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Monthly Archive for January 2012

Time is running out to join the Alliance on a European adventure

Time is running out to get your deposit down and travel with the Charleston Area Alliance on its 2012 trade and mission tour to Europe.

The deposit deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 24 and limited space is available.

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.

Tour the historical Castle Hill area and visit 13th century cathedrals in Budapest.

Walk along the Danube River and visit the world famous opera houses in Vienna, the city of Mozart.

View the famous Historical Clock and the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Old Royal Palace and St. George’s Basilica in Prague, the city of 100 spires.

Click HERE for the trip brochure.

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

Diane Strong-Treister, president of Manpower, was a part of the 2010 mission to China. She said the tour offered great networking opportunities.

“I went to learn about China and was truly impressed with the jam-packed educational opportunities it provided me,” Strong-Treister said. “But most of all what I gained from this trip was the friendships that were formed with the business leaders that represented our state. All of us are looking forward to our reunion when we travel to Europe in the spring of 2012.”

Linda Arnold, chairman and CEO of The Arnold Agency, said her China trip was a memorable experience.

“The agendas, logistics and variety of experiences were incredible – not to mention the value,” Arnold said. “The organization provided by the Alliance staff really helped things go smoothly.”

For the European tour, the Alliance will continue attracting new foreign direct investment and job creation to West Virginia, as well as showcasing some of Europe’s most breathtaking sights.

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.

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

About the Trip

The Charleston Area Alliance presents a journey to Budapest, Vienna and Prague. The tour features three unique European capitals with extraordinary cultures and emerging economies.

The European tour will start on May 14 and conclude on May 23, featuring three nights in Budapest, two nights in Vienna and three nights in Prague.

Arrangements for this tour are being made by National Travel of West Virginia.

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Job posting: KISRA looking for licensed practical nurses



























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Business After Hours at Just Beneath the Surface tomorrow night.

Just Beneath the Surface
Business After Hours
Thursday, Jan. 19
5 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Building 300 Summers Street, 15th Floor

Online registration ends tomorrow at noon for Business After Hours at the offices of the Just Beneath the Surface alliance on the 15th floor of the BB&T Building at 300 Summers Street in downtown Charleston.

Business After Hours events are fantastic opportunities to network and meet the region’s leaders in a relaxed setting, all while enjoying food, drinks and entertainment.

Click here to register.

The cost is $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members who register early online.

Prices at the door are $25 for Alliance members and $35 for future members.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information.

The Alliance cannot issue cancellation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.

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Take a trip to the islands with the Alliance and WVSO on Jan. 24

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Open House
Tuesday, Jan. 24
5-7 p.m.
Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

Beat the winter blahs with a trip to a “Caribbean Oasis,” courtesy of the Charleston Area Alliance and West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO).

Maestro Grant Cooper, the WVSO Board of Directors and the Alliance cordially invite you to a 2012 WVSO open house event, Jan. 24 in the grand lobby of the Clay Center.

An island-themed affair, the open house will feature a steel drum band and Caribbean flavors from the islands and umbrella drinks.

Admission to the event is FREE, but RSVP is required.

Please RSVP here.

The WVSO Open House 2012 event is sponsored in part by:

Champion Industries, Inc.

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Jackson Kelly, PLLC

Additional support provided by:

Embassy Suites Hotel

Mountain State Beverage

Proud Eagle, Inc.

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Sign up now for Charleston Police Department Citizens’ Police Academy

2012 Charleston Police Department Citizens’ Police Academy: Open to residents and businesses

The Charleston Police Department is now accepting applications for enrollment into the Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy. This academy consists of an 8 week law enforcement program open to anyone interested 18 years of age and older. Participants will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Charleston Police Department Training Center.

The Citizens’ Police Academy will start Tuesday, March 5, 2012. Each week, a different law enforcement topic will be presented with classroom and hands-on instruction by police officers.

