Accomplishments and Ongoing Initiatives
West Virginia Roundtable is committed to making West Virginia a better place to work and live. We work toward this goal in all of our projects and events.
Recent accomplishments include:
- Presentation to members on the status of Marcellus Shale gas exploration, and developments and potential for construction of one or more “cracker” facilities within the state.
- Forum on the status of Federal and State Regulation on coal mining and generation of electricity. This forum was widely recognized by television and print media as the first such forum not sponsored by the coal industry itself, and was widely acclaimed as an objective presentation on the extent of governmental regulation on both coal and gas industry.
- Presentation to members on the report of the Governor’s Judicial Reform Commission, featuring Commission member Tom Heywood.
- Co-sponsor with University of Charleston of a public forum with Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy, on the role of coal in the national energy plans.
- Co-sponsor with University of Charleston of a public debate with Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on the issues of coal mining, clean coal technology and the role of coal in America’s energy future.
- Presentation to members on the state of secondary education in West Virginia and strategies to improve the education process, including reform issues, charter schools and teacher issues, featuring State Board of Education Superintendent Dr. Steven Paine. This forum preceded the statewide “audit” of secondary education completed in late 2011.
- Presentation by former State Senator Lloyd Jackson on West Virginia’s Secondary Education System and its performance in Math, English and Science as compared to other states, based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress recent report.
- Founder and Lead Sponsor of the annual West Virginia Leadership Conference, now in its tenth year. The 2012 keynote speaker was William C. Taylor, founder of FAST Company Magazine and noted author on leadership topics. The 2011 conference featured keynote speaker Doris Kearns Goodwin, noted biographer of American presidents. Keynote speakers were joined by several senior leaders from within West Virginia who spoke of their personal experiences. This conference provides exposure to world class experts on the topic of leadership and networking opportunities for our future and emerging leaders.
- Prominent Private Sector Leader in development and ongoing implementation of West Virginia’s economic development strategy plan, A Vision Shared. Assists the State of West Virginia Development Office in funding European and Japanese Trade Offices to promote foreign investment in West Virginia.
- Member and Supporter of several trade groups including Business and Industry Council (BIC); Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security (FACES); West Virginians for Better Transportation (WVBT); Generation West Virginia and West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to our recent accomplishments, we have identified four key areas that we believe should be ongoing initiatives for our state. These are:
- Judicial Reform
- Responsible Government
Please use the links on the right to read about our focus for each ongoing initiative.