Commentary

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11/14/2019

West Virginia is seeing some notable growth in employment and workforce participation. The state Chamber of Commerce, citing state figures from Workforce West Virginia, said the state has added 19,000 jobs from October 2018 to October 2019. Specifically, 763,000 West Virginians were working last month compared with 744,000 the same month of the previous year.

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9/23/2019

In a global economy, trade is king and often the centerpiece of international disagreements between nations. Because strength is often tied to a nation’s ability to export goods, trade agreements can either bond countries together or act as the catalyst for war.

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6/7/2019

West Virginia celebrates its 156th birthday next week, and there is much to celebrate. Since April 2016, West Virginia has added more than 21,000 jobs, had the eighth highest GDP growth in 2017 and had the 19th highest in 2018.

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5/20/2019

Last week, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce released its report on the state of public education. Those findings should also be part of the fact-based dialog.

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5/10/2019

The work of the West Virginia Legislature to diversify and improve the economy for working West Virginia families is showing positive results. Seventeen thousand new jobs have been created in our state since May of 2016. Deliberate and thoughtful legislation has helped make progress possible.

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5/1/2019

As leaders of the West Virginia business community, every business in the state should be deeply concerned about an extraordinary legal action being driven by the Jefferson County Board of Education (BOE) to condemn the private property of ROCKWOOL Group, a global manufacturer of building insulation which is constructing a new facility in the county.

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2/5/2019

Providing a world-class education for our children is a moral responsibility. A world-class education system is the single-most important factor for a bright future of economic development and high-paying jobs.

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1/14/2019

West Virginia has turned the corner on the road leading to a brighter future. However, the journey continues and will take everyone working together to identify and remove obstacles that block any path leading to positive change for all West Virginians.

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1/6/2019

The beginning of the New Year and the upcoming legislative session bring renewed focus to our state's future and the chance to change its outlook. As we look ahead, we can't think too long about the needs and challenges we face in West Virginia without turning our attention to jobs and the economy. Both are critical components to a vibrant state and a prosperous future for our residents.

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11/27/2018

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce has spoken for business for more than 80 years. Most Chamber members are small businesses located throughout the Mountain State. In fact, Chamber members are found in each of our 55 counties and employ more than half of the state’s workforce. And I can safely report that these small businesses are very optimistic about the future of West Virginia.

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