Monthly Archive for February 2014
Want to get a big bang for your marketing dollar?
For just $85, Charleston Area Alliance members can get their message in front of 100,000 readers by placing an announcement in the “advance sheet” section of the Charleston Gazette and Daily Mail.
The “advance sheet” is a two-page business update created by the Alliance and published each month courtesy of the Charleston Newspapers.
“This new advertising package offers unparalleled value to Alliance members,” said Alliance President/CEO Matt Ballard. “We are grateful to Charleston Newspapers for its long-time commitment to our newsletter and look forward to expanding our partnership through this new advertising program.”
If you’re looking for maximum exposure in the state’s most popular newspapers, check out this exclusive advertising deal from the Alliance and Charleston Newspapers.
On January 9, a chemical leak at Freedom Industries disrupted the lives of 300,000 of our neighbors, including our 600 members and their 40,000 employees. As we emerge from this incident, we are also presented with the opportunity to create a brighter and stronger future for our region.
While no one can undo what happened a month ago, we do have the power to determine which path we take forward. Water is a critical natural resource and West Virginia is blessed with abundant water supplies. However, we must ensure that those supplies remain clean and plentiful.
To that end, the Charleston Area Alliance, along with several regional partners, is working to create a center of innovation for water cleanliness and sustainability at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston.
The mission of the new “West Virginia Water Sustainability Institute” is to develop and commercialize innovative technologies to maintain, improve and protect water supplies throughout West Virginia.
Examples of the work of the institute would include:
- Commercializing technologies that reduce hazards to fresh water sources
- Commercializing technologies for rapid identification of water contamination
- Developing custom solutions to water quality and quantity issues
- Testing and evaluating technologies that maintain the integrity of the entire water distribution system
- Providing independent assessments and reviews of potential hazards, technologies, contingency plans, and related water quality issues
While certainly timely, the seeds of this project were planted three years ago with the launch of “Vision 2030,” the Alliance’s 20-year economic development plan. Developed with the input of more than 400 business and community leaders, and engaged citizens, Vision 2030 is a roadmap to an empowered future for the Kanawha Valley. It identifies seven key “drivers” that will provide the foundation for a tomorrow that honors the triple bottom line and brings opportunity and prosperity for all.
The work on Vision 2030 was prophetic. Toffler and Associates, a world-class futurist consultancy, provided input and guidance on the plan and focused us on the mega-trend that is clean water.
Abundant, clean water will present one of the biggest challenges to not only our region, but the entire planet. In fact, by 2025 it is expected that two-thirds of the world’s population will live in water suppressed areas.
In response, Vision 2030 includes a number of water-related strategic goals, including harnessing our research assets, such as the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC), to develop solutions that will make our community cleaner, help industry innovate and create the technologies that support high-value jobs and capital investments right here at home.
We’ve come a long way but have far to go to transform Vision 2030 into a reality. We must all come together to fix any gaps that created the current situation but not miss a step in our advance towards a future that brings promise and prosperity.
Over the course of the coming months, the Alliance, the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Chemical Alliance Zone, the West Virginia Regional Technology Park, West Virginia State University, Marshall University, Marshall University Research Corporation, MATRIC and others will be working with government leaders, private supporters and the business community to make this “vision” a reality.
The West Virginia Water Sustainability Institute will develop and commercialize technologies that can be deployed around the world, creating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) jobs in the Kanawha Valley.
Protecting our own citizens is paramount — creating a better regional economy while accomplishing that goal is smart.
Join the Charleston Area Alliance and the West Virginia Power for Business After Hours on Feb. 27.
The event will be held at 601 Morris Street, Suite 301 at Appalachian Power Park.
The cost is $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members who register online before the day of the scheduled event.
Prices the day of the event increase to $25 for Alliance members and $35 for future members.
Click HERE to register.
Business After Hours offer fantastic opportunities to meet the region’s leaders in a relaxed setting with food, drinks and entertainment.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va., February 13, 2014 – Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC) announced today that Gregory S. Babe has replaced Paul E. Arbogast as Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective February 1, 2014.
Arbogast served as Chairman since 2008, and stepped down from the position for personal reasons. Arbogast will remain a permanent member of the board as Chairman Emeritus.
“We are grateful for Paul’s selfless service to MATRIC and to his community,” said Steve Hedrick, president & CEO of MATRIC. “I am personally grateful for both his wisdom and friendship.”
Babe brings more than 30 years of experience in the chemical and manufacturing industries. A native of West Virginia and a graduate of West Virginia University (WVU), Babe currently serves at President & CEO of Liquid X Printed Metals, Inc. Previously, he was President & CEO of Bayer Corporation and Bayer MaterialScience LLC.
“Greg’s experience in leading a science- and technology-based Fortune 500 company, a mid-sized firm and now a start-up will undoubtedly bring tremendous value to MATRIC as it moves into in its second decade of operation and continues its momentum of growth,” said Hedrick.
Babe adds, “MATRIC is a company on the move. I’m looking forward to being a part of an organization that continues to expand and generate value for its global customer base.”
The members of MATRIC’s Board of Directors are:
- Greg Babe, President & CEO, Liquid X Printed Metals, Inc.
