Thank you for your participation, this was another successful year!
September 21, 2017
Upcoming Chamber Events
Sept. 30, 2017 Walk for Wishes with the Chamber of Commerce
October 6, 2017
Freedom Automotive Group
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
October 10, 2017
Ribbon Cutting/Renovation Celebration: Fairfield Inn & Suites
Oct. 11, 2017 Member Orientation:
Hampton Inn & Suites
October 19, 2017
Oct. 21, 2017 American Heart Association Walk with the Chamber
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Sept. 27, 2017

The Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce strongly supports the Road Bond Referendum

For more than a decade, your Chamber has been working for better roads and infrastructure improvements to meet our community and economic development needs. On October 7th (early voting September 22nd to October 6th),  we can vote
YES on the Road Bond Amendment and move our county, our region and our State to new levels of prosperity and growth.  For more in depth discussions on the Road Bond Referendum click on the links below.
Some of the issues raised recently against the Road Bond Amendment are discussed briefly here,
Q. Will the pothole in front of my house be fixed?
A. If you have a pothole in front of your house a NO vote will almost guarantee that the pothole will not be fixed for a number of years, unless you live on a high traffic road. The Road Bond Amendment Referendum is only a part of the larger Roads to Prosperity Plan. This plan restores current roads to an optimum preventative maintenance cycle of 3 years, rather than the 7 year cycle that exists today due to lack of funding.  A YES vote will get your pothole fixed sooner and meet our greater capacity needs.
Q. Won't my costs increase if the Bond Amendment passes?
A. There are NO new taxes or fees in this Referendum. The necessary fees and tax increases for funding the bond issue have already been enacted by the West Virginia Legislature and signed into law. If the voters approve the bonds, the benefits of an enhanced transportation system will be paid by the beneficiaries who travel the roads. This is in accordance with the benefits received principle of taxation; i.e. those who reap the benefits pay for the enhanced benefits.  
Q. Why are we borrowing to fix the roads?
A. Like anything else you buy, the longer you wait the more it will cost. The cost of waiting quickly becomes smothering when you add it up. If you drive a car in Monongalia County, you pay increased repair, maintenance and operation cost of $1,439.00 per year because of the bad roads. During the last 13 years, the cost of road construction has increased by 65%. The cost of goods and services are increased because of these same factors, which you ultimately pay.  If you compare this borrowing to a house mortgage, you would pay your rent, realize only 35 cents of every dollar you save after 13 years, and fund those costs for all the businesses you frequent.  When you add up all these costs, the 2% to 3% current interest rate for borrowing is a fraction of the pay as you go proposal. 
          We encourage our members to promote passage of this referendum to your employees.  Further, voter turnout will be critical in this election. Thus, our members can help in this effort by giving your employees time to early vote from September 22nd through October 6th.
If you have any questions or would like a presentation on the Road Bond Amendment for your employees or other groups, please feel free to contact Eldon Callen, VP Government Affairs & Community/Economic Development.
          For additional information on the Road Bond Amendment, click on the following links:

A message from the Director of Business Development & Member Services
Please be aware that on Monday, October 2, 2017 , we will be sending all our member representatives a Member Information Center login request. This email will come from our new database, ChamberMaster, and depending on your security clearance it could filter into your spam folder. Please check that location before calling the Chamber if you do not see it in your inbox by end of that business day. 

For those of you that have not already attended, please consider registering to attend our free Membership Orientation on October 1,  2017 to explore all the benefits this login in can do for you and the company of which you serve. Seating is limited, so please register today!

Welcome to Our Newest Members!

All of our members are important.  We cherish each individual membership and are doing what we can to ensure each of you feel valued.  In this newsletter we'd like to take the time to recognize our newest members.  As existing members, please take the time to welcome these businesses into our circle.  Reach out and extend a hand.  You never know who can make your business thrive.  Be on the look out for information flowing into your inbox.  We have quite a few events and opportunities popping up over the next few months.  We hope that you all stay informed and continue to stay engaged.  As always, if there is anything that we can do for you or your business, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  We are happy to help find an answer to your question.

Ali Baba Restaurant
Benton Grove Bed & Banquets, LLC
Big Brothers Big Sisters So Central WV
Compass Realty Group
Fusion Steak House
Great Lakes District Council
KEYGroup Human Resources Consulting
L&K Marketing
Make-A-Wish Northern WV
MAKO Medical Laboratories
On Eagles' Wings Therapeutic Horsemanship
Par Mar Stores
 Paw Prints Veterinary Clinic
Proven Asset  Controls
Vision Homes, Inc.
West Ridge, Inc.
Wells Home Furnishings West Virginia Family Grief Center
Wheeling Linen Services

Fall Golf Classic

We would like to thank all of our sponsors, teams and volunteers who came out to participate in the 10th Annual Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce Fall Golf Classic. 

Business News

The Morgantown Marathon is in its third year, continuing to grow each and every year. We hope to showcase our fine City and State to the world and let them know what "Almost Heaven" truly is. Is it one of the toughest courses out there? Come find out. 


