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Elevations luncheon featured in Charleston Daily Mail

The Charleston Area Alliance made news today with its latest Elevations Professional Women’s Network luncheon. On Thursday at the Charleston Marriott Town Center, women leaders in the natural gas, coal and related industries addressed the opportunities and challenges ahead for West Virginia’s energy sector. The event was presented by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC.

Sharon O. Flanery, a petroleum engineer and attorney who leads the Steptoe & Johnson Energy Team, moderated a roundtable discussion about the future of energy in the Mountain State. Panelists included: Maribeth Anderson, director of corporate development for Chesapeake Energy Corporation; Tania Hotmer, manager of external affairs at AEP; and Linda Raines Torre, co-founder and senior engineer for Decota Consulting, a mining/environmental consulting firm.

More than 150 business executives, lawyers, engineers and other professionals were in attendance. The mission of the 1,700-member Elevations Professional Women’s Network is to “enrich, empower and elevate women to achieve success.”  Through luncheons and other events featuring high-profile speakers, Elevations provides an affirmative network that connects professional women with the information, resources and contacts that helps them, their businesses and their communities succeed. Elevations is presented by the Charleston Area Alliance and Title Sponsor Dow Chemical Company.

From the Charleston Daily Mail:

Panel discusses women’s role in energy industry
by Melanie Hoffman
Daily Mail staff

The energy industry might be dominated by men, but Tania Hotmer said women serve an important role as well.

“Women are starting to play a more critical role in business,” she said. “Women are able to reach a crowd men can’t.”

Hotmer was one of three women from the energy industry on a panel sponsored by the Charleston Area Alliance Thursday. She is the external affairs manager for Appalachian Power.

“I started out as an administrative assistant,” she said. “It challenged me more to work harder, and it drove me to do my best.”

Going into meetings where there would be one or two women in a group of 10 started out intimidating, she said.

Maribeth Anderson, director of corporate development for Chesapeake Energy Corp., and Linda Raines Torre, cofounder and senior engineer for Decota Consulting, also served on the panel.

Torre grew up on a farm in West Virginia with a lot of brothers and cousins.

“I just work,” she said. “I have a lot of respect for the people I work with and do work for and relate well to them. I enjoy getting out there with steel toed boots and a hard hat on.”

The women spoke of their respective industries – coal, power and gas – to an audience of about 100. The audience consisted mostly of female Alliance members and workers in the industry.

The region of Marcellus shale recently discovered in West Virginia and Pennsylvania might be the second largest discovery of its kind in the world.

“We need to take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity we have,” Anderson said.

In 2009, the gas industry produced 5,000 jobs. In 2020, it’s expected to produce more than 17,000, Anderson said.

The biggest challenge the gas industry faces is hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” she said, which uses large amounts of water mixed with chemicals to release gas from the underground shale rocks.

The public thinks the process is sucking the streams dry and that spills happen every day, she said.

“And none of that is true, at all,” she said. “I don’t know why all this happened this year.”

For power, Hotmer said the increase in customer demand means rates will continue to go up.

A lack of workers, especially experienced ones, could hurt the coal industry, Torre said. The experience is retiring, she said, and people are hesitant to start in the business because the future is unclear.

“When you don’t know where you go next, it’s hard to do,” she said.

All three women agreed on one thing – their industries are helping to spur the economy, but they’re not trying to hurt the environment.

Elizabeth Keightley, senior vice president for BB&T Wealth Management, said the program was a “great form of education.”

“They really represented diversity in terms of perspective,” she said. “They put it in a way the audience can relate to.”

She said she enjoyed hearing the “real facts.”

“There’s bias within the popular media against the industry,” Keightley said. “I think this sort of thing helps dispel myths, especially concerning the environment.”

For more information on the Alliance, visit www.charlestonareaalliance.org.

Contact writer Melanie Hoffman at melanie.hoffman@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.

http://www.dailymail.com/Business/201107281454?page=2&build=cache

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Charleston Area Alliance Welcomes Cabela’s

The Charleston Area Alliance welcomes Cabela’s to the area. We were pleased to assist during its due diligence process for selecting Charleston.

