Toney Stroud Announced as Moderator for Inaugural State of the Valley Event 🗣️

The Charleston Regional, Huntington Regional, and Putnam County Chambers of Commerce are excited to announce that Toney Stroud, Marshall University's General Counsel and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Corporate Relations, will be the moderator for the inaugural State of the Valley regional event presented by Meek’s Rental and Leasing on Wednesday, August 23 at 11:30 a.m., at Valley Park Conference Center in Hurricane. 

The State of the Valley event will bring together prominent leaders and community members to gain insight into the current state of affairs in Cabell, Kanawha, and Putnam counties. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from esteemed guests, including Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin, City of Charleston; Mayor Steve Williams, City of Huntington; Commissioner Andy Skidmore, Putnam County Commission; and Commissioner Kelli Sobonya, Cabell County Commission.

These distinguished speakers will provide comprehensive updates on their communities, unveil their priorities for the coming year, and highlight potential avenues for collaboration among various stakeholders.

H. Toney Stroud will serve as moderator during the event. Stroud's department at Marshall University encompasses more than 80 employees and converges external affairs with policy and economic development to maximize Marshall's efforts to grow Appalachia. 

Before joining Marshall University, Stroud held the position of assistant vice president at Encova Insurance, working as an attorney since 2013. In this capacity, he oversaw legal matters spanning 28 states, including litigation, contracts, regulatory affairs, and insurance coverage. He also supported the company's HR team, advised on legislative affairs, and managed external legal counsel. He served at Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC from 1998-2013. Stroud remains actively engaged in various community organizations, presently serving on multiple boards including the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce, Education Alliance, Huntington Area Development Council (HADCO), Leadership West Virginia, the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia, St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation, and River Cities United Way.

The 2023 State of the Valley is presented by Meek’s Real Estate. Register for the event at:

Current VIP sponsors include Advantage Valley, Charleston Area Medical Center, Dinsmore, Encova Insurance, Putnam County Bank, Q Labs, and West Virginia American Water. 

For more information about the State of the Valley event, including registration details and sponsorship opportunities, please visit one of the Chamber websites or contact the Charleston Regional Chamber at (304) 340-4253, Huntington Regional Chamber at (304) 525-5131, or the Putnam County Chamber at (304) 757-6510. 

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President Brad Smith to Speak at Huntington Young Professionals August Luncheon 🍽️

The Huntington Young Professionals will host their August Luncheon with guest speaker, Marshall University President Brad Smith on Thursday, August 24 from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Big Green Room.

Lunch is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Location and Parking: Joan C. Edwards Stadium 2001 3rd Avenue Huntington, WV 25703 Park in the West Lot of the stadium (main lot along 20th Street) Enter through Gate B Hit “BG” in the elevator.

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Foundation for the Tri-State 🤝

August 17 | 5 -7 p.m. | 21 at the Frederick

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WIN Event: Optimize Your Health 💚

August 23 | 5 p.m. | The Shala

Giveaway: Free Ticket to Women's Warrior Summit!

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Level Up at the 2023 Member Trade Show! 🕹️

September 23 | 5 - 7 p.m. | Mountain Health Arena

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Marshall University Receives $45 Million

for Cyber Security Institute 💻

Marshall University, building on its reputation as the premier cyber security academic institution in Appalachia and in an unprecedented move that will bolster national cybersecurity capabilities in protecting our nation’s critical infrastructure, has received a substantial investment of $45 million from the state of West Virginia.

This boost will establish a state-of-the-art Institute for Cyber Security, positioning the university at the forefront of cyber defense and research. The proposed building will house state-of-the-art cyber security technology and training programs and become the cyber locus, where industry from throughout Appalachia and the country will find training, mentoring and learn the most up-to-date cyber trends.

It is estimated there are more than 700,000 cyber security job openings in the United States alone.

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Huntington Tri-State Airport Receives

Funding to Help Plan for Future ✈️

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced the Huntington Tri-State Airport will receive approximately $1.35 million in federal funding to update its airport master plan — a planning document that guides the airport’s future for the next 10 to 15 years.

“It’s a big deal for the airport because this updated master plan is a strategic planning document that will help us to identify projects and future needs essential for us moving forward,” airport Director Brent Brown said.

Some of the funding will be used for pavement studies with other parts of the funding will be used to analyze the airports terminals.

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Members! Have You Claimed Your FREE Tickets to the First Thundering Herd Football Game? 🏈

Chamber Members! Join us and Marshall University Athletics for We Are Marshall Day on Saturday, September 2 at 6 p.m. as the Thundering Herd takes on Albany!

