study will be relevant to companies considering a major investment in an ethane cracker.
The ethane content within the Marcellus shale offers a tremendous opportunity for the Kanawha Valley. Through a process involving high temperatures and pressures, ethane is converted into ethylene, a fundamental building block of the chemical industry. A “cracker” is the specialized facility in which this process takes place.
Ethane storage and logistics are key factors for companies evaluating possible locations for construction of a cracker. The Alliance has retained Marshall Miller & Associates, an Alliance member, to assist with the research efforts.
Experts estimate that constructing one or more crackers in West Virginia and the subsequent downstream chemical processing facilities will require a $1 to $3 billion initial capital investment in the region and create hundreds of permanent jobs.
The Charleston Area Alliance was formed in August 2004 with the merger of the Business and Industrial Development Corporation (BIDCO), the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce and Charleston Renaissance Corporation. Through a broad range of innovative programs and services, the Alliance creates jobs, enhances our community and invests in people.
For more information please contact the Charleston Area Alliance at (304) 340-4253 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
This video highlights the work of the Charleston Area Alliance and its partners in attracting a world class ethane cracker to West Virginia and the Kanawha Valley. So what is an ethane cracker?
Let’s show them why Charleston is a great place for living, working and playing!
Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and the Power take on the Lakewood Blueclaws at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets are $15. The price includes admission, food (hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, pulled pork and more) and beverages (keg beer, soda and water).
Click here to pre-register. Tickets also are available at the gate.
Fireworks follow the game.
“We are really excited about being a part of the local community and serving the residents of Charleston,” said Matt Bischof, the field representative opening the office. “It’s our goal to provide the best possible service to the community by offering longer hours and Saturday service. A lot of people connect with GEICO through our television commercials and advertising. We also want them to identify us by the great personal customer experience we offer.”
The GEICO team is involved in numerous community activities including the Charleston Area Alliance, the Chambers of Commerce for Beckley, Huntington and Putnam Counties and the BNI-Power Chapter. Bischof also is actively involved in fundraising efforts for several local schools and is a participant in The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
“We are pleased that Matt will be working with our customers in West Virginia,” said Robin Burdick, GEICO vice president. “GEICO has a lot to offer in terms of community outreach and support as well as our professional services.”
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the third-largest private passenger auto insurer in the United States. The company is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. GEICO handles auto insurance coverage for 10 million private passenger auto policies and insures more than 16 million vehicles.
In addition to auto insurance, GEICO offers customers insurance products for their motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and mobile homes. Coverage for life, boats, homes and apartments is available through the GEICO Insurance Agency. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.
Live on the Levee happens at Haddad Riverfront Park, and GC has an area sectioned off at the overlook near Court Street, which resembles the shape of a boat’s bow. Look for the GC banner!
The concert will feature Mother’s Nature, a variety band whose tunes includes dance, pop, classic rock, blues, funk, R&B and Motown. In addition, a Special Olympics Ceremony will kick off the 2011 Summer Games.
First Friday is a great networking opportunity that gives you the opportunity to meet new people and socialize, all while enjoying a cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free and open to the public. Let’s show everyone why Charleston is such a great place to live, work and play!
Please note that while First Friday ends at 7:30 p.m., Live on the Levee continues until 10 p.m.
During challenging economic times, business owners and individual taxpayers alike must be aware of the bottom line. The Charleston Area Alliance and Dixon Hughes Goodman have teamed together to bring you expert analysis and insight on critical issues that impact the region’s businesses.
“Reduce Your State & Local Tax Burden,” the next session of a new professional development initiative called SUCCESStrategies, is scheduled from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at the Alliance offices, 1116 Smith Street.
Registration is $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members and increases to $25 and $35 starting June 6. Register here.
The program will feature prominent tax professionals who will share tips about tax strategies, tax credits, filing and avoiding penalties at the state level. The roundtable will be moderated by Rick Slater, Managing Partner at Dixon Hughes Goodman. Speakers include:
- Craig Griffith, West Virginia Tax Commissioner
- Bob Kiss, Partner with Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love, and
- Lydia McKee, Senior Manager with Dixon Hughes Goodman
“This major education initiative is a great benefit to local businesses –both small and large. It is critically important that we keep current in this ever changing environment,” says Rick Slater, Regional Managing Partner at Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP.
SUCCESStrategies is raising the bar for professional development programming in the Charleston region as evidenced by the first program, which focused on health care reform and what it means to West Virginia employers. This new series showcases high level speakers addressing issues of real substance to business leaders in the area and will be held at the Alliance office every other month through the end of 2011.