Charleston West Virginia Economic Development

Discussions on Economic and Community Development in West Virginia and the Charleston MSA as well as issues of the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Last week's official launch of East End Wireless was a major success! Gov. Joe Manchin, Mayor Danny Jones and Delegate Carrie Webster, along with East End Main Street Director Ric Cavender and Charleston Area Alliance President Matt Ballard, welcomed the service. Big thanks to the City of Charleston and The Clay Center for sound equipment and the YWCA of Charleston for furniture pieces from its Second Seating store and Perkin' Up coffee shop.

Below is a story about the announcement from the Charleston Gazette. Read more from the Gazette at, WSAZ-TV at and the Create West Virginia blog at

East End Wireless Internet service officially launched

By Kellen Henry
Staff writer

Residents and visitors in Charleston's East End can now upload while they chow down or shop at businesses along Washington Street.

After months of delay, East End Main Street officially launched its free wireless service to homes and businesses Thursday afternoon.

Residents have been able to log on to test the service for the last month, said Ric Cavender, program manager for the group.

About 200 users have tried the Internet in the last few weeks, during a test of the service from the Capitol to CAMC General Hospital.

Eight repeaters are currently operating along Washington Street. The group plans to put eight more in next week, each passing on the Internet connection for 750 feet, from the first hub at the Bluegrass Kitchen restaurant.

"We had to figure out what worked best and find the most strategic spots," Cavender said.
During the test, East End Main Street experimented with the repeaters' positions to get the best signal. The connection is as fast as a commercial or residential broadband connection and the new repeaters being added will keep it fast as more people log on, Cavender said.

The wireless will become operational in phases, with Washington Street online between the Capitol Complex and the Clay Center, by September. Wireless should be available to the Smith, Virginia and Quarrier Street areas by the end of the year.

By 2009, the broadband signals will span about a square mile and serve 1,500 properties and serve 200 businesses, including Capitol Market and Appalachian Power Park. The order of completion is based on "making sure the businesses can use the service and for economic development and revitalization," Cavender said.

The wireless zone will run between the 35th Street Bridge and Leon Sullivan Way, east to west. It will include Kanawha Boulevard to Piedmont Road in the East End, from north to south.

To access the wireless service, residents need to click on the unsecured East End Main Street connection. East End businesses and residents are not encouraged to give up their own service and to be vigilant about sharing personal information along the unsecured network.

Volunteers, officials and a few neighbors gathered in front of the East End mural at the 400 block of Elizabeth Street for the announcement yesterday.

"No wires here," said Gov. Joe Manchin, as he ran his hands around a laptop held by Charleston Mayor Danny Jones at the launch. State and local officials said they were enthusiastic about how the free wireless access could help develop the business infrastructure in the neighborhood.

"There weren't restaurants down this way [in the 1980s]. It was hard to get people to come here," Jones said. "It will make a difference in your businesses, all the businesses around here."

East End Main Street announced it would offer free wireless access, in July of 2007. The Internet was originally supposed to be operational by October 2007, but the project stalled before organizers and volunteers began working to make the project a reality.

The group received a $25,000 Local Economic Development Assistance Grant from the state to fund the equipment for service.

The money for the Internet services provided through Suddenlink is being raised by East End Main Street. By 2009, the group will have to evaluate how to sustain the service.
"It comes down to what we can afford," Cavender said.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Get a Taste of FestivALL This Weekend

Many downtown restaurants are changing their operating hours this weekend in conjunction with FestivALL events.

Bellacino's, Bennigan's, Blossom Deli, Capitol Roasters, Capitol Market, Cafe de Paris, Charleston Bread, Charleston Town Center's Picnic Place, Chesapeke Bagel, Chili's, Chop House, Cilantro's, Ellen's, First Watch, Graziano's, Ichiban, Inta Juice, Jimmy John's, Kaifu, O'Kay's, Outback, Peanut Shoppe, Rio Grande, Sam's, Sitar, SoHo's, Subway, Taylor Books and Tidewater Grill are open for FestivALL.

Check out the FesivALL Restaurant Guide and enjoy FestivALL this weekend, when Charleston becomes a work of art!

Charleston Area Alliance Announces Newest Italian Investment in Charleston and West Virginia


CHARLESTON, W.VA (June 26, 2008) – Dario Cardenia has announced he is basing his Italian business, B&W Creative, in Charleston.

The company’s focus will be helping West Virginia businesses export to Italy. Cardenia specializes in designing brochures, illustrations and other promotional materials. He offers an understanding of the Italian marketplace and in his in his native language to local business who seek to export to Italy.

“Charleston offered lower operating costs and access to much of the East Coast,” Cardenia said. “Other Italian companies have had positive experiences here, so I feel downtown Charleston is the right location for my company, as well.”

Cardenia displayed samples of his cartoon-based art from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Downtown Art Walk this on June 27 as an introduction to the business community at the Purple Moon’s Over the Moon Gallery at 906 Quarrier Street.

“My training as an architect has given me a discerning eye for house perspectives, plans, sections and street scenes,” Cardenia said. “I had always had a passion for freehand drawing with pencil. … These works combine my love of architecture and street scenes with my impressions of Charleston.”

Cardenia and Matt Ballard, president and CEO of the Charleston Area Alliance, met in 2007 while Ballard was taking part in a trade mission to Italy.

“The great thing about this is that any West Virginia company that wants to import from or export to Italy now have a strong resource to assist them in marketing their products,” Ballard said. “This demonstrates how the Charleston Area Alliance not only is trying to attract traditional industry – but also smaller companies that can help diversify the local economy even more."

Cardenia originally is from Varese, Italy, and has a background in architecture. In 1979, he began work as a comic strip illustrator for the Edifumetto Company, an Italian publishing house. Two years later, he was art director for BTincino, an international electronics design firm based in Milan. In 2000, he did some design work for Versace.

Since 1985, he has been incorporating his drawings into computer technology. That work has evolved into melding cartoons with digital images.

Pictured above is Chuck Hamsher, Owner of the Purple Moon in Charleston, Dario Cardenia, Owner B&W Creative, and Matthew Ballard, President of the Charleston Area Alliance.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Help Us Welcome Wirless to the East End!

