The State Journal's Decision Makers
View Chamber President Steve Roberts' comments (segment 4) on the 12/14/14 edititon of Decision Makers.
Steve Roberts: Chamber Believes Signs of Renewed Commitment to W.Va's Future Present this Thanksgiving
Charleston, W.Va. – We now know that just over two weeks ago thousands of West Virginians went to the polls and strongly indicated a desire for state government to be operated differently than in past decades. The West Virginia Chamber has long been the lead advocate for the belief that job creation is the linchpin for the future of the Mountain State. Without good-paying jobs, there is nothing to drive the train of economic growth.
The West Virginia Chamber has enjoyed meeting with the new leadership of the West Virginia Legislature. Suffice it to say, they get it! The new legislative leaders strongly agree with the Chamber’s core belief that without quality jobs, a good education for our children and an everyday commitment to bolster the image of the state, a turnaround in our situation is just not going to happen.
Since the election, I have been approached by a large number of people who have, without prompting, said to me, “Are you thinking that we in West Virginia have a future … a new outlook for all segments of our state? My answer to them is a resounding “yes.”
The Chamber and our member companies look forward to working cooperatively with all members of the WV Legislature when the 82nd Session opens on Wednesday, January 14. The upcoming 60-day session will be insightful to whether large numbers of the House and Senate are open and willing to work together for the future of our great state. We have met with the new leadership and it appears this will be the case.
The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce is more committed than ever to finding ways to make our state irresistible to businesses that want to expand their current operations and for those that are looking for a new home. Wouldn’t it be great one day to hear other states say, “I wish we were like West Virginia?” I am more convinced than ever that day is now possible. Let’s all join with this Legislature and their new leadership to generate policies that create new jobs, develop a dynamic education system for our children that will ensure their future in West Virginia, and find innovative ways to enhance the quality of life for all West Virginians.
Thanksgiving Day is a day to be thankful for what we have. This Thanksgiving offers the promise of a better, stronger future for all of us in our beloved West Virginia.