To learn more about the new Cabela’s, check out the following article from the Charleston Daily Mail.

Thursday July 28, 2011
Cabela’s Inc. announces plans for Southridge store
by From staff reports
Charleston Daily Mail

Cabela’s, the big outdoor sporting goods retailer, announced it will build a store at Southridge Centre.

The company said the store will be 80,000 square feet. That’s 46 percent the size of the 175,000-square-foot store Cabela’s opened off Interstate 70 near Wheeling in 2004.

In comparison, the Gander Mountain store that opened in Southridge Centre in 2006 has 65,000 square feet of space.

Cabela’s said its Charleston store’s exterior “will reflect Cabela’s traditional store model with log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing. A large glass storefront will allow customers to view much of the store’s interior as they approach the building.

“The inside will highlight the company’s next-generation layout, which is designed to immerse customers in the outdoor experience and includes conservation-themed wildlife displays and trophy animal mounts displayed on a mountain with a built-in aquarium,” the company said.

“The store will also feature a gun library, bargain cave and fudge shop.”

Construction is expected to start early next year and the store is expected to open next summer.

Cabela’s spokesman Joe Arterburn said, “We anticipate employing approximately 200 full- and part-time employees for the Charleston store.”

Tommy Millnear, Cabela’s chief executive officer, said in a prepared statement, “West Virginians are dedicated outdoors people and loyal Cabela’s customers. People throughout the state have been Cabela’s customers for decades and it’s because of their passion for outdoor recreation that we’re able to make our goods and services even more accessible to the area’s hunters, anglers and campers.”

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said in a prepared statement, “With our abundant outdoor activities and thousands of enthusiasts who enjoy the opportunities that West Virginia has to offer, I believe Cabela’s decision to establish a new store in our Capital City will serve both the company and the community well.

“Earlier this month I had the opportunity to meet with Cabela’s executives and local developers from Ridgeline Inc.,” Tomblin said. “I believe Cabela’s decision to expand in our great state is a testament to our strong economy, vibrant tourism industry and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities. I’d like to personally thank Cabela’s for investing in all that our great state has to offer.”

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said he had been working on luring Cabela’s to the city for some time. “It means a lot for Charleston,” he said. “It’s a great thing for Charleston.”

The city will collect a $2 weekly user fee from all employees plus the business and occupation tax, which is based on sales.

RidgeLine Inc. owns the property where the store will sit. Georgette Rashid George, RidgeLine’s manager, said the store will be beside Home Depot, across Cross Terrace Boulevard from Las Trancas Mexican Cuisine.

George said, “We’re very excited about having Cabela’s as another addition to the area. We’re also excited about more jobs. We think it’s a great thing for the whole community.”

The state showered Cabela’s with incentives to lure a Cabela’s retail superstore and distribution center to Wheeling. That’s not happening with the Charleston store. Both Jones and Cabela’s spokesman Joe Arterburn said the company is not getting any incentives for the Southridge store.

Arterburn said, “This is an open-faced business decision and we’re confident this will be a successful store, based on our loyal customers we have in that area.”

The store will likely impact the departments that sell outdoors merchandise at several existing nearby stores, including Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Gander Mountain.

Bob Lilly of Sport Mart, which is about six miles away on MacCorkle Avenue, said, “I’m sure it’s going to hurt our fishing department some but we don’t do the outdoor merchandise like they carry.

“We’re pretty much a specialty store — team football, baseball — things like that,” Lilly said. “I think it’ll have a minimal impact on us. It will be a great asset to the community, though.

“Cabela’s has a really good reputation for their online sales and their catalog,” Lilly said. “It will bring a tremendous amount of people to the area.”

Asked if there’s a way Sport Mart can benefit from that, Lilly joked, “They could cause so much traffic congestion people will stop here.”

The retail centers on Corridor G draw customers from a wide area.

When asked about what the additional traffic would mean for Southridge, Jones said, “I know it’s an issue, but I would rather have a lot of traffic than not have it.”

RidgeLine’s George noted that there are three entrances and four exits to Southridge Centre. “I think what will happen is, the entrances that are already available will be utilized more,” she said.