Join us today at 3:30 p.m. on the 400 block of Elizabeth Street near the art mural at Washington Street. And feel free to bring your laptop.

Gov. Joe Manchin, Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, the Charleston Area Alliance, East End Main Street and local businesses will announce the launch of East End Wireless Phase 1.

The project represents “a substantial economic development and revitalization effort on the East End,” said East End Main Street Director Ric Cavender. EEMS is a project of the Charleston Area Alliance.

The East End Wireless initiative was born one year ago. A $25,000 Local Economic Development Assistance (LEDA) grant paid for the equipment, and East End Main Street fundraising is paying for the network service.

“Good things come to those who wait, and a very good thing has finally come to the business owners and residents of the East End of Charleston,” Cavender said.

Visitors at Thursday’s event will learn about future phases and educational opportunities. They also are encouraged to bring their laptops and experience firsthand how wireless Internet access is changing the East End. Light refreshments and soft drinks will be available, and the YWCA of Charleston’s 2nd Seating Gently Used Furniture Store and Perkin’ Up coffee shop are helping provide a comfortable atmosphere. The City of Charleston and the Clay Center are providing equipment for the event, as well.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Get Ready for a Night of River Magic

The Belle of Cincinnati will be leading guest through a Night of River Magic from 6 to 10 p.m. July 16.

The event includes dinner, a cash bar, dancing, entertainment, casino tables with fun money and auction items. It benefits the Highland Hospital Foundation, Charleston YMCA Summer Camp and the American Heart Association.

Cruise and dine in ultimate comfort and luxury aboard this ornate, Victorian-style riverboat with four decks of entertainment, including the Dixieland sounds of the B-Ties and guitarist Jon Fritz, along with dance music from DJ's Ric Cochran, Jeanne K and Matt Pauley.

The cost is $100, and sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, call (304) 348-1417, (304) 720-7830 or (304) 340-3540.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Job Openings in Charleston

Ferguson Enterprises, the YWCA of Charleston and the Alzheimer's Association have job postings to share. Please pass them along to those who might be interested.


Ferguson Enterprises has an immediate need for a Showroom Consultant in our Charleston, WV location. Ferguson showrooms provide a place where customers can view a wide variety of conveniently displayed quality products. The high level of expertise and service that our associates offer adds additional value to the showroom concept. There continues to be tremendous growth in the showroom industry, and Ferguson's showrooms are the best in the business. We are seeking highly motivated individual with a strong commitment to excellence and a desire to advance based on performance. A college degree and/or 1-2 years of sales experience required.

Showroom consultants are primarily responsible for customer service by assisting customers on the showroom floor, handling incoming showroom phone calls, following up on orders, etc. They offer product knowledge and frequently, work with consumers to make the job of the plumber or builder less complicated.

Showroom associates should exhibit:
· A background or interest in design
· Outstanding interpersonal skills
· Good organizational skills
· Attention to detail
· Creativity
· Ability to be an innovative problem solver
· Work with outside sales to secure and maintain showroom and builder business

Please send resumes to Pete Ostaseski, Showroom Manager, at


The YWCA of Charleston seeks an executive assistant who is a dynamic person that gives great attention to detail, shows initiative and has strong organizational skills. This position provides administrative support to the Executive Director, Development Director and Board of Directors for the YWCA.

This person must possess proficient computer skills (including but not limited to MSWord, Excel and Publisher), strong written and verbal communication skills; and have the ability to multi-task. Knowledge of Raiser's Edge preferred, but not necessary. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please send resume, cover letter and three letters of professional reference to the YWCA Executive Director, 1114 Quarrier Street, Charleston, WV by Friday, June 27, 2008.EOE.

The YWCA's mission is eliminating racism and empowering women. We are the area's most comprehensive social service agency, providing services to more than 10,000 a year.


A program assistant position including administrative duties is available with the Alzheimer's Association, WV Chapter. This position offers the opportunity to learn human services and non-profit operations. The candidate must have excellent oral/written communication skills and computer skills. The candidate must be a self-starter and dependable.

For salary and specific job description, please contact Jane Marks, Executive Director, at

Monday, June 23, 2008

Join the Soiree Tonight!

The New Relics will be performing after Generation Charleston's general meeting this evening at Power Alley Grill.

The concert is part of FestivALL. Larry Groce, the event's executive director and host of "Mountain Stage," will be speaking to the group about FestivALL's purpose and how it has grown in four years.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. The outdoor concert follows from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Admission is free, although donations benefiting FestivALL will be accepted.

Come learn about Generation Charleston, socialize, network and be a part of FestivALL, when Charleston becomes a work of art!

For more information, contact Danny Forinash at (304) 340-4253.

Friday, June 20, 2008

I Am West Virginia

As part of an effort led by on West Virginia Day, the posts below illustrate the state and what it really is.

West Virginia is not a punchline, it is a home.

And the people who call it home have come to love it. They have stories to tell.

Take some time to read them and gain some new perspectives.

We are West Virginia.

I Am Music

I am a rock n’ roll piano player, a world champion fiddler and an award-winning composer. My groundbreaking approach to the tenor sax won me recognition from Metronome Magazine in 1937. I won the Pulitzer Prize for a piece of music inspired by my Kanawha Valley heritage. I also have numerous Grammy Awards and contributed to the soundtrack for an Academy Award winning film.

My material has been recorded by Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Kenny Rogers, Elvis Presley, Kathy Mattea, Barbra Streisand, Judy Collins, Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, and Mick Jagger. My songs have also been sampled by Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Will Smith.

I have performed with Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Cab Calloway’s Cotton Club Orchestra, Keith Richards, Count Basie and Hank Williams.

I have represented West Virginia in venues around the world, including the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and the Grand Ole’ Opry. I once played a concert before the “Rumble in the Jungle” in Kinshasa, Ziare, when Mohammed Ali knocked out George Foreman and regained the heavy weight title.

I am the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inaugural class of inductees:

Leon, “Chu” Berry, George Crumb, Hazel Dickens, Jimmie Dickens, Clark Kessinger, Blind Alfred Reed, Molly O’Day, Bill Withers, Billy Ed Wheeler, and Johnnie Johnson.

