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Ballard Discusses Marcellus Shale Regulations

Marcellus Shale Continues to Grow in West Virginia


Listen to the MP3 of Matthew Ballard, President of the Charleston Area Alliance discussing the Marcellus Shale and the WV Legislature’s role in regulation of the industry.  Radio recording took place in Sept 2011.


 Ballard Addresses Marcellus Regulations MP3

The Charleston Area Alliance is one of several key organization working to bring an ethane cracking facility to West Virginia to keep the value of the Marcellus Shale in the state through the downstream developments that are derived from the ethane content of the Marcellus Shale.


admin in Uncategorized on December 07 2011 » 0 comments

It’s ‘Fat Thursday’ as Business After Hours hits Mardi Gras Casino and Resort

Business After Hours
Thursday, Nov. 17
5 – 7 p.m.
Mardi Gras Casino & Resort

Sign up today for the Mardi Gras Casino & Resort Business After Hours, which will be held Thursday, Nov. 17.

The event will take place at the Big Easy Lounge, which is located near the poker area.

The event will feature plenty of food, drinks and light music. Guests will also get a small gift from the casino in appreciation for their attendance.

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

Register here

It’s a great opportunity to network and meet new people in the community.
The cost is $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members.

Online advance registration ends Nov. 17 at noon. Prices at the door are $25 for Alliance members and $35 for future members.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information.

The Alliance cannot issue cancellation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.

Note: When signing up and paying for an event on our website, you do not have to re-enter your credit card information every time. Just sign in with your PayPal account. It’s a time-saver and a way to avoid registration errors due to typing incorrect credit card information. Thanks!

admin in Announcements,Uncategorized on November 11 2011 » 0 comments

Say YES to jobs for the Kanawha Valley. Sign our cracker open letter.

Your assistance is needed to help the Kanawha Valley seize the unparalleled opportunities presented by development of the Marcellus Shale.

Development of this massive natural gas reserve has the potential to transform West Virginia and our region. Among the most exciting prospects is the possibility of locating an ethane “cracking” facility (cracker) in the Kanawha Valley.

The cracker would process the ethane extracted from the Marcellus Shale into ethylene, the building block for many of the world’s chemical products. The cracker would bring billions in capital investments, create hundreds of direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs, and spark a renaissance of the area’s pre-eminence in the chemical industry.

The Charleston Area Alliance, along with strategic partners including the Chemical Alliance Zone, Bayer, the WV Oil and Natural Gas Association, the Kanawha County Commission and other governmental partners, has spearheaded a strong effort to showcase our region’s exceptional assets and capabilities to businesses considering locations for construction of a cracker.

Our outreach has been underway for more than a year. As interested companies continue their decision making  and due diligence processes, they weigh the level of community support for a cracker project.

If you would like to help send a message loud and clear that the Kanawha Valley is open for business and welcomes the possibility of a cracker, please add your name to an open letter in support of a cracker by clicking here.   

After signing the open letter, you will have the option of allowing the Alliance to use your name, title and company name in communication efforts supporting recruitment of a cracker (such as advertisements, news releases, social media messages, e-blasts, etc.).

We will only use your name and/or title, company name, attached to this content related to attracting a cracking facility. Thank you for helping us take a “crack” at bright new future and for your support of the Charleston Area Alliance!



Member Market: Frontier now offering deals on phone and internet service

This “Member Market” is a paid announcement sent by the Alliance on behalf of a member to business and community leaders and young professionals.

admin in Member Market,Uncategorized on October 18 2011 » 0 comments

Join us Thursday for Downtown ArtWalk and learn about Vision 2030

Downtown ArtWalk
Thursday, Oct. 20
5-8 p.m.

Join us this Thursday for a downtown stroll at ArtWalk. This month, ArtWalk will feature works inspired by Vision 2030, along with unique pieces from various downtown galleries.

Spearheaded by the Charleston Area Alliance, Vision 2030 is a blue ribbon panel of business and community leaders that is creating a 20-year plan for creating jobs and strengthening the economy of the Kanawha Valley.

At ArtWalk, visitors will find Vision 2030 activities including:

• Commissioned artwork by local artists in ‘Gallery Alley’ (located near the SubShop at 807 Quarrier St.)
• Sidewalk chalk art completed by Charleston Catholic art students.
• Inspired puzzle creation at the Lee Street Triangle. All artwalkers can create their inspired image of the future of the Kanawha Valley on ‘life-size’ puzzle pieces.

ArtWalk will also feature its usual array of art from downtown galleries including:

April Waltz at Art Emporium

The Art Emporium is featuring Wheeling, WV artist April Waltz in “April Waltz Does the Charleston: Choreography in Color.”

