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August 14, 2008

A strong ‘heartbeat’

Marion County Chamber of Commerce excited about further development

FAIRMONT — “The chamber is the heartbeat of every community,” Gov. Joe Manchin told a crowd of approximately 375 people during the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s 55th Annual Dinner.

Members of the business community gathered at Fairmont State University’s Falcon Center Thursday night for the event, which also serves as the chamber’s annual meeting. A reception in the Colebank Hall Gym led up to the dinner and program.

Fairmont General Hospital was the Platinum Sponsor this year. Gold, silver and bronze sponsors also provided support for the event.

The chamber’s events committee, which Jennifer Weist chairs, and an annual dinner committee worked all year to plan the meeting, which is known as a premier business event for Marion County. This is organization’s biggest event of the year, and the chamber always expects a large crowd.

Manchin, who served as the keynote speaker, spoke of “the vitality and vibrancy of this area.” He challenged everyone to set a goal to keep the young, talented people here.

He said it takes three things to be successful: a product, value and serviceability. A lot of opportunities are available in Marion County, and West Virginia has more people with life experiences than anywhere in the country, Manchin said.

“I believe in you more than you believe in yourself,” he said. “I am so proud of each and every one of you.”

“I believe in our state.”

The gala-type evening also highlighted some of the chamber’s initiatives and major achievements during the past year.

“Our No. 1 goal this past year was to find a way to get the Gateway Connector completed,” Tina Shaw, president of the chamber, said.

She said the chamber knew that the completion of the Gateway Connector project would lead to further development in the area.

“We have so much to be thankful for in Marion County,” Shaw said. “Great things are happening in Marion County, and there’s a lot more to come.”

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