- Andrew Dunlap

I Am Heritage

In celebration of West Virginia Day, I would highlight two things that are meaningful to me and reflect on parts of West Virginia’s history that are important to all West Virginians. One is a person and his words; the other a structure.

First, when I think of West Virginia Day, I think of Abraham Lincoln and the way in which West Virginia became a state. West Virginia is the only state in the Union to secede from a confederate state, Virginia, during the American Civil War. The succession became official on June 20, 1863.

Some interesting historical quotes from then President Lincoln who was to sign the enabling act which would admit West Virginia into the Union.

From the “Opinion of Abraham Lincoln on the Admission of West Virginia:"

“Can the government stand, if it indulges Constitutional constructions by which men in open rebellion against it, are to be accounted, man for man, the equals of those who maintain their loyalty to it? Are they to be accounted even better citizens, and more worthy of consideration, than those who merely neglect to vote? If so, their treason against the Constitution, enhances their constitutional value!

“It is said, the devil takes care of his own. Much more should a good spirit - the spirit of the Constitution and the Union - take care of its own. I think it can not do less, and live.”

“We can scarcely dispense with the aid of West Virginia in this struggle; much less can we afford to have her against us, in Congress and in the field. Her brave and good men regard her admission into the Union as a matter of life and death. They have been true to the Union under very severe trials.

“Again, the admission of the new State turns that much slave soil to free; and thus, is a certain, and irrevocable encroachment upon the cause of the rebellion,

"The division of a State is dreaded as a precedent. But a measure made expedient by a war, is no precedent for times of peace. It is said the admission of West Virginia is secession, and tolerated only because it is our secession. Well, if we can call it by that name, there is still difference enough between secession against the Constitution, and secession in favor of the Constitution.

"I believe the admission of West Virginia into the Union is expedient.” - Abraham Lincoln, December 31, 1862, Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress.

The illustration above depicts the statue of Lincoln and stands in front of the West Virginia Capitol complex on the side of the Capitol facing the Kanawha River. That statue is known as “Lincoln Walks at Midnight.”

The second thing I think of when I think of West Virginia is the state capitol complex itself. As a young man just out of graduate school, this building was my first job and first office, specifically, 3rd floor, West Wing. There was nothing more moving to me as a young man to walk into that building each day and know I was working for all 1.8 million West Virginians.

The capitol of West Virginia is “topped off” with gold; the Gold Dome. It is an amazing thing to see from I-64 passing behind the capitol or Kanawha Boulevard in front. If you are visiting West Virginia in the future, I highly recommend visiting the state capitol, and taking a tour. In it you will learn such interesting facts as:

• On July 23, 1921, Cass Gilbert whose offices were in New York City, was selected as architect of the complex. The commission found that Gilbert had more to his credit and that he came more highly recommended than any other member of his profession. His achievements were found in some of the most famous buildings in the country at the time, including the Woolworth Building in New York, which was pictured as the tallest structure in the world. To his credit were the capitol buildings of Minnesota and Arkansas, buildings of the Universities of Texas and Minnesota, the United States Treasury Annex and the United States Chamber of Commerce Building.

• Architect Gilbert took great care in planning the supreme court chambers, personally designing its furnishings and decor. Above the chambers is a rectangular opening of stained glass, and bronze carvings depicting the "Scale and Balance" and the "Book of Law" adorn the sides of the skylight. In the frieze along the top of the walls in the chamber are the quotes: "THE TRUE FOUNDATION OF REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT IS THE EQUAL RIGHT OF EVERY CITIZEN IN HIS PERSON AND PROPERTY AND IN THEIR MANAGEMENT: THOMAS JEFFERSON; FIRMNESS IN THE RIGHT AS GOD GIVES US TO SEE THE RIGHT: LINCOLN".

• Interesting numbers
- Ground occupied - sixteen acres
- Floor space - 535,000 square feet
- Outside walls - 314,000 cubic feet; 700 carloads
- Steel construction - 4,640 tons; 160 carloads
- Chandelier in dome - weighs 4,000 pounds; 15,000 candle power
- Chandeliers in legislative chambers - 10,000 pieces of rock crystal each
- Columns in porticoes - limestone; 86 tons each
- Columns in foyers - solid marble; 34 tons each
- Bronze doors on porticoes - 2,800 pounds each

- Matt Ballard

I Have Seen All 50 States

I am West Virginia. I am Jeri Adkins, and I love everything about Charleston and West Virginia.

I have enjoyed visiting all of our beautiful states and one of the best things about my travels is coming home.

The convenience of a small town with big city amenities, an airport five minutes away, a beautiful state capitol, affordable cost of living, and most importantly, the friendliest people you will find anywhere all add up to the perfect place to live.

There’s so much to do in our capitol city it’s hard to fit everything in! If you have the energy, this weekend in Charleston offers Live on the Levee at our riverfront park, FestivALL with more than 100 events over 10 days including Smoke on the Water Chili Cook Off or Wine & All That Jazz, the Garden Showcase walking tour on the East End, singer Gladys Knight at the magnificent Clay Center and a live performance of the always popular Mountain Stage. There’s also a baseball game to take in at Appalachian Power Park, the Capitol Street Art Fair, and even racing “weiner” dogs!

- Jeri Adkins

I Am Greenbrier County

Let me take you there.

Imagine a tranquil river teaming with fish, outside a summer-camp where a canoe may be waiting to take you on an early morning ride.

If fishing is not your thing, do you like exploring? How about spending the day spelunking? Greenbrier County has several caves within easy driving distance to one another: Organ Cave and Lost World.

Should you crave more excitement, then how about visiting Fairlea in August, when the State Fair comes to town. This event will take more than one day to see everything.

Visit the cattle barns; see the draft horses! Speaking of horses, stay and watch the horse racing in the Grandstand. Don’t forget to visit the midway with the kids.

These are just a few of the many reasons why I love West Virginia. I could talk about my wonderful state all day. The people you encounter there on any given day are not the image that is portrayed by outsiders. When you come to West Virginia, you will find a group of hard-working, dedicated loyal people to their state. Give us a try, and then you will know why we are Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.

- Susan Gibbs

I Am Generation Charleston

I am West Virginia.

I am a group of energized leaders engaged in an effort to better West Virginia and its Capital City. I am committed to providing ongoing service to the community in which I live.

