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State of the County Address

Preston County Chamber of Commerce


Contact: Kristy Ash, 304.329.0576

Chamber to host State of the County Address

Kingwood, W.Va., – May 10, 2019 – Mark your calendar! The Preston County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its inaugural “State of the County” on June 6, 2019, and it will be an evening you will not want to miss.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. Held at the KVFD Community Building, the night begins at 5pm with a Business After Hours mixer – hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.

Beginning promptly at 6pm, the “State of the County” will feature concise 5-minute briefs from numerous speakers representing the following sectors of our county’s current climate: Education, Infrastructure, Tourism, Health & Safety, Economic Development and Community & Culture. The evening will end with a 30-minute Q&A session led by Preston News & Journal Editor Joe Hauger. Each of the evening’s speakers will be invited to be part of the Q&A panel.

This fast-paced event will offer attendees updates on hot topic items including the next steps for the Preston Schools Levy Committee, available job training and continuing education programs, road legislation and repair, broadband expansion, cell tower construction, water and Rail Trail grants, CVB tourism initiatives, Preston Memorial Hospital growth, the county’s drug epidemic, EDA updates, workforce challenges, a commercial real estate overview, a County Commission update and the creation of the first Preston County Task Force.

The Preston County Chamber of Commerce is proud to organize this inaugural “State of the County” as an effort to encourage an invigorated sense of collaboration in our community so we can all see it grow and improve as we know it can



6:00 PM Welcome—Kristy Ash, Executive Director Preston County Chamber of Commerce

6:05 PM County Commission Looking ForwardDave Price, President Preston County Commissioner

6:10 PM Around the County—Samantha Stone, Preston County Commissioner


6:20 PM Levy Update and Career Technical Education (CTE) – Steve Wotring, Superintendent Preston County Schools

6:30 PM First Energy Power Systems Institute – Robin Micco, Assistant Workforce Development Representative First


6:35 PM Free Tech School Education – Senator Dave Sypolt

6:40 PM Jobs Challenge at Camp Dawson – Bob Morris, Deputy Director Mountaineer Challenge Academy


6:45 PM Roads “Randy’s Dream” – Senator Randy Smith

6:50 PM Prodigi Internet Expansion Update – Tim Wotring, Owner Prodigi

6:55 PM Sprint Cell Towers – Keith Collins, Director Wireless of Sales


7:00 PM Water and Rail Trail Grants – Amanda Pitzer, Executive Director Friends of the Cheat

7:05 PM CVB “102 Things to Do” – Susan Riddle, President and CEO Greater Morgantown CVB

15 Minute Break

Health and Safety

7:25 PM MON HEALTH Preston Memorial Hospital Growth – Melissa Lockwood, President and CEO Preston

Memorial Hospital

7:30 PM Drug Epidemic – Dan Loughrie, Sheriff of Preston County

Economic Development

7:35 PM Economic Development Authority Update and Workforce – Robbie Baylor, Executive Director Preston

County EDA

7:45 PM Real Estate Market Update – Jessica Miller Lipscomb, Owner/Realtor of Houses and More Real Estate

Community and Culture

7:50 PM County Task Force

Kerry Gnik, President Preston County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Director

Camp Dawson Event Center

7:55 PM Closing Statement

Don Smith, Preston County Commissioner

8:00 PM Panel Q&A Session

Facilitated by Joseph Hauger, Editor Preston County News and Journal and the Garrett County Republican

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