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Remembering Tech Park COO Tom Reishman

Brian Noland, left, and Tom Reishman on Dec. 9, 2011

Thomas V. Reishman, chief operating officer for the West Virginia Regional Technology Park, passed away in the morning hours of December 18, 2011.

Tom had served at the Tech Park since March 2010, directing the transition as the state took ownership of the property from The Dow Chemical Company. Tom battled cancer in his final months and continued working through his illness. He passed away in his sleep in the comfort of his Hurricane, W.Va. home.

Tom was universally respected and the Tech Park will be his lasting legacy.  At the December 9, 2011 meeting of the Higher Education Policy Commission, Chancellor Brian Noland presented Tom with a framed resolution honoring his service to the state (See below).

Tom is survived by his wife Nancy, and two grown children, Wade of Los Angeles, and Allison of Atlanta.

RESOLUTION In Honor of Thomas V. Reishman

WHEREAS, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, acting on behalf of the State of West Virginia, its citizens, students, researchers, industry representatives, educators, and others, join to salute Mr. Tom Reishman for his distinguished service to the State of West Virginia; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Reishman began serving as Transition Director for the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston in March 2010, nine months prior to The Dow Chemical Company’s donation of the 258 acres of land and facilities in its Technical Center to the State of West Virginia and now serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Technology Park; and

WHEREAS, prior to joining the Technology Park, Mr. Reishman served as Deputy Commissioner of Energy and went on to a highly successful career in West Virginia business and industry; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Reishman has invested considerable personal time and effort to work with thousands of people from many different companies, government agencies, educational institutions, non-governmental entities and other organizations; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Reishman has negotiated highly complex financial, technical, legal and environmental issues relative to the transfer of the property, while treating others with the utmost respect and professionalism at all times; and

WHEREAS, due to Mr. Reishman’s exemplary service the West Virginia Regional Technology Park has made great strides in achieving its vision of becoming 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; and

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission hereby expresses its great appreciation and sincere and lasting gratitude to Mr. Tom Reishman for exemplary service to the State of West Virginia.   Presented by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission on this ninth day of December, two thousand and eleven.

David Hendrickson

Brian Noland

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admin in Announcements on December 27 2011 » 0 comments

Charleston named as one of 2011’s best performing cities

Charleston Area AllianceThe Charleston Area Alliance is pleased to share recent data indicating that the Charleston metropolitan statistical area has moved up 13 spots in the 2011 list of best performing cities by the Milken Institute.

Charleston finished at 48 in this year’s list. Milken’s best-performing cities index ranks U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth.

According to the U.S Census Bureau, MSAs are geographic entities defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for use by federal statistical agencies in collecting, tabulating, and publishing federal statistics.

The Charleston MSA consists of five counties: Kanawha, Putnam, Boone, Lincoln and Clay.

To see the list and study results, click HERE.

The components for the list include job, wage and salary and technology growth. Milken rates 379 metropolitan areas in the list. Charleston was ranked in the largest metro category.

“The positive factors for our MSA included job growth, wage and salary growth. Where this study shows we have room for improvement is in the high-technology gross domestic product growth,” said Alliance President and CEO Matt Ballard.

“The Alliance is keenly aware this is an area needed for growth. That’s why we are working together to move the needle on technology progress along with our partners at the Chemical Alliance Zone, MATRIC, TechConnect WV, the WV Angel Investors Network and others.”

The Alliance acknowledges the hard work of all five counties, all the businesses within and community leaders that have helped our MSA achieve new levels of success.

We are confident that the efforts of our elected officials, community leaders and the Alliance to create jobs, enhance our community and invest in people, will help Charleston continue to climb the list.

Working together, the best is yet to come!

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Learn about the Alliance’s European tour at a Jan. 9 Meeting

If you’re looking for ways to garner new customers and revenue and want to explore the benefits of exporting your products outside the U.S, the Charleston Area Alliance is here to help.

Use the Alliance’s 2012 Trade Mission and tools from the U.S Commercial Services to help increase exporting opportunities through assistance with the identification of and entering key emerging markets.

Explore three European countries in this dynamic trade mission with other Alliance members. Travel for business reasons, or if you choose, just for the cultural experience.

Click HERE for the trip brochure.

