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MAGNET research to be released tomorrow

MAGNET
Friday, Oct. 26
1:30 p.m.
Ramada Charleston Downtown
Cobb Room
600 Kanawha Boulevard East

Preliminary results from a first-of-its-kind research project to identify opportunities  and obstacles to building a world-class, diverse professional workforce in the Kanawha Valley will be released by the Charleston Area Alliance at 1:30 p.m. on Friday during the state-wide Create West Virginia conference at the Ramada Charleston Downtown on 600 Kanawha Boulevard East.

The project, called MAGNET:  Managing, Attracting and Growing New and Existing Talent, is part of the Alliance’s “inclusion=innovation” initiative, which helps area businesses and our region benefit from and maximize the diverse professional talents of all segments of our community.

The inclusion initiative is presented by title sponsor Ernst & Young, a global leader in leveraging diversity and inclusive ways of thinking to deliver bottom line benefits for clients around the world.  Spilman, Thomas & Battle, long committed to diversity, provided lead sponsorship support for the MAGNET project.

The press briefing is open to Alliance members. There is no fee to attend, but a RSVP is required.

To make a reservation, please click HERE.

Separate registration is required to attend other Create WV sessions.

For more information on the Create WV conference, click HERE.

The project, which included qualitative and quantitative research, was conducted earlier this month by Mythology Marketing. It measured perceptions of business leaders and young professionals in the Kanawha Valley on issues relating to diversity and how those relate to attracting and retaining top talent.

Professionals in cities in surrounding states that “compete” with West Virginia for young professional talent were also surveyed to assess their perceptions of the Mountain State. Minority professionals who have left the region were also interviewed.

“The MAGNET project will take theAlliance’s ‘inclusion=innovation’ initiative to the next level by providing solid data upon which we can direct future efforts to attract and retain  young professionals, particularly those from minority backgrounds, in the Kanawha Valley,” said Alliance Senior Vice President JoEllen Zacks.

For more information, contact: jzacks@charlestonarealliance.org

Incubator Tour

This Friday, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the Charleston Area Alliance in honor of renovations to the Alliance’s business incubator at 1116 Smith Street.

The event will be the official unveiling of this exciting new resource, which was made possible through the generous support of Alliance members. Alliance staff will be on hand to lead tours of the new space and answer questions regarding entrepreneur support programs.

This event is being held in conjunction with the 2012 Create WV Conference and is the first stop on the Create WV Kanawha Valley Incubator Tour.

Following the ribbon cutting event, participants will have the option of traveling by trolley to tour the Chemical Alliance Zone Incubator at the Tech Park, and then to the DigiSo incubator on the West Side.

The event will be held this Friday at 5 p.m. Light snacks and drinks will be served. This event is free, but please RSVP by e-mailing Andrew Dunlap atADunlap@charlestonareaalliance.org if you plan to attend.

 

 

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