November 30, 2017
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Legislative Agenda 2018

With the next legislative session almost upon us, the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing our legislative platform. The Board of Directors recently approved a new policy to assist Chamber members in advancing their issues and gaining the support of the Chamber. Below you will find the steps one should take in order to have their legislative idea endorsed by the Chamber:
  1. We are seeking input from our members on legislative issues important to them through this survey (Click here);
  2. Any issue submitted on the survey will be reviewed by the VP of Governmental Affairs (GA);
  3. An issue not submitted on the survey can be submitted directly to the VP of GA;
  4. The VP of GA will review the issue and will consult with the member submitting the issue and suggest a course of action;
  5. The issue or draft legislation, as established above, will be presented to the GA committee for review, suggestions, amendment, etc.;
  6. If accepted by the GA committee, the issue will be returned to the member for development of draft legislation or if already in draft legislation form, will be sent to the entire membership for comment;
  7. The GA committee will review the draft legislation and comments for recommendation to the Board;
  8. The Board will approve or deny the proposed bill for inclusion on the Chamber Legislative platform and if approved, promote passage of the proposed bill.
All legislative issues and ideas are to be presented to the VP of GA, Eldon Callen via email

Important Upcoming Governmental Affairs Events

Legislative Launch Breakfast:
Issues and Eggs

Our legislative Launch: Breakfast and Eggs will be held December 6, 2017 will be a great introduction to this process. This event will be hosted by the Governmental Affairs committee of the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce.

Our State Legislators (6 Senators and 7 Delegates) who represent our area will be invited to join us. This is the time to talk over our issues with our State representatives as they prepare for the 2018 Legislative Session.

There will be registration, breakfast served and a networking period from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. From 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. we will have the program.

Dat e : Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Time : 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Place: Courtyard by Marriott
           460 Courtyard Street 
           Morgantown, WV 26501

Fees: $20.00 - Chamber Members
          $30.00 - Non-Members

Your attendance is valuable for the success of these events and future events.
We encourage all our members to participate!

Mon County at the Legislature


Monongalia County Day at the Legislature in conjunction with Preston County is an opportunity for individuals from both counties to meet with our Legislators, department secretaries, and other department heads to address issues that our counties share. We will have a bus leaving from the Mountain Line Depot at 6:00 am. Upon your arrival at the Capitol, please be prepared to clear a security checkpoint (this is new). Breakfast will be provided by the organizers from Preston County in the Capitol Rotunda from 8:00 am to 10:30 am. From 10:30 am until 12:00 pm we aim to have small group interactions with local Legislators and committees. Lunch will be provided from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm by the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce. From 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm there will be a meeting with Legislative Leaders and the Governor. The bus is set to leave Charleston promptly at 4:00 pm. 

If any individuals have specific concerns we ask that you contact our VP of Governmental Affairs, Economic & Community Development, Eldon Callen, at the information below. We will only schedule meetings with specific leaders regarding the concerns that have been shared with us.

Display tables are available at the Capitol. We ask if you are interested to contact us immediately as these opportunities are limited. For more information we ask that you again contact Eldon Callen

Dat e : Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Time : 6:30 am - 6:30 pm

Place: The bus will be leaving from the upper gravel lot at the Mountain Line Bus  Depot located at 420 DuPont Road, Morgantown WV, 26501 (Westover) at  6:00 am. Parking will be free in this lot area.

For those who plan to transport themselves to the Capitol, we will meet at Capitol Rotunda for Breakfast starting at 8:00 am.

Fees:This is a free event.  We just ask that you RSVP so we can have a head-count for the bus, and a sense of who to set-up meetings  specifically for, is addressed at registration.  

Contact Eldon Callen today to reserve your seat on the bus and to set up meetings.

Welcome to our Newest Members

FEOH Realty, LLC

Osher Lifelong  Learning Institute at WVU 

Appalachian Oral Surgery Center 

Claudio Development Co. 

TwoPointO LLC 

The Crossings at Morgantown 

Mountaineer Technology Consultants, LLC 
WDTV Channel 5 & WVFX FOX 10

Koval Building Supply 
Texas Tea Fuel Services 

Comcast Business Services 

Finish Line Motors

Davis Kitchen and Tile, LLC
Mon County BoE 

Suncrest Dental Group 

West TV

Morgantown Disposal

Ken Weiss

Individual Member

Business News
by Ryan Cox on Nov 27, 2017

- Allied Van Lines, Inc., one of the world's largest moving companies, is pleased to announce Central Van & Storage, Inc. with locations in Pittsburgh, PA, Charleston, WV, and Morgantown/Clarksburg, WV the prestigious 2017 Agent of the Year award.

This premier award is given annually to the Allied agent that provides outstanding customer service and experiences growth in all aspects of their household goods moving business. Qualifying agents must have excellent quality and customer satisfaction scores along with a superior safety record. They must also demonstrate a significant increase in both hauling and booking volume year over year. This year's winner has had an exceptional year in all aspects of our business with year over year booking & hauling growth, exceptional quality, excellent Booking Quality Scores, outstanding military quality scores, driver and fleet safety performance, Peak Season Hauling recognition and claims performance.

"We are truly humbled to accept this recognition amongst a strong network of Allied agents. Our team's commitment to high standards in quality and customer service in all areas of our business kept us motivated to strive for excellence" said Gene Papa, President and CEO of Central Van & Storage, Inc. "We are dedicated to continue to deliver consistently on high quality and excellent customer service with the help of our talented team at Central Van & Storage, Inc. and the support of the Allied network. We are very proud and excited to be recognized for all the efforts with winning this prestigious award as this is our 20th year representing Allied Van Lines."

