Chamber News


Registration open for Issues & Eggs 2019

Registration is now open for the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Issues & Eggs Legislative Breakfast at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 at the Charleston Marriott, presented with title sponsorship from West Virginia American Water. For more than 50 years, Issues & Eggs has served as an enriching kickoff for the legislative session and shines a spotlight on policies that promote Kanawha County business and advance economic development and growth throughout the state. Hear directly from representatives on issues that matter to your business. More than 400 business and community leaders are expected to attend. Register today at LINK and secure the $50 registration price. Prices increase after January 4. Learn about sponsorship opportunities HERE. ###

Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce announces additional candidate endorsements for 2018 general election, endorses library levy

  The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce today announced a second round of candidate endorsements for the 2018 general election, as well as its endorsement of the Kanawha County Public Library levy. The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce endorses candidates who: display leadership to move West Virginia and its citizens forward; advocate policies that create good paying jobs for our region and state; strive to improve the quality of life for our citizens; support the consolidation of government services, and metro-government; deliver responsible tax reduction when fiscally prudent; and work to keep our hard-working and educated youth in West Virginia. “By endorsing a candidate, the Charleston Chamber believes that he or she will be a strong and effective partner on policies to advance Kanawha County and West Virginia. It does not mean that we agree with or endorse every position held by the candidate,” said Chamber President Matthew Ballard. “We will pursue constructive dialogue with all candidates – those we...Read More >

Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce announces first round of candidate endorsements for 2018 general election, endorses school levy

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce today announced its first round of candidate endorsements for the 2018 general election, as well as its endorsement of the school excess levy. The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce endorses candidates who: display leadership to move West Virginia and its citizens forward; advocate policies that create good paying jobs for our region and state; strive to improve the quality of life for our citizens; support the consolidation of government services, and metro-government; deliver responsible tax reduction when fiscally prudent; and work to keep our hard-working and educated youth in West Virginia. “By endorsing a candidate, the Charleston Chamber believes that he or she will be a strong and effective partner on policies to advance Kanawha County and West Virginia. It does not mean that we agree with or endorse every position held by the candidate,” said Chamber President Matthew Ballard. “We will pursue constructive dialogue with all candidates – those we endorsed and those...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 >

Charleston Chamber supports passage of library levy

On November 4, 2014 (General Election Day), there will be a question on the ballot asking Kanawha County voters to approve or reject a new levy, which will provide funding for the continued operation of the Kanawha County Library System. A simple majority (50.1 percent) of the votes cast must approve the levy in order for it to take effect. The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the levy and encourages Kanawha County voters to vote Yes on Nov. 4. Provided is some information that helps to explain why the levy is on the ballot. Q: WHAT IS THE PUBLIC LIBRARY LEVY ELECTION? Voters are being asked to restore funding for the Kanawha County Public Library (KCPL) system. If approved, the levy will provide funds for the next five years to support the Kanawha County public libraries.  Specifically, passage of the levy would restore $2.9 million of KCPL annual operation and staffing funds lost after a 2013 ruling by the...Read More >

Charleston Chamber releases general election endorsements

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce has released its endorsements for the Nov. 4 general election. “The Charleston Regional of Chamber of Commerce speaks out for the policies and reforms that create jobs, enhance our community and invest in people,” said Chamber Chairman Mike Basile. “Central to our mission is endorsing candidates who share our vision for economic growth and opportunity for the citizens of the Kanawha Valley and West Virginia.” In considering endorsements, the Chamber seeks to identify candidates who: advocate policies that create high value jobs for West Virginia; strive to improve the quality of life for our citizens; work with the Chamber on economic development public policy; and work to attract and keep young people to West Virginia. As part of the endorsement process, the Chamber also considers a candidate’s effectiveness as a political, business or community leader, and whether he or she is accessible and receptive to the Chamber and the views of the local business community. The Charleston Regional Chamber of...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 >

10 Reasons to Vote For the Safety Levy

On May 13, voters will have opportunity to support services on which we’ve come to depend by supporting the Ambulance, Bus & Emergency Services Levy. For nearly four decades, voters have voted “for” this critical protection plan, and this year, there are many reasons to continue the tradition. 1)    A vote for the safety levy means no tax increase. First passed in 1973, the levy would continue at the same rate, amounting to about 18 cents a day for the average household. If our friends and family are in danger, is rapid response worth 18 cents a day? The answer is clear. 2)    The Kanawha County Ambulance Authority would continue receiving the funding it needs to keep 40 ambulances out of 14 stations and three advance life support units on the road. Last year, they answered 53,451 calls. They respond to 90 percent of calls within eight minutes. In addition, the Charleston Fire Department’s Ambulance Division responded to 12,000 calls for service...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 >

Help propel West Virginia into the future

A 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...Read More >