Learn more at the next business mission/cultural tour informational meeting on Monday, Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Alliance offices
at 1116 Smith Street.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Jeri Adkins at JAdkins@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org or by calling 304-340-4253.

Since the trade missions began in 2010, more than 100 business and community leaders from the Charleston area have participated.

For the European tour, the Alliance will continue attracting new foreign direct investment and job creation to West Virginia, as well as schedule specific business to business meetings that will benefit your export strategy.

If you plan to travel with the Alliance in 2012 for business purposes, we encourage you contact the Alliance staff as soon as possible. This ensures that specific meetings with potential partners can be scheduled in advance of travel.

It will also give attendees a better understanding of what European businesses are looking for when they expand into the U.S market.

Please join fellow Charleston Area Alliance members and friends as we journey together to Budapest, Vienna and Prague next spring.

Here’s just a sampling of the feedback from attendees of previous tours:

“You organized a wonderful trip that went flawlessly! The trip was incredible and the group was fantastic!”  

“We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to make new acquaintances and new friends.” 

“The trip was fabulous! We can’t stop talking about it.”

“It was a fantastic trip, and I don’t know how it could have gone any better.” 

“Thank you all for making this special trip such a delightful experience.”

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admin in Announcements,Events on December 22 2011 » 0 comments

Member Market: Start your New Year with Suddenlink Business

This “Member Market” is a paid announcement sent by the Alliance on behalf of a member to business and community leaders and young professionals.

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It was a very good year — thanks to you!

As another successful year draws to a close, the Charleston Area Alliance is grateful for the visionary businesses, organizations and people whose support helped build a stronger future for our region.

Through Alliance membership and participation, they – and you – played an integral role in creating jobs, enhancing our community and investing in people.

Look for your colleagues and friends in this slideshow above showcasing the people, projects and programs that made a difference in 2011.

It’s been an honor to work with you over the past year to:

• Spearhead a coordinated and comprehensive effort to recruit an ethane cracking facility to our region.

• Launch Vision 2030, a 20-year economic development initiative for our region developed by more than 300 area business, community and government representatives.

• Support West Virginia Regional Technology Park’s (formerly Dow Tech Park) successful efforts to secure a $5.25 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, (the largest federal EDA grant this year).

• Provide technical assistance to Cabella’s during the site selection process for its new store at Southridge Centre.

• Aid Audubon Engineering in establishing its West Virginia headquarters in downtown Charleston, which will create up to 30 to 40 jobs by the end of 2012.

• Grow Generation Charleston (sponsored by BrickStreet), our young professionals program, to more than 1,000 members, and graduate 35 future leaders from Leadership Kanawha Valley (sponsored by Chesapeake Energy).

• Play a key role in securing one of only five EPA “Greening America’s Capitals” grants for an innovative redesign of Slack Plaza.

• Expand “Inclusion=Innovation,” an initative to help businesses profit from the diverse talents of all segments of our workforce (sponsored by Ernst & Young).

• Celebrate the grand opening of the Kureha specialty plastic plant in Belle, which the Alliance helped recruit to the Kanawha Valley.

• Salute the people and organizations making Charleston a better place to live, work and play through our “We Love Our Community” awards (sponsored by City National Bank).

• Connect and educate more than 2,000 members through programs such as the Charleston Small Business Summit & Showcase (sponsored by Frontier Communications), online member directory, Facebook page and blog, Business After Hours, Annual Celebration (sponsored by Jackson Kelly), SUCCESStrategies (sponsored by Dixon Hughes Goodman), Speed Networking with the Stars (sponsored by Suddenlink Business), Issues & Eggs (sponsored by AEP) and our annual golf scramble (sponsored by United Bank).

• Help members successfully enter international markets through skills development courses and organization of our April 2011 business mission bringing 45 local leaders to China. Our 2012 trip will connect area business people to opportunities in Eastern Europe.

• Enrich and empower women to achieve success through “Elevations,” our professional women’s network (sponsored by DOW). This group now has 1,765 members.

• Draw thousands of visitors and shoppers to downtown Charleston through the monthly ArtWalk event.

• Continue to provide a Small Business Incubator that continues to be a valuable resource for start-ups and entrepreneurs and worked with the West Virginia Small Business Development Center to hire a small business coach.

• Assist Siam Precision Components, a Thailand-based manufacturer of precision laminated components, in its selection of the Kanawha Valley to open its $6 million factory, which will create up to 25 jobs.