"Central Van & Storage Inc., achieved first place in every category because of their dedication and focus on customer quality and satisfaction. They consistently delivered on what the customer wanted and it shows in their scores," said Lesli Bertoli, vice president and general manager of Allied Van Lines. "We congratulate Gene and the entire team for demonstrating their commitment to providing the highest level of excellence to the customer and the move experience."

This is the first time Central Van & Storage Inc., has won the Agent of the Year Award. The Morgantown/Clarksburg location received awards for The Consumer Agent of the Year, Division 3 Most Shipments Booked and Most Improved Booker finalist. They also earned several other awards in the Operations and Quality divisions. An agent with Allied Van Lines since 1997, they specialize in local, long-distance and international moves for consumers, corporate clients and military/government personnel. For more information about Central Van & Storage, please visit

'Tis The Season for MAC's Holiday Exhibition and Sale

As the Holiday Season approaches, Morgantown's arts community will deck the halls of Monongalia Arts Center (MAC). MAC will feature two exhibitions during the month of December: the annual Holiday Exhibition and Sale throughout MAC's facilities, and Zach Montgomery's Gallery of Grief in the Davis Gallery. Both exhibitions are now open to the public during operating hours, with the former open until January   27, and the latter open until December 23. MAC will continue to accept original entries from local artists through December 3. Artists considering entry should contact m and visit for a detailed prospectus.
The Holiday Exhibit ion and Sale is an opportunity for regional artists of all disciplines to sell their artwork and for customers to find mixed-media, West Virginia-made holiday gifts for everyone on their lists.
Consider a gift for friends and family this season, and support our local creative community!
MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV. Inquiries should be directed to or 304-292-3325 .

Mon Health Medical Center Ball of the Year raises more than $100,000

The Mon Health Medical Center Auxiliary's 55th Annual Ball of the Year was more than a blast from the past. The 80s-themed, black tie affair raised $103,116 for patient care.
Proceeds will be used to purchase a modern, flexible HD videoscope to detect early bladder cancer.

"This year's Ball of the Year was one of our most successful to date," said Chris Battin, chair of the Ball of the Year Committee. "More than 20 corporate and individual sponsors and over 500 community members came together to help support cancer patients in north central West Virginia and the surrounding area."

Sponsors included:
Event: Accelerated Construction Services
Signature: Mid-A
tlantic Anesthesia Consultants
Premium: Holiday  Inn and Cerner
Platinum: HealthSouth, Dr. Andrew and Cynthia Heiskell, BB&T, Morgantown Printing & Binding, Marriott Morgantown Waterfront Place, 84 Lumber, March-Westin Company, Inc. and Russell Investments
Activity: MVB Bank, Steptoe & Johnson and United Bank
Gold: Clear Mountain Bank, Arnett Carbis Toothman, MedExpress, Mountaineer Home Medical, Huntington Bank, Harmony & ROOTS, Dr. John and Chris Battin, and Dr. Sanjay and Cheri Bharti

West TV

2017 Morgantown Jaycees Christmas Parade TV Broadcast

  Your TV commercial will be broadcast FREE
One 30-second TV commercial will be featured in the parade broadcast at no cost.
 If you want to add two more TV spots, for a total of three spots, the price will be $29.95.

Contact Information

Mike Ellis


Special Offer

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Purchase a Spark Gift Certificate or Gift Membership for the families on your list!

A one year gift membership purchased between November 21 through December 16 is only $85 or a three-month gift membership can be purchased for $40. You can also purchase gift certificates starting at $10 and up that can be used towards admission, memberships, programs or birthday parties.

Learning and playing at Spark is a great answer to the fall and winter blues, so don't forget to get a membership for your family, too!

To purchase a membership, email Christy at, call 304-292-4646 or stop by the museum during open hours.



Big things are happening at the Triple S Harley Davidson for the Holiday Hour.
For more details click on the image you wish to learn more about.


Ribbon Cutting for our Newest Member, Defense in Depth

When: Friday, December 1, 2017
           12:00 - 12:30 pm

Where: 1389 Earl L. Core Road
             Morgantown, WV 26505
We hope you can join us and help celebrate!

Business After Hours

Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place
Two Waterfront Place
Morgantown, WV 26501

Date/Time Information:
Drop by  Wednesday, December 20 anytime between 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm! 

Free to all!
We will be holding a food drive for Empty Bowls during this event 
and strongly encourage all who attend to bring something in support of this.

Event Description:
Please join us for our December Business After Hours hosted by our friends at the 
Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place.

Generation Morgantown 
Holiday Party

Bourbon Prime
2 Waterfront Pl, 
Morgantown, West Virginia 26501

Date/Time Information:
Friday, December 1, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Event Description:
We will be hosting an ugly sweater competition, so remember to wear your ugliest Holiday sweater. Prize TBD. 
  • A 50/50 raffle will also take place throughout the night; Cash only tickets can be purchased at the event. 
  • Bring an unused non-gift wrapped toy to support our toy drive, benefiting the United Way!
  • Parking will be validated, compliments of Bourbon Prime, for all attendees
  • Light appetizers will be provided, courtesy of Generation Morgantown. 
  • A table of 15 will also be reserved for those who wish to sit down for dinner following the event

Please RSVP



Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce 
(304) 292-3311 |
1029 University Avenue, Suite 101
Post Office Box 658
Morgantown, West Virginia  26505