Cabela’s on Thursday reported record financial results for the second quarter of 2011. Cabela’s said revenue totaled $562.1 million and net income was $21.7 million. In comparison, the company reported revenue of $465.5 million and net income of $18 million in the same quarter a year ago.

Cabela’s said retail store revenue increased 12 percent to $329.2 million in the most recent quarter. Millnear said, “Stronger retail segment profitability and return on capital give us the green light for accelerating new store openings.

“Additionally, the initial performance of our recently opened next generation stores is very encouraging as they are each generating sales and profitability per square foot higher than the corporate average,” he said. “This provides us with increased confidence to invest in more next generation retail stores. For 2012, we now expect to open five stores, four in the United States and one in Canada, increasing our retail square footage nearly 10 percent. This is the largest number of store openings in four years.”

Arterburn, the Cabela’s spokesman, said the company had been focusing on the superstore concept, like the store it built near Wheeling, and it has worked well. The company may build more superstores but “we’re focusing now on getting these next-generation stores and siting them right dead-center in areas where we have good Cabela’s customers. We can map that from the zip codes of our Internet and catalog customers. Charleston is right in the middle of a concentration of great Cabela’s customers.”

The next-generation stores are “a new, more efficient, season-to-season type design where we can really deliver the merchandise to the locale, based on the season,” Arterburn said.

Cabela’s describes itself as “a leading specialty retailer, and the world’s largest direct marketer, of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise.” The company is headquartered in Sidney, Neb. It was established in 1961. Cabela’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol, “CAB.”

http://www.dailymail.com/Business/201107280566

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Norandex Building Materials Distribution Seeking Area Sales Leader

For over 60 years, Norandex Building Materials Distribution, Inc. has offered professional builders energy-efficient, renewable/recyclable/sustainable building products that meet the ever-increasing expectations of homeowners. Now they are looking for hard working people to join their team as an Area Sales Leader. The person hired will be responsible for selling siding, windows, and other exterior building products to remodeling and new-home contractors in the Charleston, WV market.

Duties & Responsibilities
• Fully participate in all aspects of company Action Selling program.
• Represent the company’s product lines by calling on existing accts & seeking to establish new accts of builders, remodelers, architects, exporters & contractors.
• Explain products features, systems, construction, pricing & installation.
• Provide sound customer service by following up after sale to assure customer satisfaction on prod quality, delivery, & installation.
• Prepare customer quotes using predetermined guidelines on pricing.
• Conduct market research to determine trends in construction, competitor’s products, & code requirements.
• Communicate results to location mgr.
• Maintain awareness of building code requirements on our products & advise customers accordingly.
• Evaluate field claims on product defects or installation & resolve.
• Assist office staff on resolving billing & credit disputes with the sales rep’s customers.
• Represent the company’s products/services at home shows & industry expos.

Essential Physical Requirements
• Must be able to operate a motor vehicle and be able to go into a customer’s place of business or job site. This will occasionally require traversing uneven terrain typical of a construction site. Must be able to pick up and carry sample products of moderate weight in order to demonstrate the product s features to the customer.

Required Education, Experience and Skills
• One to three years of direct sales experience, preferably in the building products industry.
• Must be able to demonstrate mastery of Action Selling skills through testing after participating in the appropriate Action Selling modules. Travel 0-5%

If interested, please send your resume to candace.gillespie@saint-gobain.com

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Beating the heat at ArtWalk

High humidity and 90-degree temperatures didn’t deter people from last Thursday’s Downtown ArtWalk. The Charleston Gazette was there and featured the July edition on its website blog. The blog perfectly captured all the rich culture Charleston has to offer. Visit http://blogs.wvgazette.com/popcult/2011/07/22/a-hot-artwalk-in-photos/#more-6208 to read the piece. If you’re amazed by the photos and want to see it all for yourself, the next ArtWalk will be held Thursday August 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. We hope to see you there!

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Vote Capitol Market as “America’s Favorite Farmer’s Market”

Capitol Market is hoping for your support in a contest looking for the best farmer’s market in the country. The contest, sponsored by the American Farmland Trust, aims to find a local market that’s a” great source of fresh, organic and locally grown foods.”  To cast your vote, please visit www.farmland.org/vote, enter 25301, click Search, and then select the vote box under Capitol Market. Your e-mail vote will be held private. The last day for entries is July 31. Please take part and show how important the Capitol Market is to our area.

