Economy

Workforce Development
11:38 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

W.Va. Women in Tech Conference Features First Female Space Walker

"What an amazing woman in STEM, #KathrynDSullovan @ #WVWomenTech"
Credit tweeted Kristen Perko

The first woman to walk in space was the keynote speaker at the Women in Tech Conference. Dr. Kathryn Sullivan and several other speakers met at Oglebay Park in Ohio County to talk about empowerment and technology.

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Inside Appalachia
5:45 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

W.Va. Coal Miner, Ky Distiller, Former NASA Astronaut, Mill Operator, Chef and more

In this episode, we hear from Larry Mustain, who grinds heirloom corn at his family’s mill in West Virginia.

And we'll learn more about traveling along the Bourbon Whiskey Trail in Kentucky?

We'll also talk with, Jordan Bridges, a coal miner in southern West Virginia who is worried as more and more mines are laying off workers.


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Economy
4:28 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Senate Task Force to Aid Southern W.Va. Coalfields

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  Senate President Jeff Kessler is setting up a task force as part of a push to help West Virginia's struggling southern coalfields.

On Thursday, the Marshall County Democrat announced the Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing the Economy initiative, or SCORE.

The program is based off the Shaping our Appalachian Region program, which has similar goals for eastern Kentucky's hurting coalfields.

Kessler's 13-member Senate task force will look at a variety of ways to revitalize the coalfields.

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Oil and Gas Industry
3:21 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

‘WV Host Farms’ Offers Researchers Birdseye View of Gas Drilling

Before/After screen capture of the Mark West Plant, a major mid-stream gas processing plant that's in the middle of construction in Doddridge County.
Credit courtesy of WV Host Farms

For a couple of years now an organization that bubbled up in Doddridge County has been teaming with scientists to try to get a better handle on the impacts of horizontal drilling and the ancillary processes that support it. WV Host Farms brings together landowners, researchers, students, and news reporters to take a close look at what is locally referred to as “ground zero” of Marcellus Shale fracking.

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Natural Resouces
7:53 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Ginseng Reality TV: Cultivating Conservation or Encouraging Extinction?

Frame from National Geographic Channel's new ginseng reality TV show: Smoky Mountain Money, which pits teams against each other to see who can collect the most ginseng.
Credit National Geographic

A new reality TV show that features ginseng hunting premiered this week. Smoky Mountain Gold pits four teams against each other to see who can collect the most wild-ginseng. It comes in the wake of another reality show that aired in January this year, Appalachian Outlaws. Dried ginseng root sells for 400-900 dollars a pound, and these reality shows are generating a lot of new interest in the plant.  That might be a good thing for the ginseng industry… or it might not be.

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Economy
9:51 am
Mon October 6, 2014

January Spill Boosts St. Albans' Tax Revenue

  St. Albans got a tax revenue boost from the January chemical spill as thousands of people came to the city to buy groceries and eat in restaurants.

St. Albans wasn't affected by a water ban imposed after the Jan. 9 spill in Charleston.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that St. Albans's business and occupation tax revenue increased by $30,000 in the third quarter of 2014, compared to the same January-to-March period in 2013.

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Oil and Gas Industry
9:23 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

4th Annual Oil and Gas Expo Sees More Environmental and Safety Vendors

The 4th annual Oil and Gas expo took place yesterday in Morgantown. Over 2000 attendees and 300 vendors met to discuss trade business.

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Oil & Gas
8:31 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Well Water Contamination Possible After Drilling Mishap

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Drilling for shale gas went wrong last week when operators accidentally drilled into one of their own wells that was engaged in production. The result is possibly contaminated drinking water from at least 12 homes.

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Air Quality
10:26 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Ways to Reduce Carbon Emissions and Save West Virginia Lives

A study just released explores projected health co-benefits of reducing carbon emissions. It indicates that each year, the lives of 50 West Virginians could be saved but, only if certain policies are adopted.


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Economy
4:17 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

W.Va. Economic Policy Report Outlines Job Losses

  A state economic group has calculated that 5,000 jobs have been lost in West Virginia since 2011, most of them in the state's southern coalfields.

The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy on Tuesday released its annual report, "The State of Working West Virginia."

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Transportation Plan
12:06 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Organization Looking at Ways to Improve Transportation in Fayette & Raleigh Counties

A group is working to create a transportation plan for Raleigh and Fayette Counties. The Metropolitan   Planning Organization, or MPO, is working to identify transportation investments needed to move the region forward.

The MPO office is federally and state funded but it’s made up of local governments, business leaders, and others. The group is responsible for long range transportation planning.

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STEAM
11:31 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

WVPB Builds Interactive STEAM Career Videos

West Virginia Public Broadcasting has been hard at work creating a pilot, interactive, web-video series called West Virginia STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). It's a collection of videos designed to inspire middle school kids, and arm teachers and parents with tools to help students navigate possible career options in the state.

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Small Business
9:35 am
Fri September 26, 2014

WV Small Business Director to Retire

Judy McCauley, West Virginia Small Business District Director
Credit sba.gov

The head of the U.S. Small Business Administration's West Virginia office is retiring.

Officials say Judy McCauley is scheduled to retire from the agency on Tuesday.

The West Virginia native and Fairmont State University graduate joined the agency in 1996 and has held the position of district director since April 2004.

As district director, McCauley has been responsible for the delivery of the agency's programs and services statewide. That included

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Economic Development
3:26 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

WV Economic Development Council Holds Annual Meeting in Huntington

WV Economic Development Council held their 2014 meeting in Huntington.
Credit Clark Davis

The West Virginia Economic Development Council wrapped up a two-day meeting in Huntington yesterday.

The two day meeting in Huntington focused on everything from STEM initiatives and how they affect business throughout the state to businesses that are venturing into the international markets around the world. The conference brings groups together with the hope of dining out what’s working and giving ideas for future success.

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Natural Resouces
3:53 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

A Call to Help Wipe Out Invasive Species

Oil & Gas
3:53 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

What is the Atlantic Coast Pipeline?

Possible route of the proposed 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Credit Dominion Resources

A series of informational gatherings are underway about a proposed 550-mile gas pipeline called the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Dominion Resources is sponsoring the events.

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Energy
9:22 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Appalachian Power Expands Energy-Saving Programs in W.Va.

Appalachian Power has expanded its energy efficiency programs for West Virginia businesses.

Officials say changes to the programs are making it more flexible than previous energy efficiency programs for commercial and industrial customers.

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Agribusiness
9:39 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Morgantown Talks Urban Agriculture Policy

Credit Chuck Kleine

A group called the Morgantown Municipal Green Team will host a Community Dialogue on Urban Agriculture next week.


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Employment
9:09 am
Wed September 10, 2014

The Top Five Private Employers in W.Va.

Walmart continues to be the largest private employer in West Virginia.
 

Based on the available records provided by WorkForce West Virginia, Walmart has been the state's top private sector employer since at least 1999.
 

  • Walmart
  • West Virginia United Health System
  • Charleston Area Medical Center
  • Kroger
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals

 WorkForce did not release specific employment numbers for each employer on the list.
 
     Rounding out the top 10:

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Agriculture
8:39 am
Wed September 10, 2014

W.Va. Agriculture Statisics Available On Line

Credit wikimedia

From corn to cows, a compendium of all things agricultural in West Virginia is now available online.
 
The Annual Bulletin of the West Virginia Agricultural Statistic Service is the source. It reveals that the state is ninth in the U.S. in terms of apple production and that the number of beef cattle in the state total 380,000.

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