Monthly Archive for March 2012
Today, Royal Dutch Shell announced it had selected a site approximately 15 miles from the West Virginia border as its preferred location for the construction of a multi-billion-dollar ethane cracking facility.
Shell will now begin a lengthy engineering and due diligence process, including garnering the needed supply of ethane. If a plant is ultimately located on this site, it will create significant economic opportunities for people and businesses throughout West Virginia.
“No state has the knowledge and workforce that West Virginia has in the natural gas and the chemical industries. With the ethane content of Marcellus and Utica Shales there are multiple opportunities,” said Matthew Ballard, President/CEO of the Charleston Area Alliance. “The word is beginning to get out globally and the natural gas and downstream chemical industry benefits are just beginning.”
The Charleston Area Alliance continues to work with its partners to attract a cracking facility to the Kanawha Valley. Ballard said the Alliance, Bayer, the Chemical Alliance Zone and the Kanawha County Commission, among others, are working with other global companies that are actively conducting due diligence on sites in the area.
“We expect there will be other crackers announced in the future to take advantage of the Marcellus and the more southern Utica Shale,” Ballard said. “The Alliance continues its work on multiple projects and plans to maximize the value of these natural gas resources.”
The Downtown Charleston ArtWalk will be celebrating 10 years as the Capitol City’s premiere art event in 2012. This year promises to be even bigger, better and more exciting than before. Check what’s in store for the March 15 kickoff of ArtWalk.
The Purple Moon
906 Quarrier Street
The Purple Moon kicks off the 2012 ArtWalk Season with works from three wonderful West Virginia artists: Glen Brogan, Sharon Stackpole and Chase Henderson. Brogan grew up in Charleston and is a lover of cartoons, animation, and comics. This love and knowledge of these mediums are certainly evident in his work. Stackpole is back to The Purple Moon with some great new work. After art school, Stackpole worked for some time as a newspaper reporter and columnist in West Virginia and still maintains a daily blog. She is a strong supporter of arts in education and lobbies for the restoration of art instruction at the primary grade levels in West Virginia.
Henderson went to Marshall University to study computers and writing, but mostly computers. Burdened with this knowledge he moved back to Charleston where he lives with his wife and peddles his dark arts of system administration. After chasing all the monsters out of the NYC subway, Henderson was named director of the Charleston branch of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, which holds monthly events througohut the Valley
In addition, The Purple Moon will feature art by William D. Goebel, Felix Krasyk, Hank Keeling, Chuck Hamsher and the usual plethora of fabulous, vintage 20th Century Design!
823 Quarrier Street
The Art Emporium will feature “Slung, Flung & Hung,” mixed media works of art by Robert Tribbie with an Artist Reception during ArtWalk.
Chet Lowther Studio
223 Hale Street
The Chet Lowther Studio kicks off the 2012 Charleston ArtWalk season by showcasing works by some of the most creative, imaginative artists of our time: children. In celebration of Youth Art Month, Lowther will feature works by selected elementary and high school students. Joining him in curating this exhibit is Rebecca Burch, a fellow artist and art educator who will be on hand to answer questions about the importance of art in our schools.
Youth Art Month is an annual observance created in 1961 to emphasize the value of art education for all children. As art teachers, Lowther and Burch know first-hand the significance of public support for quality school art programs. So, please join them in honoring their students at the March ArtWalk and be sure to bring the kids!
1033 Quarrier Street
Downtown Charleston’s art coopertive, Gallery Eleven, begins the 2012 ArtWalk season by welcoming three new artists – Tony Papa, Danielle Milam and Mary Lou Wiegand.
1031 Quarrier Street
Studio 1031 will be featuring the work of Joeann Crawford and Stefani Andrews. Crawford has been concentrating on a body of work that reflects on flora and fauna in watercolors. Andrews has been working on a series called “Bio Logic,” which explores repeated shapes in nature in oil paints and silver leaf on a large scale.
226 Capitol Street
The Annex Gallery at Taylor Books will feature new paintings by Tracy Stuckey.
Born in Indiana, Stuckey lives and works in Morgantown. He is a part time lecturer in the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University and an adjunct professor in the School of Fine Arts at Fairmont State University. In 2011 he received a Professional Development Grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
House of Luxe
817 Quarrier Street
House of Luxe will debut several new lines of Spring/Summer jewelry for ArtWalk, including colorful mix and match bracelets by “Aid Through Trade.” Each piece is made with care by Nepali women who cherish being in their artisan group. Your purchase provides them with much needed income and status. Exclusive designs by Aid Through Trade ensure fair pay, benefits, dignity, and a healthy workplace.
Exquisite resin and crystal rings and earrings by “Angelique de Paris,” in all the latest bright colors for Spring and Summer-white, blue, sea green, pop pink, chocolate, black, coral, red, and lavender. Angelique is a true Parisian delight in the flesh. Her fun, bubbly and bright personality is reflected in her colorful, sparkling and beautiful designs.
Vision’s Day Spa
238 Capitol Street
For the March 15th ArtWalk Visions will be presenting roses by Keith W Johnson, stained glass by Bob Rosier of First Glass, photographs by Dawn Combs and Chad Miller, and hand-blown glass by Hinkle Glass, and hand-made scarves by Tia of Tia’s Treasures this month.Also for the March ArtWalk, people can receive a complimentary make-over from make-up artist Ted Brightwell.
Romano and Associates
230 Capitol Street, Suite 200
Romano and Associates will be featuring the “Colors of the Rainbow Show,” exhibit. Rainbow Pride of West Virginia, Inc. is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides social and educational resources for West Virginia’s LGBT community and our friends & allies. Rainbow Pride is made up of a 9-member Board of Directors and several subsidiary committees.The winter art show was envisioned as part of Rainbow Pride’s continued commitment to outreach and expression of the GLBT community of West Virginia and our allies.