• Work to identify, preserve and promote public art projects in Charleston through a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

• Launch an online open letter of support for construction of an ethane cracking facility in the Kanawha Valley, which has been signed by more than 600 citizens and business, community and government leaders.

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 our 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 2012!

Matthew G. Ballard
President / CEO


Chairman’s Circle

Charleston Newspapers
Chesapeake Energy
City of Charleston
Kanawha County

President’s Circle

Monarch Holdings
State of West Virginia

Cornerstone Partner

United Bank

Market Maker

Dixon Hughes Goodman
Jackson Kelly
Spilman Thomas & Battle
West Virginia American Water

Executive Partner

Arnett & Foster
Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love
Capitol Conference Center
City National Bank
Dickinson Properties
Embassy Suites
Frontier Communications
Jacobson Foundation
Masters Law Firm
Steptoe & Johnson
Suddenlink Business
Thomas Health System

Vision Builder

BBL Carlton
Charleston Marriott Town Center
Dingess Rum Properties
Ernst & Young
Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh
Huntington Banks
Kanawha Scales & Systems
Kanawha Stone
Maier Foundation
Mardi Gras Casino & Resort
Summit Community Bank
The Property Centre
Triad Engineering
ZMM Architects & Engineers

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Alliance in the news: Engineering firm to open shortly after Christmas

From the Charleston Gazette:

Engineering firm to open shortly after Christmas
By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An engineering firm that announced in October it would move to the area will open just after Christmas, a company official said Thursday.

Audubon Engineering will open Dec. 27 in the top floor of the Huntington Bank building in downtown Charleston, said Richard Caldwell, vice president of the company’s Appalachian region division.

So far the firm has seven employees, Caldwell said. The company has hired a recruiter who is reviewing resumes that have been sent to the Charleston Area Alliance. The recruiter will be working with Workforce West Virginia to identify candidates for hire, he said.

Caldwell said the company is interested in hiring either local residents who are out of work or underemployed, as well as native West Virginians who have moved away and want to move back.

Caldwell said he wants to have 30 to 40 employees in the office within several months.

“There will be a steady ramp-up [of employees] between now and the middle of [next] year,” Caldwell said, adding that there will also be more employees at client sites throughout the Appalachian region.

“[We’ve been] awarded some work from a handful of the major players in the natural gas industry, and we’ll be hiring to support those needs,” he said.



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West Virginians Pushing for Cracker Along Multiple Fronts

West Virginians Pushing for Cracker Along Multiple Fronts

published by NGI’s Shale Daily: December 15, 2011

A new company has leased about 1,500 acres in the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia and hopes to find investors to raise $2 billion to develop an ethane cracker and other downstream facilities.

Meanwhile, more than 600 people have signed an online petition stating their support for construction of a cracker in the Kanawha Valley, while an industry report estimates that ethane production in the United States will increase 50% by 2016.

Invictus LLC, a company incorporated last fall, has a five-year option on 1,456 acres in the Upper Kanawha Valley near Coalburg. Richard Neely — a Charleston attorney and former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice who is a principal partner at Invictus — told NGI’s Shale Daily the company has bold plans for the property, a former mountaintop removal strip mine.

“It may end up being a refinery in addition to being a cracker,” Neely said Tuesday. “We’re exploring the possibility of converting some of this Marcellus Shale gas into things like diesel fuel — using some version of the Fischer-Tropsch [FT] process — and into naphtha and some other useful products. We’re not limiting ourselves to simply separating out the ethylene and converting it to ethylene oxide.”

According to Neely, Invictus’ other investors are former Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Michael Callaghan, Cunningham Energy President Ryan Cunningham and the Charleston-based firm Gaddy Engineering.

Neely said the company was looking to raise $3 million in equity funds to create a plant design model that would satisfy DEP requirements for an air permit, conduct further research into FT technology and take bids from contractors for the construction of the plant, which is estimated to cost $2 billion.

“This plant could help revitalize the chemical industry in Charleston,” Neely said. “We have plenty of room for other plants on our 1,456 acres. If somebody wanted to build a chemical plant there and pipe directly into the ethylene oxide, they could do it. Or they could use the existing pipelines in the valley or ship it by rail car.”

