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SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) moves into an exciting new chapter this Saturday with the creation of a second microfarm on Charleston’s West Side.
A Charleston Area Alliance program, SAGE is a multipronged economic development initiative with the goal of training and developing prospective urban agriculture entrepreneurs, or “agripreneurs.”
Participants in the program receive education and training in farming and business practices that are both economically and environmentally sustainable.
This Saturday, SAGE graduates will lead the design, build-out and production of a new microfarm. The space will increase the commercial production for SAGE graduates to continue building the local food supply.
SAGE aims to create economic opportunities and jobs for participants, while minimizing impact to the environment through sustainable agriculture practices and improving access to healthier food options.
We invite you, community partners and volunteers, to once again be part of the development of this second MicroFarm through hands-on involvement.
The build-out will occur this Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Please email Cullen at email@example.com regarding your commitment to volunteer and time increment you wish to do so. Upon arrival, you will be assigned a work team.
Millie Marshall, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. will discuss what drives the manufacturing and auto industry and opportunities for women at the next Elevations luncheon on Friday, March 21 at Edgewood Country Club.
The event opens at 11:45 a.m. with informal networking followed by seated luncheon and address by Marshall at noon.
Reservations for this special event are $30 Alliance members/$40 future members through this Friday, March 14.
Prices increase to $50 Alliance members/$60 future members after that date.
Reserved sponsor tables of eight are available for $500. Please contact JoEllen Zacks for more information.
Marshall joined Toyota in 1991 at the company’s vehicle and engine assembly plant in Georgetown, Ky. In 2003, she was promoted to general manager of administration at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc., in Huntsville. She oversaw human resources, corporate affairs and accounting and finance.
She was appointed senior vice president of manufacturing at Toyota’s West Virginia plant in 2012. Prior to that role, she served as vice president of human resources from 2009-12 at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. located in Erlanger, Ky.
Marshall was named president in December 2013.
The Elevations Professional Women’s Network is presented by the Charleston Area Alliance and Title Sponsor DOW.
The Charleston Area Alliance will host its seventh annual We Love Our Community Awards program on Tuesday, March 18.
The event will recognize 13 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 event is free to attend.
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. at the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council building at 321 Virginia Street West
For more information, contact Susie Salisbury at SSalisbury@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org.
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.
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.
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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.