I am optimistic about the future of West Virginia. I understand that through education, community outreach and professional development, we can make positive change - change that matters, change that will allow the Capital City to reach its full potential and will bring our state’s young leaders back home.

I am proud of my state and the city in which I live and work. I hope 20 years from now, I can look back at the energy that began with our group and the positive impact on our community.

I am Generation Charleston, carrying the torch for our city and state’s future.

- Danielle Waltz

I Am Your Friends, Family & Neighbors

… I am the people of West Virginia.

I care … I genuinely care. I care about my neighbors. I care about my family. I care about my community. I even care about my fellow motorists.

Evidence of my caring is not hard to find … watch me stop on the side of the road to help someone with a flat tire … listen to me ask about your family and actually care about your response … watch me give you my last penny because I know you need it more than I do.

I feel a genuine connection to my fellow West Virginian, and it doesn’t matter if I’ve gone away to seek new adventures or if I’ve been here my entire life, my West Virginia roots remain strong. My friends and family are a very close knit group — we talk everyday no matter how many miles separate us, we eat together, we work together, we laugh together, we cry together and we support each other.

I’m educated, I work hard, I play hard, and I even relax hard. These are just a few of my characteristics. Ask anyone who has met me, and you’ll get a million more like these.

I’m not hard to recognize … in fact, you’ll recognize me by my wave. I wave at everyone, walking by or driving past you on the street, you’ll get a wave, a smile and often a friendly “Hello!”

We are the people of West Virginia.

- Lesley Hager

I Am the Arts

I am West Virginia and I welcome all people.

I educate young minds and inspire children to look towards the stars.

I inspire creativity, learning and wonder, to people of all ages, through experiences in the arts and sciences.

I’ll make you laugh, make you smile, make you sing, and make you dance.

I am the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences

- Anonymous

I Am the East End

The East End of Charleston is full of rich culture, uniqueness and history.

The current revitalization process of providing new restaurants, West Virginia Power Park, the Clay Center, a dog park and free wireless internet for all businesses and residents is turning the East End into the premier neighborhood to live and raise a family.

My wife and I feel very connected to the East End, as it was the first and current neighborhood we lived in after we got married. The walkability during the Garden Showcase, East End Yard Sale and FestivALL events, along with more invested residents and community volunteers, have made the East End a safer and more vibrant community for decades to come.

Come join us on Everyone's East End!

- Ric Cavender

I Am Pocahontas County

There are a lot of reasons why I am West Virginia, but one of my favorite is because I love Pocahontas County. It is a beautiful place. I like to go in the fall and stay in a cabin. Where I stay is close to Snowshoe. In the winter you can go skiing at Snowshoe.

In the fall they have train rides at Cass Scenic Railroad. You can ride up the mountain and see all the beautiful colors of the fall leaves. On your way to Cass, you can roll your window down and smell Meck’s bakery. It’s so good you have to stop and get something.

It is a nice place to get away for the weekend. Anyone who lives here, or doesn’t live here, needs to visit Pocahontas County.

- Sasha Kimberling

I Am the People

I am West Virginia. I am the person who smiles at you when you pass me on Capitol Street. I am the person who holds the door so it doesn't slam in your face when you walk into the Mall.

I am the one who helps you up when you trip and makes sure you are okay before I walk away. I am the child who squeals with delight when I get lots of wet kisses from your puppy.

I am the person who says, "thank you," and "I'm sorry," and "please." I am the guy who would rather hug you than shake your hand, and I am also the young girl who still says "sir" and "ma'am."

I am real. I am honest. My roots run deep, and my heart beats true. Yes, I am West Virginia.

- Barbara Braun

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Kudos to Leadership Kanawha Valley

The group, through fundraising and donations, raised more than $1,400 for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

A special thanks goes out to all who donated and contributed time and effort to making this a success.

Corporate donations were received from:

Huntington National Banks (classmate Kay Roberts)
Tramco d/b/a Kanawha Electric (classmate Scott Shepherd)
JCD Corporation (classmate Josh Pearson)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Larry Groce and The New Relics Highlight Generation Charleston's June Soiree

The New Relics will be performing after Generation Charleston's general meeting June 23 at Power Alley Grill.

The concert is part of FestivALL, which runs June 20 - 29. Larry Groce, the event's executive director and host of "Mountain Stage," will be speaking to the group about FestivALL's purpose and how it has grown in four years.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. The outdoor concert follows from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Admission is free, although donations benefiting FestivALL will be accepted.

The New Relics are quickly becoming one of the region's favorite live bands. Some have compared the band to Pat Green, Keith Urban, John Mayer and Train, but it has created a unique vibe. Their smart songwriting and positive energy have allowed the band to sit on the corner where rock and country intersect.

"We try to make sure there's something for everyone at our shows," said frontman Mike Arbogast.

Visit to learn more about the band.

Come get involved with Generation Charleston, socialize, network and be a part of FestivALL, when Charleston becomes a work of art!

For more information, contact Danny Forinash at (304) 340-4253.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

From June 14's Charleston Gazette:

If you’re wondering about the murals hanging on the city parking garage near the South Side Bridge, they are the work of local schoolchildren taking part in the FestivALL Drop Cloth Mural Project.

Parton Sign installed the mural from Weberwood Elementary on Friday. The final mural — from George C. Weimer Elementary — will go up on Monday.

Others taking part are: Sissonville High; Nitro High; Dunbar Middle; Sissonville Middle; and the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club.

The kids were given the task of presenting murals illustrating “What I Like About Charleston.” The project is a partnership of the Charleston Area Alliance, Kanawha County Schools, the state Department of Education, City of Charleston and Home Depot.

Monday, June 16, 2008

A Lofty Success!

The 2008 Loft Walk last week was a hit!

More than 100 guests were a part of the tour, the weather was beautiful and media coverage was excellent. WOWK-TV, WSAZ-TV and the Charleston Gazette were among those covering the event. The photo above came from Chip Ellis, a photographer with the Gazette. It features Paula Butterfield, who spoke to the "loft hoppers" about her properties on Kanawha Boulevard.

"I can’t tell you how many people I heard from who were amazed at what incredible living spaces were in downtown Charleston," said Brad Rowe, one of the event's organizers and co-captain of Generation Charleston's housing team. Generation Charleston hosted the event.

