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Generation Charleston holds “Meet & Greet” with First Lady Joanne Tomblin



First Lady Joanne Tomblin meets with GC;
Encourages young professionals to come home to West Virginia

Members of Generation Charleston met with West Virginia First Lady Joanne Tomblin at a special “Meet & Greet” held this morning, Friday Sept. 30, at the law firm of Jackson Kelly PLLC.

Tomblin praised Generation Charleston for its work in trying to attract and retain young professionals in the state.

The group, which launched five years ago and boasts more than 1,000 members, regularly invites public officials to speak about issues important to the region’s young workforce, including education, health care and the economy.

“We need young people in this state to be engaged civically, politically and through business,” Tomblin said.”It’s very refreshing to see young people doing what this group is doing because I know it will be successful. Don’t give up on it.”

A long-time education advocate, Tomblin is president of the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

She is married to Earl Ray Tomblin, the Acting Governor/President of the West Virginia Senate. They have one son, Brent.

Tomblin said she’s eager to see more young professionals call West Virginia home.

“Come back and be an entrepreneur or come back here and start your business – I tell people that all the time,“ Tomblin said. “It’s beautiful here and we have one of the lowest crime rates. I could give them all kinds of positives. We have so much to offer here.”

Tomblin also serves on many state and local committees and organizations including the Education Alliance Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Forward Southern West Virginia Executive Board, the West Virginia Regional Contracting Assistance Center Board and Executive Committee, the Rural Access Corporation and the West Virginia Workforce Investment Council.

“This event is a great example of continued collaborative efforts between state government and Generation Charleston,” said Julie Cyphers, Generation Charleston co-chair. “We are excited First Lady Tomblin looks to us as partners in the growth of West Virginia and a voice for young professionals”

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