Chamber News


Cole, Armstead to headline ‘Issues & Eggs’ on Jan. 14

Issues & Eggs Wednesday, Jan. 14 8:00-9:15 a.m. – Program Charleston Marriott Town Center Check-in will open at 7:30 a.m. Senate President Bill Cole, House Speaker Tim Armstead and other top West Virginia policymakers will preview the 2015 legislative session at “Issues & Eggs,” West Virginia’s original and largest legislative breakfast on Jan. 14. More than 400 delegates, senators and business leaders are expected for the event, which will be held at the Charleston Marriott Town Center. Join the Charleston Chamber in its more than 50-year tradition of bringing lawmakers and business and community leaders face-to-face to discuss the issues that will shape our state’s future. “The event presents an excellent opportunity for you to hear directly from your representatives on the issues that matter to you and your business,” said Matt Ballard, president and CEO. “Issues & Eggs typically draws a sold-out crowd and is one of our most anticipated and popular events of the year.” The event will feature a preview of the...Read More >

West Virginia’s original legislative breakfast returns Jan. 14

Issues & Eggs Wednesday, Jan. 14 8:00-9:15 a.m. – Program Charleston Marriott Town Center Check-in will open at 7:30 a.m. Save the date for Jan. 14 for the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Issues & Eggs.” More than 400 delegates, senators and business leaders are expected for West Virginia’s original and largest legislative breakfast, which will be held at the Charleston Marriott Town Center. Join the Charleston Chamber in its more than 50-year tradition of bringing lawmakers and business and community leaders face-to-face to discuss the issues that will shape our state’s future. “The event presents an excellent opportunity for you to hear directly from your representatives on the issues that matter to you and your business,” said Matt Ballard, president and CEO. “Issues & Eggs typically draws a sold-out crowd and is one of our most anticipated and popular events of the year.” The event will feature a preview of the Chamber’s 2015 legislative agenda, remarks by key state leaders and a Q&A session....Read More >

Kessler and Miley to headline ‘Issues & Eggs’ on Jan. 8

Issues & Eggs Wednesday, Jan. 8 8:00-9:15 a.m. – Program Charleston Marriott Town Center Check-in will open at 7:30 a.m. Senate President Jeff Kessler, House Speaker Tim Miley and other top West Virginia policymakers will preview the 2014 legislative session at the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Issues & Eggs” on Jan. 8. Join more than 400 senators, delegates and business leaders for West Virginia’s original and largest legislative breakfast, which will be held at the Charleston Marriott Town Center. Be a part of the Charleston Chamber’s 50-plus year tradition of bringing lawmakers, business and community leaders face-to-face to discuss the issues that will shape our state’s future. “The event presents an excellent opportunity for you to hear directly from your representatives on the issues that matter to you and your business,” said Matt Ballard, president and CEO. “Issues & Eggs typically draws a sold-out crowd and is one of our most anticipated and popular events of the year.” The event will feature a preview of the...Read More >

West Virginia’s original legislative breakfast returns Jan. 8

Issues & Eggs Wednesday, Jan. 8 8:00-9:15 a.m. – Program Charleston Marriott Town Center Check-in will open at 7:30 a.m. Save the date for Jan. 8 for the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Issues & Eggs.” More than 400 delegates, senators and business leaders are expected for West Virginia’s original and largest legislative breakfast, which will be held at the Charleston Marriott Town Center. Join the Charleston Chamber in its more than 50-year tradition of bringing lawmakers and business and community leaders face-to-face to discuss the issues that will shape our state’s future. “The event presents an excellent opportunity for you to hear directly from your representatives on the issues that matter to you and your business,” said Matt Ballard, president and CEO. “Issues & Eggs typically draws a sold-out crowd and is one of our most anticipated and popular events of the year.” The event will feature a preview of the Chamber’s 2014 legislative agenda, remarks by key state leaders and...Read More >

‘Issues & Eggs’ early bird registration ends Feb. 6.

Issues & Eggs Wednesday, Feb. 13 8:00-9:15 a.m. – Program Charleston Marriott Town Center Check-in will open at 7:30 a.m. Register now and take advantage of the early bird registration rates for “Issues & Eggs.” Senate President Jeff Kessler, House Speaker Rick Thompson and other top West Virginia policymakers will preview the 2013 legislative session at the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual event on Feb. 13. More than 400 delegates, senators and business leaders are expected for West Virginia’s original and largest legislative breakfast, which will be held at the Charleston Marriott Town Center. Join the Charleston Chamber in its more than 50-year tradition of bringing lawmakers and business and community leaders face-to-face to discuss the issues that will shape our state’s future. Check-in will open at 7:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 8 a.m. Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for future members. Prices increase to $45 and $55 after Wednesday, Feb. 6. Click here...Read More >