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Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College Starts New Data cabling program


Please find below information on  Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College’s New Data cabling program.  The Charleston Area Alliance incubator houses a company seeking to hire qualified technicians in this field right now… this could be your future… check it out.

Workforce and Economic Development

1701 5th Avenue, Box #15

Charleston, WV  25312

Phone (304) 414-4440

Fax (304) 414-4441

 

www.kvctc.edu

 

For IMMEDIATE Release

Media Contact:  Cynthia Woodworth @ 304.414.4443

cwoodworth@kvctc.edu

 

 

 

DATA CABLING TECHNICIAN TRAINING

 

 

            Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College will begin a new program to train men and women to work as a data cabling technician. This workforce development program is designed for beginners as well as for persons with IT support experience who want to gain certification and work as a telecommunications equipment or line installer or repairer.

 

            Students will learn about industry standards and practices, cable ratings and performance, cable installation and management, pulling cable, testing and troubleshooting, understanding blueprints, as well as basic math and English review.  Prepare to pass the Data Cabling Installer Certification from Certifications International.

 

Call (304) 414-4443 today for complete program information including schedule and registration details for the 10 week, 350 hour training program.  Ask about financial aid opportunities for qualifying individuals.  You are also invited to attend a free informational seminar, Connect to a Career as a Data Cabling Technician, at 2:00 p.m. on July 27, as part of an Open House event at the offices of the KVCTC Workforce Division, 1701 5th Avenue, Suite 142, Charleston, WV.  Visit www.workforce.kvctc.edu for complete details about the event.

 

Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College offers more than 20 associate degree programs, 15 certificate programs and a variety of skill sets. The college delivers customized credit and non-credit training for business and industry through its Workforce and Economic Development Division. KVCTC has an extensive off-campus network throughout its service region of Kanawha, Putnam and Clay counties.

 

 

 

Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and does not discriminate against any person because of race, sex, age, color, religion, disability, national or ethnic origin. Ms. Michelle Bissell, Compliance Coordinator                                               110 Cole Complex PO Box 1000 * Institute, WV 25112-1000

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STEM Workers: Please Live Long and Prosper

 

A very good article on STEM workforce by the U.S. Department of Commerce.  As the Alliance has moved through our Vision 2030 planning process, the importance of education and workforce has been at the front of the discussion.  West Virginia and the Kanawha Valley must continue to position itself to have the best workforce which is a critical factor in location decisions for new projects, like re-locations or expansions to create jobs.  The Alliance worked with the Chemical Alliance Zone, the WV Manufacturers Association, and the local community and technical colleges that results in a new chemical operations program (discussed several posts ago) here in the Valley.  As the Alliance meets with companies across the Kanawha Valley we report workforce needs in industries to our partners at our Community and Technical Colleges.

http://www.esa.doc.gov/Blog/2011/07/13/stem-workers-please-live-long-and-prosper

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RESPONSIBLY EMBRACING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WEST VIRGINIA From Gov. Tomblin

For Immediate Release

July 15, 2011

Contact: Jacqueline Proctor

304-558-2000

 

 

RESPONSIBLY EMBRACING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WEST VIRGINIA

From the Governor’s Desk: A Weekly column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin

 

In recent years, West Virginia has had the foresight and discipline to position itself well and embrace the opportunities that come with good management. In the past three years, our commitment to fiscal responsibility led three credit rating agencies to upgrade our bond ratings resulting in an immediate savings for taxpayers in terms of publically financed projects like the construction of new schools. In addition, just this year I led the charge to lower the state’s food tax for our families.

One new opportunity on the horizon is one that I believe we must proactively embrace for the benefit of our citizens, protection of our environment and to invigorate the private sector. The natural gas industry has long been a source of good-paying jobs and fuel for West Virginians and their homes. The discovery of vast amounts of natural gas embedded in Marcellus Shale presents us with a tremendous opportunity. In the latter part of 2007, West Virginia natural gas producers began combining horizontal drilling techniques with hydraulic fracturing to recover large volumes of gas from the Marcellus Shale. Since January of 2008, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has issued close to 900 permits for horizontal drilling into the Marcellus Shale. Those numbers are certain to increase.

