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Monthly Archive for January 2015

Member Market: Real estate auction on Feb. 18

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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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admin in Announcements,Member Market on January 26 2015 » 0 comments

Study underway to examine Charleston’s downtown housing market

ALLIANCE_color~verticalThe Charleston Area Alliance has hired a national consulting firm to examine the viability of expanding downtown housing opportunities in the heart of West Virginia’s capitol.

In December, the Alliance awarded the project to Bowen National Research, a firm specializing in real estate and market analysis. Bowen will complete a three-month residential feasibility study on downtown Charleston, formally referred to as the “Central Business District.”

“There have been small attempts to gauge Charleston’s downtown housing market, but nothing on this level,” said Susie Salisbury, the Alliance’s vice president of community development.

“The Alliance understands that affordable housing in our downtown is desired, but any potential developer is going to have to be convinced that Charleston has the market for downtown housing. The feasibility study is our effort to have the very first tool in our toolbox to help attract and convince developers.”

Bowen representatives will partner with various community leaders and realtors to accurately assess the downtown’s current housing market as well as its potential for future growth.

The study will analyze the area physically bound north by the railroad tracks, south by the Kanawha River, east by Morris Street and west by the Elk River.

Due March 30, 2015, the report will provide the Alliance with the following information:

A full assessment of the downtown’s current housing market; including location, price and forms of existing rental and owner-occupied homes

An assessment of the demand for additional residential housing in the downtown area broken down by type of housing (e.g. multi-family, single-family, etc.), price point

and the demand for rental and/or owner-occupied homes

An inventory of available housing development sites and the identification of the types of residents anticipated to demand downtown housing

In addition, the study will recommend an implementation plan for the Alliance and the City of Charleston to use in recruitment of developers to produce market rate and mixed-use housing. It will identify any barriers to meeting housing gap needs as well as establish a timeline for implementation.

“There is no one panacea for urban development, but if there were, for Charleston, it would be housing,” said Alliance President/CEO Matthew Ballard.

“To create more vibrancy in the core retail area of downtown, it will take a mutual crescendo. We can’t ask businesses to stay open after 5 p.m. or on the weekends if no one is there to support them.

“We can’t ask people to live downtown if it isn’t a place with the amenities people want. It all has to happen together. We have to strike while the iron is hot and encourage developers and individuals to advance the right type of housing.”

The study is primarily funded by the West Virginia Community Participation Program, which was successfully acquired by the Alliance.

“We’re doing our homework. This study is something we want to be able to turnover and use in the community immediately,” Salisbury said.

The Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the community, improving the economy and creating more jobs in the Kanawha Valley. To learn more about the Charleston Area Alliance, please visit www.CharlestonAreaAlliance.org.

 

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admin in Announcements on January 23 2015 » 0 comments

Charleston Area Alliance welcomes Bridgeport Equipment & Tool

ALLIANCE_color~verticalIn January 2013, the Charleston Area Alliance began a journey with Bridgeport Equipment and Tool, as the company sought to grow their business in the Kanawha Valley.

Bridgeport Equipment & Tool began in 1995 and have seven successful locations. The Alliance began its work with the company by visiting their Marietta, Ohio location.

Once the Alliance staff had a grasp on the size of facility desired, along with other business needs, we identified and showed the company several sites throughout Kanawha County.

As with any site selection, the company narrowed their search to a few key locations and ultimately, as was reported in the Charleston Gazette earlier this week, they selected the former IGA grocery store site off the Davis Creek exit of Corridor G.

The site provides perfect visibility for the business. The company offers products like John Deere tractors, Stihl chain saws, footwear, clothing, mine gear and John Deere toys and collectibles. The company also offers a full line of equipment rentals.

Bridgeport Equipment & Tool operates stores in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.

“What struck me about the facility upon my first visit to their Marietta store was the variety of products offered,” said Matt Ballard, president and CEO of the Charleston Area Alliance.

“The equipment is there, but added to that, it’s a shop with boots, gear, trimmers, tillers, gun cabinets, chain saws, brush cutters, augers… you name it they have it. They even have equipment related toys for kids. You want a die cast tractor, they’ve got it.”

