The Times West Virginian

December 31, 2013

Chamber Legislative Breakfast set for Friday

Chance for businesses, officials to meet

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Breakfast allows local businesses and elected officials to meet one-on-one and hear from each other.

The chamber is hosting its 2014 Legislative Breakfast Friday at 8:30 a.m. at Colebank Hall on the shared campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College. The event has been held annually for 20 to 25 years, said chamber president Tina Shaw.

“We host this event to give our members and residents of Marion County an opportunity to talk to Marion County’s delegation prior to the legislative session beginning,” she said.

“It gives them a chance to discuss what they feel are important business issues.”

The Legislative session starts Jan. 8 in Charleston, and Fairmont’s Legislative Breakfast will bring the state delegation together before they go back to Charleston, Shaw said.

Marion County Delegates Mike Caputo, Linda Longstreth and Tim Manchin; Sen. Roman Prezioso, who serves Marion County; and Sen. Bob Beach, who serves Marion and Monongalia counties, will be in attendance.

“It’s a win-win because the delegates are there to listen to the concerns of our members and the community, and it allows the community and our businesses to hear what are the important items on the agenda of our delegation,” Shaw said.

Lisa Dooley, executive director of the West Virginia Municipal League, which represents all the cities and towns throughout the state, will be a special guest at the event.

She will tell the members some of the Municipal League’s priorities for the next year. The chamber has invited all the mayors from Marion County to attend so they can meet with Dooley.

Attendees also get to enjoy a full breakfast.

Shaw said people look forward to the Legislative Breakfast every year, and the event always draws a large crowd. Marion County’s elected officials are very generous with their time, and often stay after the breakfast to talk with the Marion County business community.

“It’s just a great opportunity,” she said.

Fairmont State University is the premier sponsor of the event. Other sponsors include the Marion County Commission, Marion County Democratic Party, Mon Power, MVB Bank, WesBanco, WesBanco Insurance and West Virginia High Tech Consortium Foundation.

The cost for chamber members is $15, and nonmembers pay $25. Reservations are required, and the deadline is Thursday morning. To RSVP, call the chamber office at 304-363-0442 or email Shaw at tms@marionchamber.com.

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