Members, fill out the form below to claim up to 20 free tickets to Marshall's first football game of the season!

For questions, please contact Ryan Crisp, Associate AD for Annual Giving, Ticket Sales, and Fan Engagement, at

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Marathon Petroleum and Mountwest to Host Job Fair 🤝

Marathon Petroleum and Mountwest will host a job fair on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 from 11am-2pm at the Mountwest Center for Culinary Arts. The job fair is targeted to those with deckhand training who are interested in employment at Marathon Petroleum but is also open to anyone interested in learning about what the Mountwest Maritime Academy has to offer.

A Haunted Evening at the Library Gala 2023 🎃

Join the Cabell County Public Library for a Halloween inspired Gala on October 21 at 6 p.m. Be prepared to dance the night away in your costume or cocktail attire of choice. This fabulous evening will feature great food, drinks, a live DJ, dancing and entertainment.

Funds from the Gala will support a wide variety of library needs such as programming for adults and children. Individual tickets are available for purchase in addition to sponsorship opportunities. Gala tickets are $125 per person, with corporate tables encouraged. For reservations or additional information, call (304) 528-5700.

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Special Forces to Discuss Small Business

Opportunities During Marshall Event 💼

The U.S. military spends billions of dollars each year contracting with small businesses for good and services. Individuals can learn how they can become part of that supply chain by attending the Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center’s (MAMC) Aug. 29 workshop “Doing Business with Special Operations Command” in Huntington. Ashley Farrier, director of the Office of Small Business Programs, U.S. Special Operations Command, will be on hand to explain the types of good and services the military requires, what small businesses need to do to become contractors, and specific steps they can take to pursue contracting opportunities.

The Aug. 29 free workshop will begin at 10 a.m. at MAMC Huntington, 1050 Fourth Ave. Those interested in attending are asked to register at The registration includes an option to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Farrier. 

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HIMG Surgeon Published in Journal of Robotic Surgery 🦾

Matthew Hofeldt, MD, a general surgeon at HIMG, an outpatient facility of St. Mary’s Medical Center and a member of Mountain Health Network, has been published in the Journal of Robotic Surgery.

Entitled Elective robotic partial colon and rectal resections: series of 170 consecutive robot procedures involving the da Vinci Xi robot by a community general surgeon, the journal article was co-authored by Bryan Richmond, MD, MBA, FACS, chair of the department of surgery at the West Virginia University School of Medicine-Charleston campus. 

The article details a review of 170 consecutive elective partial colon and rectal resections performed by a general surgeon. The study determined these surgeries can be completed safely and efficiently using the da Vinci Xi robot, an expandable, computer-assisted surgical system designed to seamlessly integrate imaging, advanced instruments and anatomical access. Because the da Vinci system uses minimally invasive techniques, patients have smaller incisions and faster recovery times. 

A board-certified general surgeon, Dr. Hofeldt performs a number of robotic and minimally invasive surgeries, including laparoscopic and robotic colorectal, anti-reflux/hiatal hernia, gallbladder and bariatric.

The Journal of Robotic Surgery is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to advancing the field of robotic surgery through the dissemination of cutting-edge research, technological developments and clinical innovations.

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Mountain Health Network Hospitals Nationally Recognized for Their Commitment to Providing High-Quality Cardiovascular Care 🫀

St. Mary’s Medical Center (SMMC) and Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH), members of Mountain Health Network (MHN), have again received a number of American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines achievement awards for demonstrating their commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer readmissions to the hospital.

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Public Meetings for City of Huntington

Comprehensive Plan 📃

The City of Huntington’s Planning Office has kicked off a series of community meetings to receive input on Huntington’s next comprehensive plan.

A comprehensive plan is a document that addresses the City of Huntington's land-use policy and development for the next 10 years. Specifically, the plan will address current development trends, determine a vision for how the community would like to see the city develop and provide a plan to achieve this vision. 

As the blueprint for development in Huntington, the comprehensive plan will impact neighborhoods, businesses, traffic and the environment. With input from residents, the plan also is meant to reflect the vision and priorities of residents and the neighborhoods in which they live.

West Virginia requires cities and counties to update their comprehensive plans every 10 years. This provides an opportunity to revise population and employment growth forecasts with the most up-to-date data, review existing policies to ensure they make sense for the communities they serve and write new policies that reflect priorities.


Huntington’s last comprehensive plan, Plan2025, was completed in 2013. This update will plan for the next 10 years of population and employment changes through the year 2034.

Upcoming community meetings include:

  • Downtown and Marshall University area, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at Huntington’s Kitchen, 911 3rd Ave.
  • West Huntington and Harveytown, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 2248 Adams Avenue
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