Leadership WV makes stop in Huntington

September 22, 2018


HUNTINGTON — As Huntington turns a corner and its economy is improving now is the time to tell all the good things happening in the Jewel City, according to Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce president Bill Bissett.

Bissett is a member of Leadership West Virginia’s class of 2018, which met Thursday for Bissett a day-long session on the energy industry at the Robert C. Byrd Institute in downtown Huntington.

Leadership West Virginia (LWV) is a program aimed at growing, engaging and mobilizing leaders to work to move West Virginia forward, Bissett said.

“The great thing about being part of the group is learning about the different facets, economies and cultures of a very diverse state,” he said. “It allows you to be an ambassador for where you are from and as a person from Huntington who grew up here and a leader of the Huntington chamber it offers a tremendous opportunity to tell our story,” Bissett said. “It also allows you to learn better leadership skills, which there is rarely time to do anymore.”

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, who attended the event,-said he appreciated the opportunity to speak to leaders from all over the state.

“I want them to see the miracle on the Ohio River right here in Huntington,” he said. “Many haven’t been to Huntington, or have not been here for a several years, and we have a wonderful story to tell about all the hard work going on in Huntington and the successes we are having here.”

Kate Reed, the alumni coordinator for LWV, says the Huntington session is the sixth of eight scheduled around the state.

“We have about 55 leaders from across the state in different industries,” Reed said. “They are here today to learn about energy, specifically in Huntington, as well as getting to know the area a little better. We will also have some media training as well.”

Reed says the leadership group has been around since 1991 and exists to develop and motivate a cross-section of leaders who will use their talents and abilities to inspire others and to foster a new spirit of energy, enthusiasm and vitality throughout the state.

Topics discussed at Thursday’s session included an overview of technology innovation, oil and gas industry outlook, as well as a coal industry outlook and media training.

“We begin in March and end in November each year,” she said.

Reeds says LWV is accepting applications until Nov. 1 for anyone who wants to be a part of next year’s sessions.

“We have a statewide network of over 1,200 Leadership West Virginia alumni that targets areas of involvement and actively engages in finding solutions that will aid West Virginia’s future growth and prosperity,” Reed said. “The alumni meet to strengthen relationships developed and to maintain and build on the knowledge gained during their leadership experience. Our graduates represent a broad cross-section of West Virginians, all of whom are engaged in a variety of sectors and at various levels inventing a bright future for the Mountain State.”

For more information or to apply, visit www.leadershipwv.org.

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