Pillars for Progress

 

 

Competitive Business Climate

West Virginia has the lowest rate of workforce participation in the nation. A better jobs climate will lead to a creation of more employment opportunities. The West Virginia Chamber actively supports:

  • A competitive and sustainable tax system to stimulate growth and job creation that does not unduly burden business and individual investment.
  • Tax reform that eliminated property tax on manufacturing equipment and inventory so West Virginia will be in line with states that are experiencing a growing economy.
  • Market-driven solutions to rising healthcare costs for West Virginia businesses and employees to help manage and lower costs and provide access to important medical services.
  • Efficient and effective regulatory policies that truly accomplish their intended purpose without hindering job creation and growth.
  • Improvements to assure West Virginia’s legal system is fair, predictable and prompt.

 

Education and Workforce Development

Education, talent development and job retention are the keys to our state’s future, our children’s future and economic growth. The West Virginia Chamber is focused on ensuring our state’s education and workforce development systems are effective, agile, accountable and responsive to produce a competitive, drug-free and healthy world-class workforce. Achievements of these goals will require:

  • Effective K-12 public schools to prepare students for 21st Century jobs and produce a globally competitive workforce.
  • A strong community & technical college system working in sync with West Virginia employers and coordinated with public schools and higher education to develop and prepare a well trained workforce.
  • A demand-driven world-class university system engaged in fostering the success of West Virginia businesses committed to leading the nation in innovation and transformation.

 

Infrastructure & Economic Development

West Virginia must recognize that a robust economy is built on a solid infrastructure. Transportation is vital to move people and products to larger economic markets. Air service, access to high-speed broadband internet, maintenance and construction of roadways and the continuance of the state’s water and sewer enhancement program are examples to follow. The West Virginia Chamber is working with state and federal policymakers, the business community, and other stakeholders to support:

  • Development of access to locations for manufacturers and producing companies to build businesses, expand the state’s jobs base and provide West Virginians with good-paying, full-time jobs.
  • Sufficient physical infrastructure, including transportation, water and sewer, energy and broadband to meet future needs.
  • Measures to provide public safety, modern infrastructure and more opportunity; Regions and neighborhoods that are blighted and battling crime require special attention. Ongoing community revitalization is essential.

 

Good Government & Quality of Life

West Virginia must recognize that a robust economy is built on a solid infrastructure. Transportation is vital to move people and products to larger economic markets. Air service, access to high-speed broadband internet, maintenance and construction of roadways and the continuance of the state’s water and sewer enhancement program are examples to follow. The West Virginia Chamber is working with state and federal policymakers, the business community, and other stakeholders to support:

  • Safe and healthy communities: Effectively fighting crime, while working to end the cycle of addiction must continue to be priorities.
  • Holding all levels of government to a standard that is effective, efficient and transparent; West Virginians should feel confident they are protected by the “one-person-one-vote” assurance of the U.S. Constitution. To ensure that protection, an independent commission on legislative redistricting should be established.
  • Fostering community growth and civic pride; neighborhoods need sidewalks, parks and community green spaces that allow for outdoor activities and gardens that promote farm to table eating.
  • The constant monitoring and improvement of workplace and school safety.
  • A full-scale commitment to coordinated action to overcome factors affecting the health and well-being of every West Virginian; a list in which we, sadly, lead the nation:
    • Tobacco use
    • Obesity
    • Cancer
    • Heart Disease
    • Diabetes