Governor Tomblin to Address Economic Development Workshop in Lewis County
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin will deliver the opening address at the economic development workshop in Roanoke, WV.
Registration starts at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Stonewall Resort.
The regional workshop is organized by the West Virginia Development Office.
The focus is on Barbour, Braxton, Clay, Gilmer, Lewis, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur and Webster counties.
The workshops and lunch will be provided at no charge.
Participants can register online at www.wvdo.org/RoanokeRegistration.
For more information, call Teresa Harper at 304.957.2024 or email “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
“Our mission is to create a business climate that fosters job retention and expansion in West Virginia,” said Governor Tomblin. “The role of government is to create an economic environment that encourages the private sector to invest and to create good paying jobs with benefits. With discipline, know-how and determination we can take new prospects and make them a reality.”
“The governor has encouraged us to get the message out to our communities about the programs and resources available to them to generate economic activity,” said Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette. “If your work relates to economic development, you will want to attend this workshop. It is an opportunity to talk about how we can work together to achieve our shared goals even more effectively.”
Workshops, which will run concurrently, are:
• Business Recruitment, Retention and Expansion, led by WVDO. The session includes a recap of current programs, an update on activities and participation in a roundtable discussion.
• Incentives & Tools for Investment and Job Creation, led by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority, WVDO and other state entities. The panel will talk about current tools for financing projects, including buildings, equipment state financial programs, available incentives and tools to finance projects. The roundtable discussion will focus on how to work together to finance projects and create jobs.
• Growing Your Entrepreneurial and Small Business Community, led by Small Business Development Center. The session delves into small business coaching tools and services for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Topics include access to capital and increased job creation.
• Community Matters, led by Community Development Division. The session takes a practical look at community development issues such as infrastructure investment, economic revitalization and sustainability. The workshop will highlight resources such as Small Cities Block Grants, Appalachian Regional Commission, Main Street West Virginia, Neighborhood Investment Program and more.