Meticulous catering provided the food, and several participants raved about the hummus. City National Bank provided a starting location and parking, while the Callen-McJunkin Gallery above Stray Dog Antiques hosted the reception afterward.

The tour included five groups visiting four locations. They learned about adaptive reuse of downtown buildings and the charm of downtown living.

Now we're looking forward to the 2009 Loft Walk!

Friday, June 13, 2008

The article below appeared June 12 in the Inter Mountain, Elkins' newspaper. The Randolph County Chamber of Commerce invited Charleston Area Alliance President and CEO Matt Ballard to its quarterly meeting to discuss regional marketing and economic development.

Randolph Chamber Learns CAA Efforts

ELKINS - Randolph County Chamber of Commerce members learned Wednesday during the quarterly meeting how the Charleston Area Alliance is working to bring business and industry into the Kanawah Valley by marketing the Charleston region and West Virginia as a whole.

Matt Ballard, president of the Charleston Area Alliance, explained how the organization attracts industry from around the world and is working to better the economy and community in the metro area.

“Economic development doesn’t happen overnight, especially with foreign companies,” Ballard said.

Four years ago, three business/commerce groups formed the Charleston Area Alliance. Since that time the group has been working to attract the automobile, chemical and energy industries and encouraging young professionals make the move to West Virginia by creating positive relationships with businesses and universities.

The alliance has also worked to enhance the community by focusing on downtown development, creating “green space” and 21st century amenities, Ballard explained.

To entice businesses to locate in West Virginia, the Charleston Area Alliance invites executives to the city and personally guides them around the area, Ballard said. Companies are willing to choose a state that provides services that are more friendly than a brochure or making a phone call.

However, other than a warm welcome companies are looking for “super sites,” which are approximately 1,500 acres of development-ready property, Ballard explained. Currently, West Virginia does not have any “super sites.” In the future, the Charleston Area Alliance plans to develop more West Virginia based airline companies that provide direct flights to major cities, such as New York, Ballard explained.

He also encouraged people in the north central area of the state to fly from Yeager Airport in Charleston instead of Pittsburgh International. The more people flying into and from Yeager will possibly increase flight services and keep airlines from pulling their services, Ballard said.

As an example, Charleston’s East End is being equipped with WiFi, Ballard said. If the entire area has WiFi available at no charge, more people and businesses will move to the area, according to Ballard. Prior to the formation of the Charleston Area Alliance, the three organizations spent approximately 18 percent more, Ballard said.

ERCCC Executive Director Ellen Spears said she is not considering a similar organization for the region, but wanted chamber members to know what others are doing around the state.

“Charleston is a big area, and I think it’s interesting what they do,” Spears said. “I thought it would be interesting to people here to find out what others are doing.”

Also at the meeting, ERCCC President Kathy Leombruno welcomed new chamber members: Country Creations, Elkins Express Care, Hampton Inn, Spruce Knob Seneca Rocks Telephone Co., Tharon Jack, Mountain State Inc. and Gary Clay.Delegate Bill Hartman, D-37th District, informed the group that Brad Basil has designed new banners to replace the worn-out ones currently hanging throughout town. Elkins Mayor Judy Guye also discussed the beautification and street improvements in the downtown area Elkins and said she is looking forward to visitors during the summer.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Loft Walk is Tonight!

Join us tonight for the second annual Loft Walk! The free tour begins at 5:30 p.m. in City National Bank's Hale Street lobby, which has something of loft atmosphere itself.

Parking is available in the Spiro's lot across the street. Big thanks to City National for providing the parking.

The guests will split into five groups, and guides will lead them through five loft apartments at four locations.

Learn about the adaptive reuse of historic downtown buildings, discover the charm of loft living and embrace an opportunity to be part of Charleston's future.

The Loft Walk ends around 7:30 p.m. at Callen McJunkin Gallery above Stray Dog Antiques on Hale Street for wine and hors d'oeuvres. Meticulous catering is providing the food. Generation Charleston is hosting the event.

We walk rain or shine.Registration is free. Contact Danny Forinash at

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Charleston Area Alliance Visits Elkins Chamber of Commerce

It was a pleasure for me to speak to a sister organization today, the Elkins/Randolph County Chamber of Commerce.

I was invited by Ellen Spears, Executive Director of the Chamber. Ellen is really dong a great job in her role, leading the Chamber of Commerce along with a great board and enthusiastic community. During the trip I was impressed as I have always been with Elkins.

My history with Elkins began during my undergraduate experience at Alderson Broaddus College and during my nursing education, my first rotation was at Davis Memorial Hospital. I spent about two days a week in Elkins for two semesters. I have always really liked CJ Maggies eatery in Elkins, the Chicken Dijon being my favorite dish, although I can't claim I have had everything on the menu.

A recently rehabilitated train station, city square and most impressive, American Mountain Theater. You will not believe this place. Amazing. You must check out the web site above. If you want to spend the night and see a performance at the American Mountain Theater, you can stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Elkins, the newly constructed Hampton Inn, or even the Graceland Mansion, picture above. I took a very quick tour of the mansion with Ellen, and WOW, this is an amazing place I want to visit again!
Until next time,

Matthew Ballard
President, Charleston Area Alliance

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Red Cross Announces New Hours

Beginning July 1, the Red Cross office 4501 MacCorkle Ave. will offer new hours for donors.

The location will be open from 1 - 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday.

Try to fit some life-saving in to your busy schedule.

If your company or organization has 5 to 15 interested in giving blood, call (304) 526-2961 to make arrangements.

For more information visit

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Learn Etiquette With WorkAbility 101

A class focussing on etiquette continues WorkAbility 101 from 8 a.m. to noon June 23. It will be the second of four classes. The first, which focussed on customer service, was a big success.

The third session on business ethics is scheduled for July 7, and the final class on communications is July 21.

Employers and participants can still save by signing up for the entire course at $50 for Alliance members and $75 for non-members. The per-class cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.The Charleston Area Alliance and the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia are teaming up to offer “Skills for the 21st Century,” a series of courses designed to help employees be better, more productive employees.