April strives to create works that are playful in their composition while being stimulating and surprising in color. She is an abstractionist at heart, and her sweeping flow, simple geometry, and rich solid colors are the building blocks that offer infinite possibilities.

This exhibit will run through Nov. 12.

Objects, Artifacts & Found Art featured at The Purple Moon

The Purple Moon will be featuring the glory of found objects, artifacts and art. Coinciding with the retro gallery’s new line of vintage industrial furniture and home accessories, The Purple Moon will present a unique collection of 20th Century found objects, many not originally intended as art.

Vintage signs, toys, tools and other artifacts have excellent design and beauty and The Purple Moon transforms these into art in this unusual exhibit.

Charleston Camera Club Showing at Romano and Associates

Members of the Charleston Camera Club will be exhibiting selected photographs in the offices of Romano and Associates at 230 Capitol Street, in Suite 200.

The Charleston Camera Club is a non-profit club with Members from various locations in southern West Virginia. The Club provides an informal and friendly environment for photographers of all skill levels since 1956.

The Club offers educational meetings, friendly competitions, exhibitions and opportunities to photograph nature and special events as a method to expand the knowledge and experience of the Members.

Artwalk Portrait Party at White Oak Photography

White Oak Photography is holding an Artwalk Portrait Party from 5–8 p.m. at the studio located at 107 Hale Street, Suite 100.

Come on over for the harrowing fright, that White Oak is brewing on ArtWalk night!

Come in costume or as yourself. In honor of the season, we will be taking portraits for a small fee of $5. Half of all proceeds will be donated in support of Covenant House. Live music provided by Duo Divertido.

The Charleston Ballet at 100 Capitol Street

Come by and join us for an open house at the Charleston Ballet and the American Academy of Ballet. Watch the dancers prepare for the upcoming presentation of “The Nutcracker.” Refreshments will be served. Please take the elevator on your right to Mezzanine from the lobby of the Security Building.

Allied Artists Join Artwalk @ 405 Capitol

Allied Artists of West Virginia will join the ArtWalk beginning in October showing at 405 Capitol Street. Allied Artists of West Virginia is a nonprofit, educational, and cultural association whose mission is to encourage, nurture and present the work of West Virginia artists to the community.

Photographs by Finley Taylor at Good News Mountaineer Garage

Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery will feature, “100 Years of Location Photography in Appalachia” featuring black and white photographs of Finley Taylor, Jim Comstock’s News Leader and Mark Romano.

Stray Dog Antiques Anniversary

Stray Dog Antiques is celebrating it’s four year anniversary this month, and to thank our customers we are offering a 20 percent discount on items $20 or more. We also have a wide variety of vintage clothing for those last minute Halloween Costume Shoppers!

Book Signing and Music Showcase: Brad and Brian Diller at Taylor Books

Taylor Books is proud to host brothers Brad and Brian Diller. Brad is a cartoonist who has just published a new book “The Neighbors Have Two Flamingos.” While he signs copies, his brother Brian will treat the crowd to live music.

admin in Downtown ArtWalk,Uncategorized on October 18 2011 » 0 comments

Sign up now for the National Energy Technology Laboratory Business Opportunity Session Nov. 14 in Charleston


Reserve your spot today for the upcoming Business Opportunity Session sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory and Teaming to Win.

This one-day session will be held on November 14, 2011, in Charleston, West Virginia, at the Charleston Civic Center. Participants will hear from Federal and State leaders, and learn about resources and opportunities specifically targeted for small businesses. Federal buyers and prime contractors will be available in the afternoon for one-on-one meetings, which provides an excellent opportunity for small businesses to market their products and services.

Other Pertinent Information:

*Registration is now open for the event. Please go to
http://www.netl.doe.gov/events/11conferences/sbs/index.html register and select your lunch preference. There is no charge to attend the event.

*Directions to the Charleston Civic Center are available on the Civic Center’s website at:

*The Charleston Marriott Town Center is holding a block of rooms for this event at the rate of $95.00 plus 12% tax until Monday, October 24, 2011. You can make your reservations on line by clicking on the following link:


Or by calling the hotel directly at (304) 345-6500. Reference “the U.S. Department of Energy” to obtain the group rate or use the group code UDD.

***For agenda updates and additional information, visit NETL’s “Business Opportunity Session” website at

admin in Uncategorized on October 07 2011 » 0 comments

Member Market: Earn Your Graduate Degree From UC in 14 Months!

This “Member Market” is a paid announcement sent by the Alliance on behalf of a member to business and community leaders and young professionals. To promote your business or service through Member Market, email mthompson@charlestonareaalliance.org.

admin in Uncategorized on October 03 2011 » 0 comments

Member Market: Tickets on sale now for 2011-2012 Community Music Association performance season.

