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Keeping the Channels of Discussion Open
Beckley – Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Directors, Committee Members and Business Representatives recently held the Annual Legislative Luncheon with district representatives for Raleigh County to discuss important issues facing our area and Southern West Virginia. Meeting with our district representatives prior to the new year sessions begin gives everyone a chance to come to the table to discuss important topics involving businesses and citizens in our communities.
Thank You to all Legislative Representatives that attended to discuss some of the important issues facing our communities
Thank you Legislative Luncheon sponsors:
Appalachian Power Company
Beaver Coal Company
Beckley Water Company
Bodyworks – Praxis Corp. Health, Fitness, Rehabilitation
ESI Services Inc.
Thank You University of Charleston – Beckley for your hospitality and delicious lunch
Thank You Directors, Committee Members and business representatives for joining the discussion and for your continued community support through BRCCC activity
Ribbon Cut on Pinecrest Business and Technology Park Expansion
By Jessica Farrish Register-Herald Reporter
BECKLEY — A ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday celebrated an extension of the road and infrastructure at Woodlands Pinecrest Business and Technology Park in Beckley.
Beckley Mayor Emmett Pugh, president of the Pinecrest Development Corporation, was joined by PDC Treasurer Nancy Kissinger, Vice President Bill Baker and members of the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce to cut the ribbon on the acreage, which is located at Cranberry Creek Drive, just off of the East Beckley Bypass.
The extension is currently in phase two of a plan that started in 1992, when Pugh and others decided to develop the stretch of property.
At that time, the park was just acres of former farm land, owned by the state, he recalled.
That led town leaders to ask, “Where’s the infrastructure?”
“We wanted to try to combine something, and put it into one big piece,” said Pugh Tuesday, describing the vision he shared with Walt Lapinsky and former 4-C Economic Development Authority Director John Hunt in 1992. That authority is now known as New River Gorge Development Authority.
The park is part of the authority, a regional initiative that combines the assets of four counties to promote economic growth.
The goal said Pugh, has always been to create jobs and to expand the presence of technology in Beckley.
The 700 acres of land being developed in phase two are privately owned.
The corporation started with a $2.5 million state grant but is now owned by the development authority and hosts a technology center.
A doctor has recently purchased some of the property for development and Woody Thrasher, president of Thrasher Engineering, told the crowd that he plans to move the southern office of his business to Pinecrest Business and Technological Park, bringing at least 45 jobs to the area.
Pugh pointed out that the property is close to the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Soccer Complex and the Woodlands housing development and that it will pay dividends “for years to come.”
It offers the area an opportunity to diversify its economy, according to comments made at the ceremony.
BRCCC President and Chief Executive Officer Ellen Taylor had reported earlier that the strong retail economy in the city has attracted corporations and businesses from other sectors to the area, an opinion Pugh shared.
Pugh recalled that Beckley was the first town in West Virginia to attract a Walmart in 1990.
Since then, major retail businesses have been attracted to the area, he said.
Baker introduced Pugh as “the best mayor in the state of West Virginia.”
City National Bank Executive Vice President Charlie Houck, Raleigh County Memorial Airport Manager Tom Cochran, Roy and Kim Shrewsbury, BRCCC spokesman Joe Guffy and others were present for the ribbon-cutting and a reception at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center afterwards.
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Businesses Partner for Career Education
Every year Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Raleigh County Schools and Marquee Cinemas present “Career Day” to all of our Raleigh County 8th Graders to teach them about some of the career opportunities that are available to them here in our community.
Career Day 2013 is now complete and we want to thank the students from Beckley Stratton Middle School and Shady Spring Middle School, Independence Middle, Park Middle and Trap Hill Middle for their attentiveness and professionalism during the Career Day Process.
After meeting and talking with the students, Needy Mo Dough knows that all of the students will be well prepared for their first interview and will be ready to “Get A Job”
Career Day would not be possible without the involvement of many talented business representatives from our area. A special thank you to all representatives for your time and continued support for Career Day:
Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee Members
Raleigh County Schools
Academy of Careers & Technology
Appalachian Bible College
Chick-fil-A, Beckley Galleria
McDonalds, Raleigh County
Wells Fargo Financial Advisors, Beckley
Custom Business Solutions
YMCA of Southern West Virginia
The Resort at Glade Springs
Winterplace Ski Resort
New River Community & Technical College – Advanced Technology Center
Kid In The Background Multi-Media Factory
Life Strategies Counseling
American Red Cross
Raleigh General Hospital
Jeremy Miller Allstate Insurance Agency
For more information on the program or to find out how you can get involved please contact BRCCC.
