West Virginia Week in Review - August 30, 2019

8/30/2019

Gov. Justice establishes Downstream Jobs Task Force to support petrochemical expansion

 

On Wednesday, Gov. Jim Justice signed an executive order, establishing a new task force – called the Governor’s Downstream Jobs Task Force – which will work to bring downstream manufacturing opportunities to West Virginia ahead of an anticipated expansion of the petrochemical industry, that would bring billions of dollars in investments and more than 100,000 new jobs to the region. The Governor announced the task force during his annual address to hundreds of the state’s top business, industry, financial, and political leaders at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Business Summit. [Watch Video] [More Photos]

Governor's Downstream Jobs Task Force members present vision for success in WV

 

Following the Governor's announcement Wednesday, members of the newly-formed task force – including chairman and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Austin Caperton along with Department of Revenue Secretary Dave Hardy – debuted their plan to build infrastructure for manufacturing operations in West Virginia to support a petrochemical expansion. [Watch Video] [More Photos]

Deploying National Guard soldiers bid farewell to families as they depart for mission in Middle East

 

Beginning Sunday and through Monday, more than 500 deploying soldiers from the West Virginia National Guard said their goodbyes to family and friends and departed for pre-deployment training in Texas. In the coming months, these men and women will join forces with soldiers from Ohio, North Carolina, and South Carolina to make a team of 4,200 that will travel to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
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West Virginia Tourism commercials win national award

 

On Tuesday, the West Virginia Tourism Office announced that their new television commercials took the industry’s top honor at the U.S. Travel Association’s recent Mercury Awards. The Tourism Office and its renowned “Almost Heaven, West Virginia” campaign was recognized by the National Council of State Tourism Directors in the category Broadcast Advertising: Television. The TV commercials aired in 2018 and were viewed more 40 million times. The spots beat out Visit California’s “Kidifornia” campaign and Travel Michigan’s popular “Pure Michigan” spots. [Read More]

 

Governor's Annual Civil Rights Day ceremony celebrates equality in West Virginia

 

On Wednesday, the West Virginia Human Rights Commission held the Governor's 16th Annual Civil Rights Day Ceremony at the State Capitol in Charleston to celebrate and honor several individuals. Gov. Justice also signed a proclamation, officially declaring the day as "Civil Rights Day" across all of West Virginia. [Watch Video] [More Photos]

Gov. Justice, others celebrate 101st birthday of space program pioneer Katherine Johnson

 

On Monday, Gov. Justice – along with Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs Executive Director Jill Upson and others – sent happy 101st birthday wishes to trailblazing NASA mathematician and West Virginia native Katherine Johnson. [Social Post]

Gov. Justice announces $2.1 million in Child Advocacy Center grant awards across WV

 

On Tuesday, Gov. Justice announced that he has awarded $2,149,670 in Child Advocacy Center Grant Program Funds to 22 projects. These funds are awarded to local non-profit Child Advocacy Centers throughout the state to address the growing problem of child abuse and neglect. The recent awards are focused on a multi-disciplinary response to investigation, treatment, and prosecution of child abuse cases by providing services such as advocacy, education, forensic interviews, evaluations, and referrals. [Read More]

Chemical warfare assessment concludes at Camp Dawson

 

Last Friday marked the final day of Chemical Biological Operational Analysis – or CBOA – at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, where a variety of companies presented new technology created for chemical warfare environments. Volkstone training center proved an ideal location for the products to be assessed by war-fighters in realistic combat scenarios, including room clearings, decontamination, and chemical attacks under fire. [Watch Video]

Army Combat Fitness Training Test administered at Camp Dawson

 

Camp Dawson was also busy, this week, hosting training for soldiers to learn the requirements of the new Army Combat Fitness Test. The current Army Physical Fitness Test will be phased out, beginning in October. Soldiers from all over the West Virginia Army National Guard participated in this week's training, which is designed to teach soldiers the details of each event, from proper postures to how to grade the actual event. [Watch Video]

WVDOT provides update on secondary road maintenance work across the state

 

In the five months since Gov. Justice announced his Secondary Road Maintenance Initiative, progress fixing West Virginia's road system has ramped up in all 55 counties. This week, the Department of Transportation highlighted the work accomplished so far and discussed what still lies ahead. [Watch Video]

Business listening tour wraps up in northern panhandle; to continue in Kanawha County

 

Last Friday, Department of Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch wrapped up the latest leg of his business listening tour in the northern panhandle, with trips to Touchstone Research Laboratory in Ohio County and Sledd Co. in Wheeling. This latest section of the tour included meetings with the Business Corporation of the Northern Panhandle and the Regional Economic Development Partnership. Next week, the Secretary's tour will continue into Kanawha County, with scheduled stops at construction and automotive businesses in Clendenin, St. Albans, and Sissonville scheduled to take place on Tuesday. [Read More]

WV business owner highlights importance of upcoming HHOMA Minority Business Expo

 

Recently, West Virginia business owner, Marlene Hackett, spotlighted the West Virginia Minority Business Expo that will be coming to the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center in October. The annual event, now in its sixth year, is hosted by the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs and encourages business development in West Virginia and the inclusion of historically under-represented communities like women, veterans, minorities, and more. [Watch Video]

West Virginia Office of Energy officials preview 2019 Governor's Energy Summit

 

On Tuesday, leaders with the Office of Energy, under the Department of Commerce, highlighted the upcoming Governor's Energy Summit. Set in October, the Summit will bring hundreds of individuals from the Mountain State and region together to discuss West Virginia's expanding energy industry, including discussions on both fossil fuels and renewables. [Watch Video]

Patriot Guardens Honeybee program continues to grow

 

On Wednesday, beekeepers with the Patriot Guardens Honeybee program performed basic hive maintenance on hives at the Apple Project site in Muddelty. Currently, the Honeybee program has around 800 hives across eight locations in the state, including the West Virginia National Guard's Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy and the program continues to grow. [More photos]

Gov. Justice celebrates the start of Bear Firearms Season in southern West Virginia

 

On Tuesday, Gov. Justice reminded West Virginians in the southern part of the state that bear firearms season opened this week in Logan, McDowell, Mingo, and Wyoming counties. The season runs through Sept. 15 and hunters are still able to apply to receive a license. [Social Post]

Ginseng digging season set to begin in West Virginia

 

On Monday, the West Virginia Division of Forestry offered a reminder that this coming Saturday, Sept. 1, marks the beginning of legal ginseng pulling season. A law introduced in 2018 requires all diggers to provide a government-issued photo identification to sell their ginseng to a registered dealer. Fines for violating the law can range from $500 to $2,000 depending on the nature of the offense. [Read More]

WVDEP hosts outdoor learning experience for Fayette County Girl Scout Troop

 

Last Friday, officials with the Department of Environmental Protection's Youth Environmental Program created and organized an Outdoor Learning Experience for Fayette County Girl Scout Troop #1895. This program was designed to help the troop earn badges about environmental topics and ways to participate in environmental projects in their communities. In addition to creating the program, the WVDEP officials taught about the Leave No Trace initiative and guided the scouts on a nature hike. [More Photos]

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