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.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Richmond, Kentucky Chamber “Benchmarks” Charleston

The Alliance was recently contacted by the Richmond, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the call was to request that the Charleston Area Alliance and the Charleston Chamber of Commerce host the annual fact finding mission of the Richmond Chamber. Each year, the Richmond Chamber selects one city or one region of which to visit, bringing their entire staff and board of directors to learn more about how other cities attract new businesses, jobs, and manage economic and community development.

This year the Richmond Chamber has chose Charleston as the city they will visit. They have heard of many of the recent projects of the Alliance such as our Ecodwell project, project Greenspace, Leadership Kanawha Valley, East End Main Street, about our Clay Center, our successes in international business recruitment and took notice of our recent national ranking by Expansion Management magazine which named Charleston, WV the 8th “Best in New Recruitment of Businesses.” Finally, the Richmond Kentucky Chamber is very interested to learn how our community combined its economic and community organizations into one organization, the Charleston Area Alliance.

The group will arrive in September and stay two nights in Charleston.

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