This academy is offered free of charge to Charleston and surrounding residents and business owners. Seating is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis. Applications are available at the Charleston Police Department (Community Services Division) or online at www.charlestonwvpolice.org and should be returned to the Police Department by February 3, 2012. Any questions can be answered by calling 304.348.6470.

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CRA marketing pros to headline Elevations luncheon on Feb. 2


Elevations: Professional Women’s Luncheon

Thursday, Feb. 2 Summit Conference Center

11:45 a.m.-Noon: Informal Networking (Optional)

Noon-1:15 p.m.: Program

When it comes to running one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s top marketing firms, the team at Charles Ryan Associates has learned that two heads can be better than one.

Two years ago, the agency, founded by West Virginia advertising legend Charles Ryan, implemented a number of innovative changes that included a unique management structure.


The top staff position is now shared by managing partners Caryn Durham and Susan Lavenski, who will share their perspectives on successful management in a changing business environment and their bird’s eye experiences from memorable campaigns with high profile clients at the next Elevations Professional Women’s Network luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Summit Conference Center.

Click HERE to register.

Tickets for this special event are $30 for Alliance members/$40 future members.

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

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Charleston named as one of the best U.S cities to buy real estate in 2012

Charleston has been ranked the third most promising real estate market in the United States for 2012 by the website HousingPredictor.com.

The ranking was based on housing appreciation expectations for 2012. West Virginia is represented in the Top 25 three times. Huntington and Wheeling came in at 8th and 9th place respectively.

“As a state that has suffered with poverty and hard times for generations, West Virginia lands three markets on the best 25 list for the year as it benefits from newcomers moving to the state for its housing affordability,” the article states.

Tina Pepper, a Charleston based realtor, said the news is very exciting for buyers in the area.

“This information provides us a great tool to show our clients,” Pepper said. “Right now is a great time to buy a home because interest rates are still low and prices have not yet started to rise. It is also a good time to sell before the market becomes saturated with homes.”

To see the list and read the results, click HERE.

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Member Market: UC Speaker Series – Who Decides Patient Treatment?

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

































The University of Charleston will kick of the 2012 Speaker Series at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, with a special panel on the future of healthcare.  “Who Decides Patient Treatment?” will feature Tommy Thompson, former governor of Wisconsin and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, currently running for the U.S. Senate; and Tony Coelho, former U.S. congressman from California and chair of the National Partnership to Improve Patient Care.

The panel will explore the extent to which the public, the government, or insurers should pay for treatment that individuals cannot afford, the extent to which patients should be allowed to choose treatment that is not “best practice,” and other ethical questions emerging from recent and proposed changes in healthcare law and policy.

The panel is free and open to the public. For more information, call the UC Communications Office at 304-357-4716.


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DigiTools: Register now for Microsoft Word training

Part 1: Wednesday, Jan. 18
Part 2: Wednesday Jan. 25
9 a.m.- Noon

Charleston Area Alliance
1116 Smith St.

Register now to sign up for DigiTools: Microsoft Word training.

DigiTools is a partnership between the Charleston Area Alliance and Bridgemont Community and Technical College to offer training on Microsoft software.

If you’re a business professional or an individual interested in sharpening your computer skills, sign up and take a two week session on specific software.

The first part of the class for Microsoft Word will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18. The class will continue on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. at the Charleston Area Alliance offices on 1116 Smith Street.

To sign up for DigiTools: Microsoft Word, please click the link below:

Register Here

Registration ends Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. Classes are only open to the first 13 individuals who sign up. The cost is $60 for Alliance members and $90 for future Alliance members.

This fourth session will be on Microsoft Word, a very popular word processing program.

Tools that will be learned at this session will include: • controlling page setup and appearance • editing and formating text • adding tables to a document • adding tables and charts • merging letters, labels, and envelopes • controlling text flow in a large document And much more!

For more information, contact Matthew Thompson at mthompson@charlestonareaalliance.org or at 304-340-4253.

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