Chamber News


Feb. 22 Legislative Update

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce is the largest regional Chamber of Commerce in West Virginia.  We represent over 600 businesses and their 40,000 employees.  Your Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to represent our members during this legislative session. The Charleston Regional Chamber would like to call your attention to two pieces of legislation which we believe will have a positive economic impact: HB 2688 – Natural Gas Pooling    The Legislature can help grow the state’s economy, create good paying West Virginia jobs, boost local tax revenues and usher in a new era of manufacturing by expanding the state’s pooling statute to include ‘shallow’ horizontal wells.  West Virginia’s lack of pooling laws for shallow wells places West Virginia’s gas industry at a competitive disadvantage.  The absence of a fair pooling statute, particularly at this time of worldwide oil and gas market instability, risks valuable opportunities for landowners, businesses and the State. SB 42 – “Sunday Brunch” This...Read More >

Follow the Charleston Chamber for all your legislative news

The 2015 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature is in full swing and the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to represent our members at the State Capitol. For all the latest issues that the Charleston Chamber is monitoring, please make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Click HERE for our Facebook page. Click HERE for our Twitter page. As of this morning, the state Senate has introduced 255 bills and the House of Delegates has introduced 162. To check out the status of these bills, click HERE and HERE. The Charleston Chamber will continue to work with our legislative leaders on policies that will support job creation and build stronger communities in coming weeks, and keep members informed of critical issues that will impact our future.

Don’t forget to vote tomorrow

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce endorses the following for Tuesday’s Primary Election: Safety Levy Vote “FOR” the Safety Levy U.S. Senate Shelley Moore Capito (R) Natalie Tennant (D) US Congress 2nd Congressional District Nick Casey (D) Ron Walters Jr. (R) WV Senate 8th District Erik Wells (D) WV Senate 17th District Doug Skaff Jr. (D) WV House of Delegates 35th District Andrew Byrd (D) Bret Nida (D) John McCuskey (R) Eric Nelson (R) Chris Stansbury (R) WV House of Delegates 36th District Mark Hunt (D) WV House of Delegates 37th District Mike Pushkin (D) WV House of Delegates 38th District Patrick Lane (R) WV House of Delegates 39th District Ron Walters (R) WV House of Delegates 40th District Tim Armstead (R) Kanawha County Board of Education Ryan White The Chamber interviewed candidates for the Board of Education and believes there are   several credible candidates on the ballot. We encourage our membership to explore those candidates. In making this endorsement, the Chamber intends to...Read More >

Don’t forget to vote today

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce supports the passage of the Kanawha County Safety Levy. A vote on May 13for the safety levy will continue the levy first passed by the citizens of Kanawha County in 1973. This levy is NOT a tax increase. It will only continue the current levy we have in place to support ambulance services, public transit, police services, and fire services. Failure of the levy isn’t an option. It would result in a loss in automatic response for vehicle accidents, reduced service in rural areas, a decrease in bus service and transportation for the disabled and a longer response time for 911 calls. Our public transportation system, KRT, is used by many to ride to and from work every day. The ambulance, police and fire forces are filled with men and women who make it their duty to protect our friends and families. They are there for us 365 days a year. For just one...Read More >

‘Project Launchpad’ vetoed

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce works diligently to create and advocate for public policy that solves the challenges of our great state. While disappointed in the veto of “Project Launchpad” (House Bill 4343), we will continue to strive to work on non-partisan public policy that creates jobs, strengthens our tax base through economic diversity and new investment and improves our workforce. The “Project Launchpad” legislation was an opportunity to advance West Virginia’s economy. It focused on attracting and expanding technologically advanced jobs and industries, with an emphasis on new technologies in bioinformatics, nanotechnology and other “high tech” industries. The Charleston Chamber looks forward to working with all of our legislators in the next session to continue to address our challenges and maximize our opportunities.