Beckley Treasured Scenes Tree Ornament 12th Edition Now Available
“Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine”
Ornament Series Information
Our goal is to create a unique series of tree ornaments that depict a new theme each year. By doing so, we intend to preserve a different aspect of Beckley and Raleigh County. This year's "Treasured Scenes," Limited Edition ornament is now available at the Chamber of Commerce Office, 245 North Kanawha Street, Beckley.
Previous Ornament Editions:
2013 : "Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine"
11th Edition – “Hatfields & McCoys”
10th Edition – “Honey in the Rock”
9th Edition – “Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building”
8th Edition – “Beckley Presbyterian Church”
7th Edition - “Mountain State University 75th Anniversary”
6th Edition - “Crestwod, Former Governor Hulett Smith’s Beckley Mansion”
5th Edition - "Woodrow Wilson High School Flying Eagles"
4th Edition - "Superintendent House Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine”
3rd Edition - "The First Baptist Church, Beckley”
2nd Edition - "Raleigh County Courthouse"
1st Edition - "Wildwood House"
Ornaments can be collected each year for a series that may be enjoyed for many generations. Collect them for yourself and your children, give them to employees at your business, or give as gifts to friends and family. These ornaments are sure to become cherished keepsakes and will be sold on a first come-first serve basis. Don't miss out on this unique, limited edition, collectible.
Ornaments can be purchased for $10.00 each, and are available now at The Beckley Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Office. For more information call; 304-252-7328, 1-877-987-3847, or email;
BARH officially dedicates $9.4 million renovation project
By Lisa Shrewsberry Lifestyles Editor
BECKLEY — “Old faithful with a new façade” is how keynote speaker Rep. Nick Rahall, D- W.Va., referred to the $9.4 million in brick and mortar renovations to Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital at an on-site ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.
“The history and future of this hospital and coal are forever intertwined. This hospital’s foundation was poured with the blood, sweat and tears of West Virginia coal miners,” he stated, referencing the institution’s legacy as “the miner’s hospital.”
Legacy, community and future were the prevailing themes before a full auditorium of hospital supporters, employees, medical staff and community leaders.
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen Bowling stressed the importance of such improvements to health care facilities in West Virginia and commended Appalachian Regional Healthcare for supporting the structural updates, including 19 additional private rooms, an updated entryway and façade, new windows, an upgraded HVAC system and three new elevators.
“We want to ensure that citizens receive the best quality health care possible. The private rooms and HVAC system are important to infection control. It is critical to invest in our facilities with new equipment and with brick and mortar (improvements),” said Bowling.
Beckley Mayor Emmett Pugh, an ARH board member for nine years and most recently board chairman, reflected on the importance of the renovations to the community and economy.
“Hospitals are economic development entities,” he said. “Whenever new businesses are looking at coming into the area, they want to know, ‘How are the health care and the education systems?’ Hospitals provide a very large tax base for the City of Beckley. BARH is non-profit, but the employees live in the area and they spend in the area.”
Pugh stated that BARH, opened in 1956, had operated for decades in a 1950s environment, “… and that just doesn’t work,” he commented.
Other speakers included Chairman of the Local Advisory Council Dr. Bill O’Brien and Chief of Staff Dr. Ali Suleiman, who outlined a “wish list” for future improvements, including a Surgical Intensive Care Unit to complement the existing ICU.
“With all of your support, we will achieve our goals,” he said.
Kimberly Gross with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s office and Mike Browning representing U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III, each read statements of congratulations for the year-long project.
Before taking to the podium, CEO Rocco Massey, who has served a total of 32 years with BARH, took time to emphasize the importance of improved patient outcomes as a result of the extensive remodeling.
“The units are designed to improve nursing efficiency and to cut health care costs,” he stated, also connecting the hospital to the legacy of the coal miners served throughout the decades.
“John L. Lewis and Eleanor Roosevelt conducted a ribbon-cutting to open the hospital in 1956. That’s our heritage. We have a long tradition of providing quality health care to miners and to their families.”
In addition to miners, BARH has benefited the community as a non-profit hospital, with ARH systems as a whole reporting $100 million last year in unreimbursed medical expenses and write-offs.
Massey paid high compliments to the employees of BARH, including those who contributed a total of $100,000 to the capital campaign for the improvements. As testimony to their dedication, he revealed the latest quality metrics reports, earning hearty applause from the audience.
“There’s not a single indicator in red, and we are leading the ARH system in service excellence scores for our ER Department.”
Reva Bowman, a nurse supervisor at B-ARH, is proud of the changes at her workplace, which she also claims has been a part of keeping her family healthy for generations.
“This was my grandparents’ hospital. My husband is a miner, and this is their hospital, too. We need to keep it going and remember (the miners’) sacrifices.”
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