The goal is to offer businesses more skilled employees and help them reduce turnover. The class also is an excellent opportunity for employees and college graduates who want a better understanding of business basics.

Each “skill set” course includes four classes over a two-month period.

Future course and class themes will include basic personal finance, computer literacy, meeting facilitation, networking and team training.

These are portable skills workers could take with them their entire careers.

Contact Leanne Stowers at (304) 340-4253 for more information. Or visit to register or learn more.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Charleston Receives High Credit Score

Men's Health has identified Charleston as having the seventh least debt in the nation.

The magazine looked at 100 cities and ranked them after examing bankruptcy rates, foreclosure rates, housing costs, credit scores, credit debt and credit usage.

Billings, Mont., has the least debt. Las Vegas has the most debt.

Charleston fared well in housing costs and credit debt.

To view the interactive map, visit

Friday, June 06, 2008

Generation Charleston Rolls Out at the Red Carpet

What are you doing tonight? First Friday? Great! See you there!

Join Generation Charleston for good times, food and beverages at the Red Carpet Lounge from 5 to 7:30 p.m. tonight!

It'll be hot outside, so cool down inside or enjoy the patio out back.

First Friday is an excellent opportunity to socialize, network and wave goodbye to the workweek.


Tee up for a great day of golf and fundraising at the Charleston Area Alliance's annual golf outing, scheduled for Monday, July 28, at Edgewood Country Club Derrick's Creek Golf Course.

The format will be 4-person scramble. The cost is $500 per team and $125 per individual. Box lunches will be provided, and a reception dinner will follow the tournament.

More details will soon follow.

Reception and hole sponsorships are available. Contact Danny Forinash at (304) 340-4253 or for more information.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

The Loft Walk is June 12

Come experience a free tour of private residences in Charleston during the second annual Loft Walk June 12.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in City National Bank's Hale Street lobby, which has something of a loft feel itself.

The tour then splits into four groups, each touring five examples of loft space downtown. Guests will firsthand see both developed and undeveloped apartments.

Learn about the adaptive reuse of historic downtown buildings, discover the charm of loft living and embrace the opportunity to be a part of Charleston's future!

The Walk lasts about two hours and ends at the Callen McJunkin Gallery above Stray Dog Antiques with wine and cheese.

Generation Charleston is organizing the event. Meticulous catering is providing food throughout.

Join us, and take a short walk through downtown living!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

We are very excited about the story below, which appeared in today's Daily Mail. The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority sold the Capitol Street building earlier this year in hopes it would be renovating. With the help of Bailey & Glasser and PrayWorks, that's happening.

Capitol Street building experiencing rebirth

by George Hohmann
Daily Mail Business Editor

Passersby haven't had much to see at 209 Capitol St. these last few weeks. The front windows have been papered over and although there's been some noise, it's mostly come from inside the cavernous structure.

That's changing this week.

Workers have cut holes in the brick for windows on the side of the building that faces Spyro's parking lot, replaced missing masonry and sealed the areas where the building formerly shared floor beams with a long-gone structure. Within the week, they'll paint that side of the building.

They're also working on the front of the building. Although the front won't change much in appearance, there will be a big difference when workers take the paper off the windows and the empty inside of the building can be seen.

A firm led by members of the law firm of Bailey & Glasser purchased the 115-year-old building earlier this year for $525,000 from the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority. They are investing $2 million to turn the structure into modern office space.

Dave Pray of PrayWorks, Charleston, who is managing the renovation, pointed out some of the building's history that has been revealed since the structure was emptied of 100 tons of debris.
The area above a heavy metal door on the second floor is scorched -- a telltale reminder of the deadly fire that occurred next door on March 4, 1949. That's when the Woolworth Five and Dime, housed in an identical building, burned. That fire killed seven firefighters in the most deadly blaze the city Fire Department has ever seen.

Less dramatic history is visible on the first floor, where workers have uncovered several "K" monograms - reminders that S.S. Kresge's, the predecessor to Kmart, once occupied the building.

Pray and Ben Bailey, partner in the law firm, believe the building was originally the equivalent of a shopping center because, after it opened in 1892 or 1893, it contained several tenants.

"It's where the Diamond Shoe and Garment Co. first started business -- before it moved up the street," Pray said.

Diamond Shoe and Garment eventually became the Diamond Department Store, a Charleston retail landmark that endured until the early 1980s.

The building at 209 Capitol St. became a S.S. Kresge's around 1927 or 1928, Pray said. In the 1980s it became a Rite Aid. Later it was a McCrory's and then a Dollar General. Pray pointed out that the masonry bearing, wood floor structure had been vacant for five years before the principals in Bailey and Glasser bought it.

Pray and Bailey agree that federal and state historic tax credits have made the project possible.

"I sincerely believe that if it were not for this tax incentive program, 209 Capitol St. would be a surface parking lot," Pray said.

"We would not have bought this building without the tax credits," Bailey said.
Here's how the tax credits work:

* You have to have an historic structure. The building at 209 Capitol St. is a "certified historic structure" because it is a "contributing building in a National Register historic district."
* As you plan renovations, you must work with the State Historic Preservation Office to preserve that which is historic. In the case of 209 Capitol St., that involved a team that included Pray and the project architects, GBBN of Cincinnati and John Harris of Bastian & Harris Architects, Charleston.

* Qualifying projects receive 30 percent of certified rehabilitation expenses in tax credits, with 20 percent coming from the federal government and 10 percent coming from the state. The credits can be taken by the entity that owns the building or sold.

"Basically it means that roughly 30 cents of every dollar we spend after the purchase of this building, we get back," Bailey said. "On this building, that made the difference. Without those credits, it didn't make sense financially. With them, it was a no-brainer."

Pray and Bailey believe this is the first major renovation project to be undertaken since the downtown area was designated an historic district. Some observers apparently thought too much red tape was required to make the tax credits worthwhile. Pray and Bailey disagree.

"I think this project will prove the wisdom of making this area an historic district," Bailey said. "The historic preservation program saved this building."

On a recent tour, Pray showed how the building's various occupants reconfigured the interior time and again over the years. Stairwells were cut into floors, only to be removed later. As a result, numerous floor beams have been replaced to ensure the building's structural integrity. A few of the massive 12x12 wood posts holding up the structure also have been reinforced with steel plates out of an abundance of caution. Pray credits Jud Ham Jr. of Ham Engineering, South Charleston, for the structural engineering work.

