Wayne Towner
PARKERSBURG - In recent years, West Virginia has made progress in becoming a more business-friendly state but officials need to remain on course and continue making policy changes that improve the state's business climate, a statewide business group recommends.
The West Virginia Business and Industry Council (BIC) is holding regional meetings this week in Parkersburg and around the state to talk with business owners and state legislators about what has been done in the past and what still needs to be done.

The West Virginia Coal Association, the Friends of Coal and the Coalition for Mountaintop Mining are joining with the Wheeling Chamber of Commerce to host a Business/Coal Forum Luncheon on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 from 11:30 – 1:00 at the WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, WV. 

The Forum will feature, Wheeling native and current Senior Vice-President, Chris Hamilton from the WV Coal Association.  Hamilton will lead an up to date discussion by prominent business and coal officials of relevant issues impacting area business and the coal industry. 

Forum topics will include Cap and Trade legislation, EPA’s action on new mining permits, severance taxes and issues affecting mining in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

For more information or to RSVP please contact Lisa Mullin at the Wheeling Chamber of Commerce by calling 304-233-2575. Please plan to attend this important meeting.