TSG Consulting presents this year’s Community Music Association’s performance season. Season tickets are on sale now!!

Call 304-744-1400 to purchase tickets or get more information.

2011-2012 This Magic Moment Performance Season


October 9, 2011 – Jay & the Americans
Elected into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002, Jay and the Americans will highlight their twelve Top 10 recordings including “This Magic Moment,” “Cara Mia,” “Only  in America,” “Come a Little Closer,” and many others.

November 6, 2011 – Simply Sinatra starring Steve Lippa and his Big Band
Steve Lippia has toured the world singing in the Sinatra mold. Audiences and critics alike are amazed when they hear him and unanimous in their praise. You, too, will be amazed and delighted when you hear Steve sing the classics of Ol’ Blue Eyes.

January 29. 2012 – Southern Fried Jazz Band
The Southern Fried Jazz Band returns after too long of an absence with a superb array of Dixieland and blues, played the way they are meant to be played.  For kids and grown-ups alike, each performance of the Southern Fried Jazz Band evolves into an experience to be remembered long after it has left the stage.

March 4, 2012 – Elisabeth von Trapp
The Boston Globe states, “Before the concert is over, she will have the audience gasping with the sheer beauty of her voice.” Von Trapp is the granddaughter of legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music. Elisabeth is carrying on the von Trapp legend with her own artistic style that is ethereal and earthy, delicate and powerful.  No one leaves a von Trapp performance unchanged; audiences of all ages are awed by the beauty of her voice and musical arrangements.

April 14, 2012 – The Duttons
Direct from Branson, Missouri, the Duttons provide a true family show, performing a wide variety of music from classics to country, pops to rock and much more. The Duttons were top ten finalists on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” and have been their own theater show in Branson.

All performances are at the Municipal Auditorium at 3 p.m.  Free parking is available at the CASCI lot on a first-come-first-served basis.  Call 304-744-1400 for tickets.

Season Ticket Prices Are:
$90 for adults
$10 for youths under 18
$30 for full-time college students

Individual Show Ticket Prices Are:
$35 for adults
$5 for youths under 18
$10 for full-time college students

This “Member Market” is a paid announcement sent by the Alliance on behalf of a member to business and community leaders and young professionals. To promote your business or service through Member Market, email mthompson@charlestonareaalliance.org.

admin in Uncategorized on September 26 2011 » 0 comments

Expand your knowledge of Microsoft Office software. Sign up for DigiTools Training.

Wednesday, Oct. 5 and 12
Charleston Area Alliance
1116 Smith St.
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 Software including Access, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, and Word.

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.

The classes will be held on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Charleston Area Alliance offices on 1116 Smith Street. The first session is Oct. 5 and 12 and it’s on Microsoft Access. Access is a database management system that is used in a variety of job fields.

Register Here

Tools that will be learned include:

• reviewing basic database concepts
• creating and manage tables
• quering the database
• designing simple forms
• creating and modifing simple report

And much more!

The classes are only open to the first 13 individuials who sign up. The cost is $60 for Alliance members and $90 for future Alliance members.

Future sessions in PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, and Word will be available for registration in the coming weeks.

For more information, contact Matthew Thompson at mthompson@charlestonareaalliance.org or at 304-340-4253.

admin in Uncategorized on September 23 2011 » 0 comments

Member Market: Faster medical insurance quotes for employers. Deacon & Deacon now offers Form Fire

Employee Benefits/Group Health Insurance renewal season is coming up for many companies. Is your company and its employees tired of filling out paper medical forms in order to get quotes for your medical insurance year after year? Are you looking for a faster, more secure experience?

We have the answer. We have a solution that allows your employees to complete a digital version of the universal medical appraisal form that each employee must fill out each year to get quotes for benefit plans. This is a safer, more secure, and faster way to get quotes from all major carriers. Once your company decides on a plan, this software will allow for electronic applications, so you and your employees will not have to waste time filling out paper forms ever again.

Email us today at info@deaconanddeacon.com to learn what our clients are already experiencing with Form Fire. Deacon & Deacon Insurance Agency is a locally owned, independent agency offering employee benefits, group health insurance, disability insurance, life insurance, long term care insurance, voluntary benefit programs, dental/vision, HRA’s/HSA’s/FSA’s, self-funded and partially self-funded plans, and more.

Visit us on the web at www.deaconanddeacon.com or call (304) 720-5641.


This “Member Market” is a paid announcement sent by the Alliance on behalf of a member to business and community leaders and young professionals. To promote your business or service through Member Market, email mthompson@charlestonareaalliance.org.




admin in Uncategorized on September 19 2011 » 0 comments