Some of the flooring has been replaced, and all of the floors will receive a coat of liquid gypsum so they'll be smooth and level.

Care has been taken to demolish the interior in an environmentally friendly way. Construction workers recycled about $8,000 worth of scrap metal from the debris, Pray said. Also, clean debris like bricks were separated so they wouldn't be landfilled.

Although the renovation work has revealed some of the building's secrets, much remains unknown.

"Several people have told me there was a mezzanine in Kresge's," Pray said. "I'd love to know more. Anybody with knowledge, I hope they'll raise their hand." The basement contains what amounts to a vault - a room sealed off by a massive metal door. It's another mystery. Pray can be reached at 720-0880.

"I love the building," said Bailey, who is enthused about the opportunities the structure offers his law firm. The front of the first floor will have 12-foot ceilings covered in pressed tin, similar to the ceiling that was in Kresge's. Workers have installed two exhibits - a swath of tin much like the original and another swath with tin that, upon close inspection, contains thousands of tiny holes. "That's to improve the acoustics," Bailey explained.

There will be a spacious lobby, a big conference room and a new elevator.

But it's the new windows on the side of the building that will make the most difference, Bailey said. "The introduction of all of that light is what makes this building come to life."

Project contractor is Pray Construction Co. of Scott Depot. Dave Pray is writing a blog about the renovation. It can be found online at

Asked how long a useful life the building will have when renovations are complete, Pray thought a moment. The threat of fire in downtowns is diminished compared to what it was in the past, he noted. If the building can avoid stress like an earthquake, "it should be useful for a few more generations," he said.

The law firm expects to move in by October. It will occupy the basement, first and second floors. The third floor is for rent. Each floor contains about 9,000 square feet.

Bailey & Glasser has occupied the nearby Scott Drug Building, at 227 Capitol St., for almost a decade. The firm is moving because it has outgrown that space. The Scott Drug Building will be for sale.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Below is an op-ed that appeared in the Charleston Gazette June 2. It comes from Charleston Area Alliance President and CEO Matt Ballard and Chairman Jack Rossi and outlines the Alliance's true goals.

Get Involved

FOUR years ago, visionary business and community leaders came together to create a new organization dedicated to building a more vibrant community and prosperous economy - the Charleston Area Alliance.

At that time, there were a number of groups working on their own to achieve the goal of a better and brighter tomorrow for our region. However, by virtue of their individual missions, they viewed our future through separate prisms and often were unable to mount a big-picture response to the challenges and opportunities on the horizon. Their effectiveness was also hampered by limited financial and staff resources.

Respected leaders including Newton Thomas, Thomas Potter, Thad Epps, Bill McDavid, Bob Gray, Jim Sturgeon, John Ruddick, Pat Bond, Joe Jones and representatives from the Kanawha County Commission and City of Charleston understood that a comprehensive, holistic approach was needed to achieve real progress for the Kanawha Valley. Their vision guided the formation of the Charleston Area Alliance, a multi-faceted economic, business and community development organization.

The alliance combined three groups - the Charleston Renaissance, the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Business and Industrial Development Corporation (BIDCO) - to work in concert to improve our community and make the most effective and efficient use of resources to pursue that goal.

In the four short years since its creation, the alliance has emerged as a catalyst for innovative efforts to attract and retain jobs to our region and to create a community that we can be proud to call home. The work of our predecessor organizations has been amplified through the synergies and efficiencies created from the reorganization. This new structure has been the foundation for many recent successes in improving the area's economic climate and quality of life, including:

n Retaining 600 good-paying jobs in downtown Charleston at CASCI.
n Building a model energy-efficient home in the East End neighborhood.
n Working with our state, county and city partners to recruit the Japanese chemical company Kureha - and a new $100 million plant - to Belle.
n Leading efforts for Gateway Greenspace, a sustainable park underway near the Clay Center.
n Bringing area auto dealers and Kanawha County schools together to create an automotive co-op program that trains area students for good-paying jobs currently available in our community.
Promoting façade grants, free wireless Internet service and other neighborhood improvements through our award-winning East End Main Street program.
n Launching the 500-plus member Generation Charleston to engage and empower emerging leaders and keep the best and brightest in our community.

These accomplishments barely skim the surface of the myriad programs and services we provide to attract new jobs and investments, help area businesses accelerate profitability, promote community and cultural enhancements, and develop the talent and resources to sustain success, today and tomorrow.

The alliance is composed of more than 600 businesses and organizations representing 40,000 employees, who are leading our community forward, igniting success, expanding opportunity and building a better future that we all can share. Nearly 80 percent of our budget is provided by our members, who, through their financial support and participation, are collectively shaping the future of the region - and making a wise investment in their own success.

Our private support is supplemented by the funding we receive from Kanawha County and the City of Charleston, both of which have designated the alliance as their official economic development services provider. We are proud to serve the county and city - and ultimately our citizens - in this capacity and are steadfastly committed to providing them with the superior service they expect and deserve.

The alliance's founders understood that effective legislative and public policy leadership - traditional functions of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce - would be key to success in building a more vibrant community and prosperous economy. Because certain regulations prohibit organizations that receive public funds from undertaking political activity, the founders structured the new organization so that chamber work would be set apart from the other programs and services provided by the alliance. Accordingly, the chamber remains affiliated with the alliance, but maintains separate bank accounts and is governed by a different board of directors. No public funds (state, county or city) are ever used to support chamber activity.

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce is our region's advocate for legislation and other measures to create jobs and improve quality of life for our residents. In 2006, for example, the chamber successfully led community efforts to pass the safety levy, which funded emergency services in rural areas of the county. During the 2008 legislative session, the chamber worked to promote non-partisan election of judges, long-term health-care insurance, responsible reductions in business taxes, metro government, regional rail options, investing in scientific research and reducing tobacco use.

The Charleston chamber's effectiveness in serving the businesses and citizens of our area has been significantly enhanced by working with the alliance, just as the economic and community development initiatives advanced by the former Charleston Renaissance and BIDCO have benefited through their consolidation. Our directors, volunteers and staff understand that an integrated approach is needed to help our businesses, neighborhoods and citizens, and share ideas, contacts and experience to ensure that all alliance activity works in harmony to bring meaningful improvements to the Kanawha Valley.