Charleston Chamber supports the Kanawha County Safety Levy

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce supports the passage of the Kanawha County Safety Levy. A vote for the safety levy will continue the levy first passed by the citizens of Kanawha County in 1973. This levy is NOT a tax increase. It will only continue the current levy we have in place to support ambulance services, public transit, police services, and fire services. Failure of the levy isn’t an option. It would result in a loss in automatic response for vehicle accidents, reduced service in rural areas, a decrease in bus service and transportation for the disabled and a longer response time for 911 calls. Our public transportation system, KRT, is used by many to ride to and from work every day. The ambulance, police and fire forces are filled with men and women who make it their duty to protect our friends and families. They are there for us 365 days a year. For just one day — May 13 — they’ll...Read More >

Charleston Chamber says goodbye to 2014 legislative session

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have represented our members throughout the 2014 legislative session. There were 1876 bills introduced during the session and 200 bills  completed the legislative process (105 House bills, 95 Senate bills). Here is a review of some of the key legislative outcomes from the session: Project Launchpad Pushed by the Charleston Chamber and Vision Shared, this job creation legislation passed and is on its way to the Governor for his signature. The legislation focuses on creating jobs in high tech industries, many of which currently do not exist or minimally exist in the current economy in West Virginia. The legislation encourages creating   economic “clusters” or geographic concentrations of companies, specialized suppliers, service providers and associated institutions in a particular field that are present in specific region. The legislation also encourages businesses within a “Project Launchpad” zone to have a student loan debt repayment policy for their employees. Minimum Wage The Legislature passed a modest...Read More >

Legislature agrees to launch the WV economy forward

Last Saturday, “Project Launchpad,” a marquee piece of legislation for the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce and partner Vision Shared, passed both the House and the Senate. It will now go to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for his signature. “Project Launchpad” focuses on job creation in the state. It will attract new businesses and create high-value jobs for our families now and into the future. The Charleston Chamber and Vision Shared, which is a nonprofit community and economic development organization, have worked to craft and improve this legislation for three years. In that time, “Project Launchpad” has been championed by many individuals and organizations. The economy of the past that West Virginia has relied upon for employment, business activity, taxes and development is rapidly shrinking. Our state needs to position itself for better economic development and more job creation. “Project Launchpad” will produce geographic clusters that will create high paying jobs, new capital investment and a new and diversified tax base. The legislation allows a county...Read More >

Charleston Chamber, Alliance partnering for clean water future

On January 9, a chemical leak at Freedom Industries disrupted the lives of 300,000 of our neighbors, including our 600 members, representing 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. In recent weeks, the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce has closely monitored the situation and has been engaged with work underway to prevent future incidents. These efforts include legislative activity, including Senate Bill 373, which aims to improve regulations for prevention and earlier detection. 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 Chamber, along with several regional partners, is working to create a center of innovation for water cleanliness and...Read More >

Charleston Chamber board of directors elects 2014 officers

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is proud to announce its elected officers for the 2014 calendar year. The following individuals were elected by the Chamber board on Jan. 31: Chairman: Michael Basile, Spilman Thomas & Battle Vice Chair: Diana Sole Walko, MotionMasters Treasurer: Mark Bias, BB&T Secretary: Chip Shaffer, Shaffer & Shaffer The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2014 are: Maribeth Anderson, Chesapeake Energy Patrick A. Bond, Mountaineer Capital Gregory A. Burton, BrickStreet Insurance John T. Copenhaver, JP Morgan Chase Stephen P. Dexter, Thomas Memorial Hospital Greg Elliot, AMFM, Inc. Terrell Ellis, Terrell Ellis & Associates, Inc. Georgette George, Monarch Holdings Lois A. Gillenwater, Pray Construction Julie Gurtis, United Bank Steven Hedrick, MATRIC Dr. Brian Hemphill, West Virginia State University Virginia L. King, Kanawha Stone Charles Loeb, Jackson Kelly Tyler London, Dow Chemical Co. Jeff McIntyre, West Virginia American Water Maureen O’ Toole,  ImageServ Robert Pepper, NGK Spark Plugs (USA), Inc. Thomas S. Provost, Kureha PGA LLC Jack Rossi, Arnett Foster Toothman Steven M. Rubin, Blue Creek Gas Company Norman...Read More >