Kessler and Thompson to headline Issues & Eggs on Feb. 13

Issues & Eggs Wednesday, Feb. 13 8:00-9:15 a.m. – Program Charleston Marriott Town Center Check-in will open at 7:30 a.m. Senate President Jeff Kessler, House Speaker Rick Thompson and other top West Virginia policymakers will preview the 2013 legislative session at the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce annual “Issues & Eggs” on Feb. 13. More than 400 delegates, senators and business leaders are expected for West Virginia’s original and largest legislative breakfast, which will be held at the Charleston Marriott Town Center. Join the Charleston Chamber in its more than 50-year tradition of bringing lawmakers and business and community leaders face-to-face to discuss the issues that will shape our state’s future. “The event presents an excellent opportunity for you to hear directly from your representatives on the issues that matter to you and your business,” said Chamber Chairman Mike Basile. “Issues & Eggs typically draws a sold-out crowd and is one of our most anticipated and popular events of the...Read More >

Charleston Chamber calls for measures promoting education, innovation at Issues & Eggs

Nearly 300 legislators and business leaders from across the state were on hand this morning as the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce called for legislation to attract and retain young professionals and promote innovation. The measures were previewed at the Chamber’s annual “Issues & Eggs” legislative breakfast at the Charleston Marriott Town Center. The fast-paced event included a feature address by Senate President Jeffrey Kessler and a lively Q&A moderated by State Journal Managing Editor Beth Gorczyca Ryan. In his remarks, Kessler forecasted a “steady as she goes” 2012 legislative session, noting the state’s fiscal stability and continued progress in addressing major issues including OPEB and Marcellus Shale drilling. Chamber Chairman Mike Basile and President Matt Ballard outlined the organization’s two key proposals for building on that momentum. The first, Brains for Business, is a measure to encourage higher education graduation rates and attract and retain young people in West Virginia. Under the proposal, new graduates of all ages will...Read More >

Advance registration ends noon tomorrow for Issues & Eggs

Issues & Eggs Wednesday, Jan. 11 8-9:15 a.m. – Program Charleston Marriott Town Center Advance registration ends at noon tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 10, for the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce annual Issues & Eggs. More than 400 delegates, senators and business leaders are expected for West Virginia’s original and largest legislative breakfast, to be held at the Charleston Marriott Town Center this Wednesday Jan. 11. Senate President Jeff Kessler and other top West Virginia policymakers will preview the 2012 legislative session. Other state public officials in attendance will be: (Confirmed as of Jan. 9) Delegate Tim Armstead, Kanawha Senator Clark Barnes, Randolph Senator Robert Beach, Monongalia Delegate Bonnie Brown, Kanawha Senator Richard Browning, Wyoming Senator John Pat Fanning, McDowell Delegate Ryan Ferns, Ohio Delegate Michael Ferro, Marshall Senator Dan Foster, Kanawha Delegate Orphy Klempa, Ohio Senator Brooks McCabe,  Kanawha Delegate Tim Miley, Harrison Delegate Jim Morgan, Cabell Delegate Eric Nelson, Kanawha Senator Corey Palumbo, Kanawha Delegate Amanda Pasdon, Monongalia Delegate...Read More >

Kessler among legislators featured at Issues & Eggs (TIME CLARIFICATION)

Issues & Eggs Wednesday, Jan. 11 8-9:15 a.m. – Program Charleston Marriott Town Center Senate President Jeff Kessler and other top West Virginia policymakers will preview the 2012 legislative session at the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce annual “Issues & Eggs” on Jan. 11. More than 400 delegates, senators and business leaders are expected for West Virginia’s original and largest legislative breakfast, to be held at the Charleston Marriott Town Center Join the Charleston Chamber in its more than 50-year tradition of bringing lawmakers and business and community leaders face to face to discuss the issues that will shape our state’s future. “The event presents an excellent opportunity for you to hear directly from your representatives on the issues that matter to you and your business,” said Matt Ballard, president and CEO. “Issues & Eggs typically draws a sold-out crowd and is one of our most anticipated and popular events of the year.” The event will feature a preview of...Read More >

Charleston Chamber continues to lead on state tax reduction

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce has been on the ground floor of tax reduction, working diligently to make the state more attractive to businesses. On Jan. 1, the state’s corporate net income tax rate decreased from 8.5 percent to 7.75 percent. In 2013, it will continue its descent to 7 percent. By 2014, that rate will tumble to 6.5 percent. In addition, the state also continues to phase out its business franchise tax, which will be completely eliminated in 2015. The tax decreased from 0.034 percent to 0.027 percent on Jan. 1. It was 2007 when the Charleston Chamber worked closely with then Gov. Joe Manchin and his “Tax Modernization Project” to reduce the state’s business franchise tax and corporate net income tax. It was a pivotal year. The administration of current Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has continued to mold policy that has produced the strong fiscal state that West Virginia presently enjoys. As the next legislative season approaches,...Read More >