The Charleston Ballet
100 Capitol Street
Watch an “inside” studio rehearsal for “PLAY BALL!” and meet six of the male guest artists from Ballet Fleming in Philadelphia that will be here for this upcoming performance. This clever work combines baseball with ballet and pits the men’s team against the women. Meet “Chuck”, the mascot for the West Virginia Power baseball team and find out about the opening of baseball season.
Member Market: For Alliance Members by Alliance Members
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 Charleston Area Alliance will host its fifth annual We Love Our Community awards program on March 22. The event will recognize 12 recipients representing the best in the Kanawha Valley.
“This is another fantastic program and each year, the Alliance is excited to host an event that shines a spotlight on the best of Charleston,” said Susie Salisbury, the Alliance’s vice president of community development. “This is about the grace of our people, places and culture, and recognizing these recipients fits well with our mission –building a vibrant community and prosperous economy.”
The program includes awards for several categories, including Outstanding Preservation, Best Development, Best Re-Development, Community Celebration, Youth Volunteer and Servant Leader and the Kanawha Heritage award, among others.
Presented by title sponsor City National Bank, the event will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Daniel Boone Room at 405 Capitol Street.
The event is FREE to attend. For more information, contact Susie Salisbury at SSalisbury@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org.
The Charleston Area Alliance is proud to announce that Google and friends are coming to town to get your business online! Walk in offline and walk out online with West Virginia Get Your Business Online, a new program from Google. It’s an easy, free, and fast way to get your business online. If you don’t have a website or Google business listing, you’ll find everything you need to get started – web professionals at your side every step of the way.
West Virginia Get Your Business Online events are completely free. Space is limited, so we highly recommend that you pre-register online to reserve your spot.
Go to www.westvirginiagetonline.com/charlestonarea to reserve your spot today, or call 1-800-986-4157. Pick from two sessions: 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
At the session, Google will provide the computers or a plug-in for your own laptop. If your business is already online, you’ll find tools and resources to help your business succeed and grow online.
Workshop agenda below::
Jump start your online presence (2.5 hours)
Grow your business online (1 hour)
• Learn the basics of how other people find your business online, with methods like search engine optimization (SEO), web analytics and more.
• Run your business more efficiently with online tools, including applications for improving collaboration and communication.
Build your free website (1.5 hours)
Google will walk you through the steps required to create and publish a website for your business using Intuit Sitebuilder.
• Set up your free website account
• Register a domain name (your “address” on the web)
• Select a website template and learn how to customize it
• Publish your website
Sign up now at www.westvirginiagetonline.com/charlestonarea
Sign up today for DigiTools: Microsoft Access training.
DigiTools is a partnership between the Charleston Area Alliance and Bridgemont Community and Technical College to offer training on Microsoft and Adobe Software.
The first two-week session will focus on Microsoft Access, a database management system that is used in a variety of job fields.
Part 1 of the class will be held on Wednesday, March 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. at the Charleston Area Alliance offices on 1116 Smith Street.
Part 2 of the class will be held Wednesday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Tools that will be learned during the Microsoft Access class include:
• reviewing basic database concepts
• creating and manage tables
• querying the database
• designing simple forms
• creating and modifying simple report
And much more!
The 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.
Future sessions in Adobe software, Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and Word will be available for registration in the coming weeks.
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.
For more information, contact Matthew Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-340-4253
On Monday, the Charleston City Council honored the Downtown ArtWalk by passing a resolution. ArtWalk will celebrate its 10th Anniversary when it kicks off it’s 2012 season on March 15. See below for the resolution.
Check out this story from The Charleston Gazette on Toyota adding more jobs at its Buffalo plant
Toyota to add 80 jobs at Buffalo plant
By Kate White
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Toyota will increase production at the company’s plant in Putnam County and create 80 jobs, according to the general manager of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia
“This shows Toyota Japan believes in us and our team members,” Mike Lutz said.
An investment of about $45 million will allow the company, which builds six-speed transmissions for the Avalon, Camry, Lexus RX350, Sienna and Venza, to increase production capacity from about 400,000 to 520,000 beginning in November, according to a news release.
The expansion, which will be done in two phases, Lutz said, is expected to be completed by July 2013 and will raise employment at the Toyota plant in Buffalo to 1,200 and its total investment to $1.3 billion.
Last year, the Buffalo plant celebrated its 15th anniversary. Thursday’s announcement marks the seventh time the plant has expanded since it opened, according to the company.
“What we’ll be doing in two phases is increasing the capacity of the line that we announced last year,” Lutz said. “Last year we added the machinery and this year we’ll increase the capacity.”
Eventually, he said, the expansion will allow the plant to produce 10,000 more transmissions per month.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., first met with the chairman of Toyota in Japan in 1986. Ten years later, Toyota announced it would locate a $400 million engine plant in Buffalo with 350 jobs.
In a news release, Rockefeller said the Toyota plant is “the largest industrial investment in the state in the last 50 years.”
“Now employing almost 1,200 workers from over twenty counties around the state, Toyota has continued to show its commitment to growth,” Rockefeller said in the release. “I’m proud to have helped bring the company here more than 15 years ago, but really we should all thank the workers at Toyota – they are the reason that the company continues to expand, and it’s their dedication and hard work that makes such growth possible.”
Lutz also said the expansion is a testament to the company’s team members.
“Two or three years ago when the economy collapsed, we kept people working…I said ‘hey listen, let’s go and improve things and make business stronger so when we come out of this we’ll be able to grow,'” he said. “Even through a difficult period we stayed on task.”
Other state politicians, including Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin; Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., all lauded the expansion.
Reach Kate White at kate.wh…@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1723.