Neely said his partners were confident that the $2 billion for the plant could be raised on the private capital market, but the company was open to discussing a joint venture with a major.

“There are a lot of issues we have yet to sort out,” Neely said. “But if West Virginia wants to develop and profit from the Marcellus and Utica [shales], then there is nothing for it but to start putting one foot in front of the other and marching on, solving problems as they arise.”

The type of facility envisioned by Neely and his partners would thrill the Charleston Area Alliance (CAA), which has created an online petition seeking support for an ethane cracker in the Kanawha Valley.

“We still have a fairly sizable chemical industry here, with companies like Bayer, Dow, DuPont and others,” Matthew Ballard, CEO of the CAA, told NGI’s Shale Daily on Tuesday. “This would help recharge the industry and really help us achieve some downstream successes from the ethane cracker as well.”

Ballard estimated that an ethane cracker would require at least a $1.5 billion investment, but would create thousands of construction jobs over a couple of years, followed by several hundred permanent jobs. He added that several downstream jobs would also be created at existing businesses because they would no longer have to import feedstock from elsewhere to create polyethylene, ethylene oxide and other products.

“We know how to do this,” Ballard said, adding that the world’s first ethane cracker was built in Clendenin, a town about 15 miles from the state capital, Charleston. “There are a lot of chemical engineers and chemical operators here in the valley that would be anxious to jump on board with a project like this.”

According to a report by Bentek Energy LLC and Turner, Mason & Co., American ethane production is expected to rise 50% — or by 475 million b/d — by 2016. The report said Texas would account for most (280 million b/d) of an increase in American ethane supplies, while the demand for ethane will increase to 352 million b/d over the next five years.

Several companies are eyeing the states of the Marcellus Shale region as the location for an ethane cracker.

Royal Dutch Shell plc is reportedly considering sites in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania for a world-class cracker that could consume 60,000-80,000 b/d of ethane (see Shale Daily, Dec. 5; Sept. 7). And West Virginia officials have made the argument on several occasions that the Mountain State is the best option for an ethane cracker (see Shale Daily, Aug. 26; July 18; May 6; Dec. 23, 2010).

Elsewhere, a unit of Range Resources Corp. has agreed to supply Marcellus Shale ethane to Dow Chemical Co.’s existing operations in Louisiana, Westlake Chemical Corp. plans to expand its ethylene capacity, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP may build a world-class cracker in the Gulf Coast region and Sasol Ltd. is considering a cracker in Louisiana (see Shale Daily, April 25; April 7; March 29).


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admin in Announcements,In the News on December 14 2011 » 0 comments

Job Posting: Part-time Community Outreach Coordinator

PART-TIME POSITION AVAILABLE  (20 to 25 hrs per week)

Partners in Community Outreach Coordinator


• Partner with WV Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and model State Leaders to determine and address model fidelity needs; to develop and distribute tools for ongoing quality improvement; to develop cross-model program standards; to identify training needs, provide cross-model training for In-Home Family Education staff; to update Core Knowledge and Core Competencies

• Coordinate or provide technical assistance to local In-Home Family Education programs and communities wanting to establish an In-Home Family Education program.

• Develop mechanisms for peer-to-peer support and mentoring.

• Provide or coordinate In-Home Family Education expertise to DHHR and other state policymakers.

• Assist with advocacy efforts to increase funding for local programs and expansion of In-Home Family Education.

• Provide opportunities for In-Home Family Education staff professional growth.

• Represent In-Home Family Education on relevant state committees, such as the WV Early Childhood Council and its committees, WV Home Visitation Stakeholder’s Group, TACSEI Leadership Team, WV Prevention Leadership Council, WV Perinatal Partnership Prevention of Unplanned Pregnancies, and WV Prevention Leadership Council.

• Work with Consultants on salary analysis, review of Partners business model, treatment/prevention cost analysis, cost of program model fidelity and universal access.


• Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood, Social Work or related field preferred – Masters preferred • Experience with early childhood home visitation

• Experience working on state level committees

• Experience developing or participating in local and state partnerships

• Understanding of early childhood professional development

• Understanding of state systems and outcome-based programs For more information about Partners in Community Outreach, please visit http://www.wvpartners.org.

