• Welcome to the Charleston Area Alliance!

  • Yours to Create. 

  • The Charleston Area Alliance

    The Charleston Area Alliance is an economic and community development organization working toward creating a more prosperous Kanawha Valley. The Alliance is your resource for business development and community events. 


  • Upcoming Events



  • Charleston Area Alliance Staff 

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  • Matthew Ballard

    President and CEO

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  • Jeri Adkins

    Vice President, Administration

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  • Caitlin Cook 

    Communication Manager

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  • Lesli Forbes

    Downtown Charleston Coordinator, Part Time 

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  • Debbie James

    Chief Financial Officer

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  • Holly Wilson

    Director of Development & Member Services

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  • Mary Poke

    Administrative Assistant

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  • Susie Salisbury

    Vice President, Community Development

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  • Paula Sims

    Executive Assistant

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  • Cody Schuler

    Entrepreneur Project Manager

  • Socialize with us!

  • What's Happening?

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  • Annual Golf Scramble 

    Game On!

    Enjoy West Virginia's pristine scenery at Edgewood Country Club's professional course while entertaining and networking with other business leaders in the Kanawha Valley. Gather your foursome today and sign up for the 2016 Golf Scramble set for September 12.

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  • Autopods Roll Into Town

    The Pittsburgh-based company selected Charleston as its first satellite operation.

    The Alliance recruited the microtransport company through its Radical Entrepreneurial Ventures program, which is funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Visit autopods.us for more information on the triple bottom line startup.

  • Streetfest
  • Downtown Streetfest 

    The ultimate block returns September 17 featuring Qiet!

    Meet up with friends and family from 4:30 to 9 pm, along Capitol Street, between Kanawha Boulevard and Virginia Street, for live music, food and drinks, kid's activities, pop-up shops and more.  The event is sponsored by Proud Eagle and Goose Island Brewery, along with support from Tony The Tailor, the Charleston, WV Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Kanawha County Public Library.