Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce

Located in West Virginia’s capital city, the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce champions economic prosperity and quality of life for Charleston and the Kanawha Valley by being the voice of business, promoting collaboration, and helping members grow. The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce advocates policies that create good-paying jobs, explore opportunities for more efficient and effective government, support innovative ways to build greater economic resiliency and back policies that attract and retain young talent.


Issues & Eggs

For more than 50 years, Issues & Eggs has served as an enriching kickoff for the legislative session and shines a spotlight on policies that promote Kanawha County business and advance economic development and growth throughout the state.

The event features the Chamber’s current-year legislative agenda as well as hearing keynote remarks from West Virginia’s legislative leadership. The Question and Answer session is the most popular portion of the event, and allows for guests to engage directly with legislators from Kanawha County and around the Mountain State.


2021 Legislative Agenda

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce takes positions on local and state issues impacting business. Our advocacy efforts help to ensure full economic prosperity and quality of life for the greater Charleston area. The Chamber works together with elected officials and industry leaders to develop new policy and recommend Chamber positions on a variety of issues.

  • Broadband
  • Chapter 30 Professional Boards Efficiency
  • COVID-19 Liability
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Fairness Act
  • Funding for Governor’s Guaranteed Workforce Program
  • Broadband
  • Chapter 30 Professional Boards Efficiency
  • COVID-19 Liability
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Fairness Act

  • Funding for Governor’s Guaranteed Workforce Program
  • Funding for Statewide Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Support Program
  • Highways, Bridges and Infrastructure
  • Inventory Tax Reform
  • Modernization of WV Lottery and Gaming
  • Neighborhood Investment Program Tax Credit
  • Restaurant and Bars

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce and Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce released a joint position paper as part of a collaborative effort to advocate key policy issues. As business organizations that include the two largest population centers in West Virginia, the Chambers believe that they can best support the metro-valley region’s businesses and communities more effectively by joining together on issues that affect their prospective regions.


Who We Are

  • Jeri Adkins, VP of Administration
  • Jordan Ferrell, VP of Communications and Development
  • Debra James, Chief Financial Officer

  • Susie Salisbury, VP of Community Development
  • Paula Sims, Executive Assistant


Board of Directors

Officers

  • Tessa White, Chairwoman
    Tessa M. White, PLLC
  • Ellen Cappellanti, Vice Chair
    Jackson Kelly

  • Adam R. Krason, Secretary
    ZMM Architects & Engineers
  • Jack Rossi, Treasurer
    Summit Community Bank

Members

  • Kenneth Boggs, N3
  • Matthew Bond, United Bank
  • Byard Matt Coleman, Pinnacle Supply LLC
  • Christy Elliott, BB&T, now Truist
  • David P. Ferretti, Spilman Thomas & Battle
  • Julia Gonzales, FJG Enterprises, LLC
  • Dickinson Gould III, Buzz Food Service
  • Allan Hathaway, The Purple Onion/WV Marketplace
  • Steven B. Hedrick, MATRIC
  • Eric Hicks, Mountain State Realty Services
  • Daniel J. Lauffer, Thomas Memorial Hospital
  • Chris Morris, CityNet
  • Chris Morris, CityNet
  • Tim O’Neal, Dow Chemical Company

  • Marcus Phillips, Kureha PGA LLC
  • Kathi Richards, Epiphany Consulting, LLC
  • Steven S. Robey, Arnett Carbis Toothman LLP
  • Martin Roth, Ph. D., University of Charleston
  • Jeff Sandene, Charleston Area Medical Center
  • John Scalzo, Appalachian Power Company
  • George Smith, O.V. Smith & Sons
  • Lyle Smith, Merrill Lynch
  • Deno Stanley, Adelphia Sports Bar
  • Diane Strong-Treister, Manpower
  • Ben Thomas, Bowles Rice, LLP
  • William E. Turner, Jr., Pison Development
  • Bob Welch, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, WV, Inc.


Affiliation

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce is an affiliate of the Charleston Area Alliance, an economic and community development organization. A small portion of Alliance member dues fund the Chamber’s advocacy for policies and reforms that drive profitability for business, growth for community and enhancement in quality of life. The Alliance was formed in 2004, merging the efforts and interests of the Business & Industrial Development Corporation (BIDCO), the region’s industrial and economic development organization; Charleston Renaissance Corporation, the downtown and neighborhood development organization and the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce, the state’s largest regional Chamber of Commerce.


Contact Us

Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce
1116 Smith Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-340-4253
Fax: 304-340-4275


Connect with the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce

Our Chamber team serves as an advocate for businesses in the Charleston and greater Kanawha Valley area. Connect with the team today.

Jordan Ferrell