- Greg Clutter, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, MATRIC
- Kevin DiGregorio, Executive Director, Chemical Alliance Zone
- Joe Gollehon, Sr. Vice President & Director of Government Affairs, TSG Consulting
- William B. Goode, Vice President, Jacobs Financial Group
- Steven B. Hedrick, President & CEO, MATRIC
- Thomas A. Heywood, Managing Director, Bowles Rice LLP
- Steve Kawash, CPA, Gibbons & Kawash CPAs
- Dr. George E. Keller, II, Chief Engineer, MATRIC
- John Miesner, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, MATRIC
- Tom Potter, Attorney, Jackson & Kelly, PLLC (retired)
- L. Newton Thomas, Jr., Sr. Vice President, ITT Carbon Industries (retired)
- Dr. Parvez Wadia, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, MATRIC
- Bob Welty, State President (WV), Fifth Third Bank
About MATRIC | Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center
MATRIC is the strategic innovation partner of choice for customers where science and technology provides a competitive advantage. Utilizing uncommon expertise and infrastructure, MATRIC focuses on delivering solutions to known and unrecognized technology and business problems in chemical, energy and environmental technologies; technical engineering; and advanced software technologies. We are an energized and expanding company with facilities in South Charleston and Morgantown, W.Va., creating value for customers and investors around the world. For more information, visit www.matricinnovates.com
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Jumpstart your Charleston Area Alliance membership by registering for our most valuable Member Benefit program through Office Depot.
Our members report that the savings from this program more than pays for their membership dues each year. Typical annual savings exceeds 25 percent.
For more information on how you can benefit from this program, click HERE.
Check out the latest member deal below.
Are you looking to extend your Live Well Charlie West workplace wellness campaign throughout the year?
With our partners at the Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement (KCCHI), the Charleston Area Alliance is here to help you implement a long-term and low cost workplace wellness solution.
Learn more at a special Live Well Charlie West lunch and learn on Feb. 19 at the Alliance.
The event will feature an overview of KCCHI’s new Healthy Choices E-Zine, which is an online toolkit that outlines local and regional workplace wellness resources and assists in prioritizing costs and impact.
Judy Crabtree, the lead designer of the e-zine, will deliver an overview of the project and will answer questions at the event.
Registration is $5 to attend. Food and beverages will be provided.
Click HERE to register.
For more information, please contact Cullen Naumoff by e-mail HERE or call 304-340-4253.
This is your opportunity to make every month Live Well Charlie West at your workplace.
DPR Business Specialist
D.P.R. is a dynamic international company in the printing industry. The company is seeking a Business Specialist to manage its Charleston. WV based operations. The position will begin on a part time basis, approximately 20 hours per week, but will ideally develop quickly into a full time position. The Business Specialist will provide general office management, business development and warehouse management activities for this growing company. Applications due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14th. Interviews held on Feb. 18, 19, and 20. Please e-mail your resume, summary of qualifications and cover letter to Amanda Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From caterers to florists to live entertainment, the Alliance represents a broad range of vendors and professional service providers who can assist you, your company and your family with all facets of your holiday.
We encourage you to support the businesses that are supporting Charleston and our region through their membership in the Alliance.
Our 600 members represent 40,000 employees who collectively are creating jobs, enhancing our community, investing in people – and making a wide investment in their own success.
Turn to them first for your holiday entertaining needs and help build a brighter tomorrow! (For a complete member directory, go to: www.CharlestonAreaAlliance.org)
RESTAURANTS AND CATERERS:
AVI Food Systems Inc.
Adelphia Sports Bar
Bridge Road Bistro
Buffalo Wild Wings Charleston
Marriott Town Center
First Watch Restaurant/Chelken, Inc.
Golden Corral Restaurant
Hardings Family Restaurant
Honey Baked Ham Co.
Little Caesar’s Pizza
Groovy’s Cafe and Catering
Paterno’s at the Park
Pies & Pints
Ramada Charleston Downtown
Red Carpet Lounge
South Hills Market & Cafe
The Liquor Company
West Virginia Power Catering
Wine Shop at Capitol Market
SPECIAL EVENT VENUES AND HOTELS:
Berry Hills Country Club
Best Western Charleston Plaza
Brass Pineapple Bed & Breakfast
Capitol Conference Center
Charleston Capitol Hotel
Charleston Civic Center
Charleston Marriott Town Center
Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences
Country Inn & Suites-Charleston
Country Inn & Suites – Elkview
Edgewood Country Club
Embassy Suites Hotel
Four Points by Sheraton
Habitat for Humanity John L Dickinson Homeowner Education & Community Center
Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Cross Lanes
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites – Charleston West
Mardi Gras Casino and Resort
Residence Inn by Marriott
Snowshoe Resort Management Inc.
University of Charleston
Waterfront Place Hotel
West Virginia State University
Wingate by Wyndham – Charleston
Woman’s Club of Charleston
PERFORMING ARTS & ENTERTAINERS:
SPECIALTY ITEMS AND PRINTERS:
SHOPPING AND RETAIL:
To see a full list of Charleston Area Alliance members, alphabetically or
by category, click HERE.
By Alliance Members for 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.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the Live Well Charlie West Corporate Cooking Challenge, which took place last Friday evening at the ReStore Homeowner Education and Community Center.
The event pit the employees of 10 businesses against each other in an “Iron Chef” style cooking competition. Each team used five mystery ingredients to create a healthy, well-balanced dinner in 60 minutes.
The winners were:
First Place: City of Charleston – Engineering Department
Second Place: Charleston Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Third Place: J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works
Thanks to all of the other participants:
- DOW Chemical Company
- Simmons Family Chiropractic
- Arnett, Foster and Toothman
- WV Symphony Orchestra
- Robinson and McElwee
- B.Belle Events
- Spilman, Battle and Thomas
Also, thanks to the judges at the event:
- April Hamilton, April’s Kitchen
- Paul Smith, Buzz Foods
- Yolanda Tam, Executive Insurance, LLC
- Paco Aceves, Berry Hills