As the company narrowed their search, the Alliance was pleased to work with South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens, local real estate brokers, construction businesses and many others.

The Alliance is the economic development organization for the Kanawha Valley. We work to bring new businesses to the area, like Bridgeport Equipment and Tool, and to help businesses already in the Valley to sustain and expand.  The Alliance helps grow jobs, incent new capital investment, and diversify the tax base of our region.

The Alliance will continue to work with this company and many others to help them thrive and grow.

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Become a sponsor for the “Business Event of the Year”

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admin in Announcements,Events on January 20 2015 » 0 comments

Don’t miss a special FREE Business After Hours on Jan. 22

WVSO_color_no bugWest Virginia Symphony Orchestra Open House/Business After Hours
Thursday, Jan. 22
5-7 p.m.
Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences

The Charleston Area Alliance and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) will present the WVSO Open House 2015 at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 5-7 p.m.

The Open House is part of the Alliance’s popular Business After Hours event series held at member-venues in and around Charleston each month.

The Open House is the perfect opportunity to get to know the WVSO, the Alliance and network with other local business leaders.

The event will also give attendees an 30 minute inside look into the WVSO during a special rehearsal from 5:45-6:45 p.m.

The annual event is free to attend, but RSVP is required.

Click HERE to RSVP.

Business After Hours offer fantastic opportunities to meet the region’s leaders in a relaxed setting with food, drinks and entertainment.

Click HERE for more information on the Open House.

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admin in Announcements,Events on January 14 2015 » 0 comments

Member Market: Enroll now in WVU’s MBA program

Member Market:
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.

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admin in Announcements,Member Market on January 12 2015 » 0 comments

WVU president Gordon Gee to headline 2015 Annual Celebration

1386721690_sm2015 Charleston Area Alliance Annual Celebration
Tuesday, Feb. 17
West Virginia Culture Center

Register now for the “Business Event of the Year.”

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, the 2015 Charleston Area Alliance Annual Celebration will feature an inspiring and fast-paced program followed by a spectacular reception with live music – all in a beautiful setting showcasing the Mountain State’s future.

The event’s keynote speaker will be E. Gordon Gee, president of West Virginia University.

At the Annual Celebration, Gee will discuss local and global education challenges and opportunities, as well as current and future goals for WVU.

For a full bio of Gee, click HERE.

The West Virginia Culture Center will be the setting for this yearly celebration of the Alliance’s accomplishments.

Presented by title sponsor Jackson Kelly PLLC, the Annual Celebration will feature a formal program followed by a lively reception in the Culture Center’s stunning lobby.
The full schedule includes:   VIP Sponsor Reception (invitation only):   5:00-5:45 p.m.

Annual Celebration Program:  5:45-6:45 p.m.

Gala Reception:  6:45-7:45 p.m.

Check-in for VIPs begins at 4:30 p.m.

Regular check-in begins at 5 p.m.

Registration is $100 Alliance members/$150 future members. Prices increase to $200 Alliance members/$250 future members after Feb. 10 at 5 p.m.
Click here to register.

During the reception, patrons will be entertained by the musical stylings of The Pennington Project Band.

“The Annual Celebration, the Alliance’s largest event fundraiser of the year, is a must attend event,” said Alliance President/CEO Matt Ballard. “Attending allows you to join the more than 500 business and community leaders who will attend.

“In addition to President Gee’s keynote, the Alliance will provide a short presentation on the progress and future of our work and our 20 year economic plan, Vision 2030. If you want to know what is going on in your community and you want to network with the top business leaders in the region, you won’t miss this event,” said Ballard.

Sponsorships, which include an extensive package of recognition opportunities, also are available. For sponsorship information, contact Jeri Adkins, JAdkins@charlestonareaalliance.org.

We are unable to invoice for groups with fewer than 10 or issue refunds for cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to the event. Thank you. If you are unable to view this e-mail, please view it at www.AllianceBlog.org.

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admin in Announcements,Events,In the News on January 07 2015 » 0 comments

Member Market: The need is greater than ever before

Member Market:
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.

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admin in Member Market on January 05 2015 » 0 comments