News & Policy

News & Policy

The WV Business & Industry Council works to keep its membership up to date on issues of importance to the employer community. Below find recent organizational news releases, news clippings, action alerts and other information relevant to our membership.

BIC Endorses 109 Legislative Candidates in 2020 General Election

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  The West Virginia Business & Industry Council (BIC) has endorsed 109 candidates for statewide and local legislative races in the 2020 General Election.

“This bipartisan list of candidates includes longtime legislators and also some who are new to public service, but all are united by a shared goal of improving West Virginia’s business climate and growing our job base,” said BIC Chairman Chris Hamilton. “We encourage West Virginia’s business community to support the candidates on this list.”

BIC Endorses 89 Legislative Candidates in 2020 Primary Election

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  The West Virginia Business & Industry Council (BIC) has endorsed 89 candidates for statewide and local legislative races in the 2020 Primary Election.

“This bipartisan list of candidates includes longtime legislators and also some who are new to public service, but all are united by a shared goal of improving West Virginia’s business climate and growing our job base,” said BIC Chairman Chris Hamilton. “We encourage West Virginia’s business community to support the candidates on this list.”

BIC Urges Justice to Sign Education Reform Bill

CHARLESTON, WV – West Virginia’s public education system will get a major overhaul following passage of comprehensive reform legislation, and the state’s business community could not be more pleased.

“The legislation that passed Monday night is an incredibly positive step forward for our struggling public education system. Our legislative leadership should be given high praise for achieving such a positive compromise,” BIC Chairman Chris Hamilton said. “House Bill 206 provides important pay raises and other financial incentives for our teachers – who will have received more than 10% in pay raises in just two years. The bill also gives local boards of educations a lot more control over their schools, and it opens the door to exciting school choice options like public charter schools.”

BIC Creates New Energy Committee and Condemns Bloomberg

Charleston, W.Va. — Energy industry leaders from the West Virginia Business & Industry Council joined Gov. Jim Justice Monday to decry an anti-coal and natural gas campaign promoted by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“We will not stand idly by while out-of-touch New York liberals try to decimate the West Virginia economy with no thought or concern about what this could do to our people and our energy security in the United States,” said BIC Chairman Chris Hamilton. “At BIC, we have created a special new committee focused on uniting West Virginia’s energy interests to create a cohesive development approach, and there is no greater rallying cry for our efforts than to unite against Mayor Bloomberg’s incredibly dangerous pledge.”

BIC Releases Education Platform

What hope West Virginia has for future economic opportunity, economic diversification and reversal of the trend of outward migration of our people is conditioned on our capacity to more fully develop our human resources – an educated and trained workforce for the jobs of today as well as the jobs of tomorrow. The transportable and flexible nature of the global economy requires us to compete not only with neighboring states, but nations across the globe for job opportunities for our people. Current and future generations of West Virginians must be prepared to take their place as part of a workforce prepared to compete for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

As state government leaders and stakeholders continue the ongoing debate about education reform, the West Virginia Business & Industry Council wants this conversation to include the perspective of employers. Our members represent some 26 different industries that employ nearly 400,000 people. We know better than anyone what capacity and skills are required of those making careers in our industries.

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