2017 WVU Medicine Morgantown Marathon Weekend Event Schedule
 WVU Medicine Marathon, Half Marathon, Mountain Mama 8k, & Family Fun Run
Health and Wellness Expo
THURSDAY - Sept 21st
(Monongalia County Baseball Park)
6:00pm-8:15pm      WVU Medicine Marathon Weekend Kickoff Event - Family Friendly Fun Run/Walk, Community Kickoff event to include Family Friendly Activities, presentation of Sponsors, Video Presentation, & Entertainment
 FRIDAY - Sept 22nd
(WVU Erickson Alumni Center)
11:00am-8:00pm    Packet Pick-up/Health and Wellness Expo - WVU Erickson Alumni Center
SATURDAY - Sept 23rd
(WVU Coliseum)
5:00am-2:30pm        Shuttles Run from Mon County Baseball Stadium
5:45am-6:45am        Walk Up Registration
7:00am-1:30pm        WVU Medicine Morgantown Marathon
7:15am-10:45am     Morgantown Thirteener
7:30am-9:00am       Mountain Mama 8K
9:00am-TBD              Post Race Celebration at Tent City

Join us for refreshments and shopping from 5 to 7 pm on Sept. 28th!
Talbots will donate 10% of all pre-tax sales to GOTR of North Central WV during this event!

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Request for Development Proposals 
407-549 Beechurst

RFP Schedule:
  • RFP released: September 11, 2017 
  • Proposal due date: October 16, 2017 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time 
  • Site visits: can be made by appointment with CNRC Executive Director Angela Cline: (304) 290-8111

Brownfield Redevelopment Program

Sunnyside Up worked with the WVU Brownfields group to develop redevelopment plans for the Beaumont Glass Factory site. This property is currently overgrown and graffiti covered. The full report is ready and has been published for the public to view.

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Mon Health announces community flu shot sites

Mon Health's annual Fight the Flu campaign kicks off, with the first of 13 community flu shot sites scheduled through November 1.   The cost of the influenza vaccine is $20, and is available for anyone age 9 and older. A high dose vaccine will be available for those 65 and over.  In  addition to offering the flu vaccine, Mon Health will also offer the pneumonia vaccine for $30 (first time dose only).  Mon Health can bill PEIA, Humana, WV Medicaid, Medicare and Medicare replacement plans for the cost.   Flu is a respiratory infection caused by a number of viruses. It is mainly spread by coughing, sneezing and close contact.   Between 5-20% of people in the U.S. get the flu each year. It can be serious or even life threatening for elderly people, newborns and people with certain chronic illnesses.   Flu vaccine can help protect you from getting the flu, make the flu less severe if you do get it, and keep you from spreading flu to your family and others.   The CDC recommends individuals receive a dose of flu vaccine every fall.  

Mon Health's Fight the Flu community schedule is as follows:
  • September 23, 7-10 am: Hazel Ruby McQuain Conference Center at Mon Health Medical Center, HealthWorks at Cheat Lake and Triple S Harley-Davidson
  • September 28, 8 am - noon: Senior Expo at Mountaineer Mall
  • October 2, 11 am - 1 pm: Blacksville Senior Center
  • October 7, 8 - 11 am: Heritage Festival at Bunners Ridge Park
  • October 11, 3 - 4 pm: MAES Credit Union (Van Voorhis Road)
  • October 12, 9 am - noon: Westside Senior Center (Westover)
  • October 20, 7 - 10 am: City Neon (across from Mylan Park)
  • October 21, 7-10 am: Clear Mountain Bank in Sabraton, CMB/GlenMark at Pierpont and Dynamic Physical Therapy in Westover
  • November 1, 3:30 - 5:00 pm: St. Francis de Sales Church
For more information, call 304-285-2730 or 304-599-7358.


Experience The World Of John Michael Barone In 
Life In The Projects

John Michael Barone is an emerging name in the city of Morgantown. He is the executive director of the Artist Collective West Virginia (ACWV), an organization that works closely with Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) "to build a thriving arts community in Morgantown". His work has been featured prominently in many acclaimed ACWV/MAC exhibitions including 
Cabal of the Hidden,  an exhibition dedicated to the occult and mystical ; Royal Devotions,  a tribute show chronicling the career of Prince;  Rebel Rebel,  a thought-provoking blurring of gender lines; and  For The Love of David Bowie.  Barone's unique work is known for its incorporation of the occult, mystical and psychedelic, without losing a sense of playfulness and a love for modern pop-culture.
MAC will feature a new exhibition in its premier Benedum Gallery titled Life In The Projects, which features John Michael Barone's most popular pieces together for the first time, in addition to some new pieces. This will be available to the public from Sept 15 to October 28, 2017 during MAC's operating hours.
Monongalia Arts Center welcomes all Morgantown residents, students, faculty and tourists alike to attend the public reception, which will occur during Downtown Morgantown's Annual ARTS Walk, Friday September 22, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Refreshments and snacks will be available, and this will happen in junction with the opening reception of Transcending The Gutter in the upstairs Davis Gallery. After ARTS Walk, and the two receptions, there will be musical performances by Orville Rex and Hericide. Admission to the musical performances is $5 at the MAC Lobby Desk or online at MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquiries should be directed to or 304-292-3325.


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