Project Launchpad titleA Message from Chamber President Matt Ballard

With only four days remaining in the 2014 legislature session, the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce needs your help with an important piece of legislation.

Project Launchpad (House Bill 4343) will be an important contributor to the future of West Virginia’s economy.

The bill, which is currently up in the West Virginia Senate, 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 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” would create high paying jobs, new capital investment and a diversified tax base. The legislation allows for modest tax benefits for employers who have student loan debt service plans as part of their personnel policies.

This element of the bill will help recruit and retain new talent. It will also bring back many talented young people that we have lost to the “greener pastures” of better paying jobs in other states.

Last week, “Project Launchpad” passed the House of Delegates. Now it’s up to the Senate to move this bill forward.

We are so close to getting this bill passed, but we still need your help.

We encourage everyone that cares about creating a brighter future for our state to contact the Senate Finance Committee and Senate President Jeff Kessler today and ask them to vote “YES” on House Bill 4343.

To show your support on social media, use the hashtag #PassLaunchpad.

West Virginia doesn’t have to be on the losing end of the new high tech economy. We don’t have to accept losing our talented young professionals
to other states.

It is paramount to the future of our children and grandchildren that “Project Launchpad” pass the Senate in the next 48 hours.

Exercise your voice to help make this positive change for West Virginia.



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