The potential of the Marcellus Shale as an abundant energy source for our state and the nation, while creating thousands of good-paying jobs and revitalizing our chemical and manufacturing industries is exciting. Still, we must be diligent in our efforts to ensure that processes associated with the Marcellus and other shale gas production are responsibly regulated to protect all West Virginians.

As the discussions and practices of Marcellus Shale development have expanded, I have heard from many constituents. I truly appreciate the time you took to voice your varying concerns about such development and its impact.   I have listened and I’ve taken the crucial action needed to start West Virginia on the right path toward regulatory certainty in Marcellus development, while protecting our citizens, and the environment.

Earlier this week, joined by state legislators and leaders of our state’s natural resources, I announced the filing of my executive order that directs the state DEP to promulgate additional environmental regulations governing Marcellus drilling activities.

Specifically, my executive order requires companies to provide a list of additives they use in frack fluids; post signs at water withdrawal location points on streams; and take steps to protect in-stream flow during periods of withdrawal. Marcellus drilling applicants who want to establish a well-site within the boundaries of a municipality must file a public notice of intent to drill. This order is an important first step in providing responsible regulatory oversight. But, there is much work to be done by legislators serving on a Legislative select committee, which is developing a reasonable and comprehensive proposal related to Marcellus development. With input from all concerned, together, I am confident we will make the most of this opportunity.

 

 

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The Artist Factory!

 
The Artist Factory is a series of workshops aimed to enrich the professional lives of the valley’s artists by impacting,marketing, networking and building professional identities.  The Arts Council of Kanawha Valley has identified themes that will be covered throughout the year.  Some of the themes include: taxes, basics of contract building, copyright & trademark law, basics of public relations, basic website building and much more.  The workshops are taught by established artists and experts in the fields.  These workshops are open to every artist that works under any genre (music, visual, dance, theatre and literary) to provide necessary networking within the artist community.

If you wish to attend any of the workshops, space is limited and registration is required.  Register to mail@artskv.org.  PayPal is available to pre-pay any event by visiting www.artskv.org and clicking on the Sign Up tab!
 

       
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Women Leaders to Address Future of Energy Sector

Women leaders in the natural gas, coal and related industries will share their insights on opportunities and challenges facing West Virginia’s energy sector and how they will shape the future of the Mountain State at a special Elevations luncheon, to be held Thursday, July 28, at the Charleston Marriott Town Center Pavilion.  

Sharon O. Flanery, a petroleum engineer and attorney who leads the Steptoe & Johnson Energy Team, will moderate  “Women with Energy,” a roundtable discussion with female business executives, lawyers, engineers and other professionals on the front lines of developments in the natural gas and coal fields.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

·          Maribeth Anderson, director, corporate developmentChesapeake Energy Corporation

·         Tania Hotmer, manager of external affairs, AEP

·         Linda Raines Torre, co-founder and senior engineer for Decota Consulting, a mining/environmental consulting firm

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with informal networking (optional), followed by a luncheon and program at 11:45 a.m.. 

Registration is $30 for Alliance members/$40 future members through July 22. Prices increase to $40 Alliance members/$50 future members after that date.  Reserved tables of eight, which include program recognition and signage, are $500 for Alliance members; $600 future members. 

For more information about reserved tables, contact JoEllen Zacks:  jzacks@charlestonareaalliance.org

 Click here to register!

“Women with Energy” is presented with the generous support of Steptoe & Johnson. 

The mission of the 1,700-member Elevations Professional Women’s Network is to “enrich, empower and elevate women to achieve success.”  Through luncheons and other events featuring high-profile speakers, Elevations provides an affirmative network that connects professional women with the information, resources and contacts that helps them, their businesses and their communities succeed. 

Elevations is presented by the Charleston Area Alliance and Title Sponsor DOW. 

The Alliance cannot invoice for groups of fewer than 10 and is unable to issue refunds for cancellations received less than 48 prior to an event.

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