We are proud of the tremendous progress we have made and the positive change we have inspired, but we know there is much work to be done to meet the challenges facing our region. We embrace these challenges and look forward to continuing to drive the destiny of our region, building a more vibrant community and prosperous economy.

But we can't do it on our own. As a member-based organization, we are only as effective as the strength, size and vitality of our membership and the support of our community. All of our programs, board meetings and other activities are open to the public, member and non-member alike. We invite you to visit our Web site,, to learn about our upcoming events and how you can get involved in this dynamic organization.

Four years ago, our founders understood that challenging times required bold action, so they created the Charleston Area Alliance. We are honored to carry their charge forward and invite you to join us on this exciting journey. We're not waiting for things to change, and neither should you.

Each year, the State Journal publishes its special "55 Good Things About West Virginia" issue. The latest version, which came out last week, named Kenova native Brad Smith, president and CEO of Intuit, one of the 55. Smith was the keynote speaker at the Charleston Area Alliance's Annual Celebration at the Clay Center last month. Below is the article.

Kenova's Smith Leads Major Tech Player Intuit


Mountain View, Calif., is three time zones away from Brad Smith’s hometown — Kenova, W.Va.
But Smith, 44, said he has made the journey from Wayne County to the leadership of Mountain View-based Intuit Corp. in part through his experiences as a child and young man.

“I learned a lot of things here in West Virginia, and the three lessons I took away were to have your values defined — integrity, humility and teamwork were the three I learned here,” Smith said in a recent interview with WOWK-TV in Huntington and Charleston. “And that’s enabled me to understand that life’s a team sport. So working with great people at Intuit, they’ve made it successful, and I’ve been able to ride that success to the position I have today.”

The Marshall University graduate — he has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from MU and a master’s degree in management from Aquinas College in Michigan — returned to West Virginia in May to address the annual celebration of the Charleston Area Alliance.

“I cannot recall the last time I left an event so completely impressed and inspired,” said Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp after the Charleston Area Alliance celebration.

“Brad Smith’s West Virginia-cultivated values and integrity shine through every principle he shared with us during his presentation. He has the ability to entertain and inspire us with ideas that will help us, not only professionally, but also enrich us personally.”

Smith, whose father was mayor of Kenova, became Intuit’s president and chief executive officer in January 2008 after a five-year rise through the company that saw him lead each of its major businesses.

With sales in 2007 of $2.6 billion and about 8,200 employees, Intuit offers products that include Quicken, QuickBooks, TurboTax and industry-specific accounting and management applications software. It focuses on small and mid-sized businesses and financial institutions and professionals. As Smith describes Intuit, the company “delivers services that help people help people.”

When Smith succeeded CEO and President Steve Bennett, the company leadership noted the West Virginian’s readiness for the position.

“Having led each of our biggest businesses, Brad has a proven track record inside and outside of Intuit,” Bennett said. “He has been instrumental in shaping the strategy. He has a strong and experienced management team in place. And he’s ready to lead Intuit into the future. I look forward to working with him in his new role.”

Before joining Intuit in February 2003, Smith had been senior vice president of marketing and business development at ADP. Before that, he held positions with Pepsi, 7Up and Advo Inc.
Reflecting on his youth, Smith said in the TV interview: “The neat thing about growing up in Wayne County or any county in West Virginia, is most of our parents teach us we’re capable of achieving anything if we dream it. And what’s really neat about the company at Intuit is the values are very much the same values I was raised on here. I mean they believe in helping individuals achieve their dreams.”

Smith believes he always had aspirations — and his childhood suggested as much.

“My mom and dad would tell you that they would follow me at the elementary school on the playground, and I was leading no one,” Smith recalled. “But I was out there playing as if I had a big army with me.”

Smith looks ahead at his business and the world it will serve. He sees profound changes in the way people live, work, play and interact with one another.

“We just completed a lot of work, and this next generation they call the digital generation…,” Smith said. “They are used to multi-tasking. They have an iPod in their ears. They have two or three chat sessions going on.

“They expect a very different world than the world that you and I grew up in, and they are going to require technology to be in the fabric of everything.”

Monday, June 02, 2008

Diversity Leadership Academy West Virginia Now Accepting Applications!

The Charleston Area Alliance, Jackson Kelly PLLC and Ron English are proud to join with American Institute for Managing Diversity to bring the Diversity Leadership Academy to West Virginia.

West Virginia is following other regions that are leveraging diversity to strengthen their communities and institutions. The Diversity Leadership Academy of West Virginia (DLAWV) will offer this cutting-edge program to engage leaders throughout the state in a developmental experience designed to build diversity awareness and capability. Program graduates will share a common diversity language, tools and leadership skills that they can apply to the critical issues in their communities. As we have seen in other communities, they will form a "community of interest" working to create positive change in West Virginia.

The American Institute for Managing Diversity, a nationally recognized leader in diversity research and education, developed the Academy in 2001. Since the program's inception, AIMD, in partnership with local organizations, has launched programs in Atlanta, Indianapolis, the Delaware Valley Region, South Carolina and other areas.

The program is dedicated to fostering quality decisions about diversity throughout society. It will provide a methodology and new way of looking at diversity that will equip participants to inspire and champion change in their organizations, neighborhoods, homes and communities.

West Virginia has a history of successful public-private partnerships. This effort, which is supported by West Virginia's Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity,the business sector and civic leaders, is the latest example of how we optimize the inherent strengths of our diverse community. That's why we hope you'll consider participating in this pioneering program. By learning to identify and manage diversity issues, you will help change the landscape so we can better understand, work and live together.

Please take a moment to download the program materials below and apply for the DLAWV Inaugural Class commencing this fall. Applications are due by June 18, 2008.

You can submit your application via fax, e-mail or regular mail. Additional information and the application are also available at Or contact the DLA Program Manager Beth Cole at (404) 575-2131, ext. 11, or via email at

We hope you will seize this historic opportunity to be on the forefront of change in West Virginia.

Click here to download the DLAWV Fall 2008 Application