SEND RESUME: TEAM for West Virginia Children P.O. Box 1653 Huntington, WV  25717 E-mail: team@teamwv.org

Phone: (304) 523-9587 (ext 308)                                FAX: (304) 523-9595   DEADLINE:  January 3, 2012                                       Equal Opportunity Employer

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Jingle all the way to Downtown ArtWalk this Thursday

Downtown ArtWalk
Thursday, Dec. 15
5-8 p.m.

White Oak Photography
107 Hale Street, Suite 100

What’s that lurking in the back of your closet? Why it’s an Ugly Christmas Sweater!

Time to break it out and put it on to celebrate the holiday season at ArtWalk.

We’ll be taking portraits of you in your holiday finery and prizes will be given for the ugliest sweaters. New works will be on display and select fine art prints will be available for purchase, sure to make a great gift for everyone.  Join us Under the White Oak!!!

Good News Mountaineer Garage
221 1/2 Hale Street

West Virginia Patriots for Peace and other local groups are sponsoring “Windows and Mirrors”, an art exhibit initiated by American Friends Service Committee, and produced by artists around the US and other countries, as well as by Afghan students.

The traveling exhibit is a remembrance to those who have suffered and died in this now-ten-year-old conflict, and seeks to turn us away from perpetual war and to renew our commitment to diplomacy, reconciliation, development, and security in this region and around the world.

Stray Dog Antiques
219 Hale Street

Join us at Stray Dog Antiques and find unique gifts for your family, your friends and yourself! All three floors are open Monday through Saturday 10-5, and on Sunday from 11-5 through December 25th.

Art Emporium
823 Quarrier Street

Thorney Lieberman, a native New Yorker, has photographed professionally for more than 40 years. A book of his landscapes, Manhattan Lightscape was published by Abbeville Press in 1990.

A Charleston transplant for better than six years, his photographs of his adopted city portray a romantic vision.

Vision’s Day Spa
238 Capitol Street

Visions will feature new glass from Ron Hinkle and handmade scarves and hats by Tia of Tia’s Treasures.

House of Luxe
817 Quarrier Street

House of Luxe will feature print maker, Eleanor Kousaie Rashid, displaying monoprints, lithographs, clay monoprints and giclee prints.

Gallery Eleven
1033 Quarrier Street

December will feature every Gallery Eleven artist listed below:

• Sonja Adkins
• Kathy Boland
• Joe Ann Crawford
• Clyde Edelman
• Phyllis Larimer
• Pat Miller
• Gloria Jean Pennington
• Pat Roberts
• Randy Selbe
• Helen Williams
• Larry Wolfe
• Pat Workman

Taylor Books
226 Capitol Street

Taylor Books will feature new work from a collection of artists including Cathy Wilkin, Roshanna Rothberg, Anthony Young, Vernon Howell, Mary Sanders, Mary Jane Hurst, Robert Villamanga, Mark Blumenstein and more.

Also featured will be rugs  by Twinkle Toes Rugs,  new stock of Blenko Glass, new handmade cutting boards by Jim and Brenda Goode, handcrafted metal sculptures by blacksmith Jeff Fetty, and work from local geologist Scott Rodeheaver.

Romano and Associates
230 Capitol Street, Suite 200

Sassa Nibert is a 30-year-old fine arts graduate of Marshall University. She is currently teaching drawing at Marshall while attending graduate school for art education.
She recently had a public sculpture installed in downtown Huntington’s Harris Riverfront Park.

Sassa continues to make work through graduate school, and is currently focused on portrait drawing and painting. Her work will be featured at Romano and Associates.

Studio 1031
1031 Quarrier St.

Studio 1031 will be featuring the art of Stefani Andrews. Stefani has prints, paintings, jewelry, and metal sculptures available. Her recent large scale paintings, prints, and mixed media from her series “Bio-Logic” are also being featured in the window at Pro Art this month.

Come check out our paper Christmas tree in the window that lights up. There is a six foot version currently in the Clay Center’s Christmas exhibit that was installed by Stefani.

The Purple Moon
906 Quarrier Street

The Purple Moon will close out the 2011 ArtWalk season with a “Holiday Art Party” featuring works from local and regional artists, vintage works from around the globe and a plethora of mid-century modern magic thrown in for good measure.

Live music will be provided by Tofujitsu. Stop by and register for a door prize, enjoy some Holiday libation and help us celebrate this most Festive of Seasons!

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