Beckley-Raleigh County
Chamber of Commerce
245 North Kanawha Street
Beckley , WV 25801
304-252-7328

Something for Everyone, 3 Days of Fun, Appalachian Festival 2014

Looking Forward to Seeing You in Beckley
August 22-24, 2014

Appalachian Festival






Featuring 50th Annual Appalachian Arts & Crafts Fair






Congratulations and Welcome New Member
Mountaineer Automotive, Beckley


thank you for inviting us to be a part of your EXCITING Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Celebration and we appreciate your support for BRCCC and our community

Mountaineer Automotive, New Automotive Dealer In Raleigh County, newest Ford and Mitsubishi Dealer in Raleigh County

615 Eisenhower Dr. Beckley, WV / 304-256-7400

This long standing Ford and Mitsubishi dealership recently acquired by the Dickinson Family, Donnie Holcomb and Keith Tyler Sr., renamed Mountaineer Automotive LLC, celebrated with a ribbon cutting and an exciting afternoon with friends from the community.

The Celebration will continue throughout the entire month with food and drinks each Saturday. Guests can register for door prizes each day with a grand prize, big screen TV, to be given away at the end of August.

“Our goal is to make our guest feel like family when they leave our lot. If they have questions or concerns, I will be there for them,” said General Manager Keith Tyler. “We look forward to continuing to serve Raleigh County and the surrounding areas.”





Thank You NCCC Team for Making Raleigh County Shine!



Serving Appalachia’s Future One Community at a Time


Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Raleigh County Make It Shine Committee, in partnership with the Appalachian Coal Country Team (ACCT)  hosted a National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Team in Beckley WV.

NCCC Teams consist of young men and women, 18 to 24 years old, and each team consists of 8 – 12 members. All members have earned their place on an NCCC Team by demonstrating a commitment to serve their community and to develop practical skills. Hosting a NCCC Team gives us an opportunity to bring to the community a team of young, driven individuals who are committed to making a difference.

The NCCC Team worked in Beckley on improvements to New River Park Complex and Wildwood House Museum.

The team worked at New River Park/Exhibition Coal Mine. Their first task at hand was to assist with the building of a new drainage ditch at the park. Water runs off the hillside and is causing mass erosion. There is an existing ditch, but it is not sufficient enough to handle the flow of water. The new ditch line will be filled with decorative rock and the excess run-off will be directed to an existing rain garden.  The Team then moved to the Wildwood House Museum to work on painting the historic home of Beckley's founder, General Alfred Beckley.
 
We welcome the team to our community and appreciate their hard work in making Raleigh County Shine!

Thank You,
Raleigh County Make It Shine Committee

The mission of the ACCT is to assist rural communities impoverished by environmental degradation and its consequences in making their home-place-watersheds healthier places to live and work. The ACCT is supported by an innovative partnership among the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), concerned with environmental reclamation; AmeriCorps VISTA, concerned with poverty; and by local community improvement/watershed groups. The ACCT began placing determined, college-trained men and women for a year of service in rural mining communities in 2001. OSM/VISTAs work directly with community members to build local capacity, encourage environmental stewardship, enhance outreach and education, engage in economic development and assist in the professional development of OSM/VISTAs and their sponsoring organizations. With its Support Office in Beckley, WV, the ACCT works throughout seven Appalachian states (Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia) and is sponsored by Conservation Legacy
.



Beckley Area Foundation Permanent Endowment Level Reached
for Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial
with Check Presentation to Miners Legacy Fund

Endowment for Raleigh County Miners’ Memorial

— The Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce is building a new permanent endowment at the Beckley Area Foundation in conjunction with the installation of a memorial to the miners who lost their lives in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. The memorial marker is located on Main Street near the Raleigh County Courthouse in Uptown Beckley, WV.

 Income from the Beckley Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce – UBB Miners’ Legacy Fund shall be used to enhance and maintain the memorial honoring miners involved in local mine disasters, or for other projects that either preserve the history or educate the public about local mine disasters and the role miners and the mining industry have played in Raleigh County.

Existing memorial markers for the Eccles mine tragedies of 1914 and 1926 and one relating the history of Beckley have been mounted on granite bases beside the newly purchased marker for Upper Big Branch. The community is invited to attend the unveiling.

The BRCCC has donated $2,900 toward the creation of this permanent fund at BAF. As 29 miners died at Upper Big Branch, the number holds special significance in building the endowment. While anyone may make additional contributions in any amount to the fund, it would be particularly appropriate to donate $2,900 or $290 or $29 or 29 cents.

The goal is to reach the Foundation’s $10,000 required minimum for a named fund as quickly as possible. All contributions will be invested and generate income year after year. This will ensure that there will be money available to maintain the memorial marker in perpetuity as well as underwrite education efforts dealing with mining in Raleigh County.

Mick Bates, a past chair of BRCCC, initiated the Chamber’s efforts to raise money for this project. He noted, “The dedication ceremony and the creation of the permanent endowment will honor the fallen miners and recognize those who continue to mine coal and provide electricity for the nation.”

Those who wish to make contributions to the endowment should make checks payable to BRCCC-UBB Miners’ Legacy Fund, and hand deliver or mail to Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main St., Suite 203, Beckley, WV 25801.

Donations made in memory of specific individuals will be listed in the Foundation’s annual report.

Contact the BAF office at 304-253-3806 or susan@bafwv.org if you need further information.

Read more in The Register-Herald Newspaper
 
Watch check presentation ceremony on YouTube





Have You Been to New River Park Lately?


BRCCC Raleigh County Make it Shine Committee, City of Beckley, other area businesses and organizations are in the process of discussing / planning upgrades, renovations, new additions to the New River Park complex in Beckley. Some new developments that you may have already noticed have been made in and around the New River Park City Pool area. You might have even seen the new playground area near the pool.



Cutting the ribon, left, to open a the new Big Toy at New River Park in Beckley were representatives of the organizations responsible for the project. Pictured from left, are, Denise Southern Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce; Dawn Dayton, Mac’s Toy Fund; Lynn O'Brien, Ellen Taylor president and CEO of the Beckley Chamber; Sherrie Hunter, Co-Chair Raleigh County - Make It Shine; Susan Landis, executive director of Beckley Area Foundation; Mayor Bill O’Brien, Matt Durnan; Jeremiah Johnson, co-chair Raleigh County Make It Shine; Leslie Baker, New River Park director; Bill Richmond, Beckley Area Foundation; Mike Cavendish, Beckley Area Foundation; and Kip Buchanan, Chamber of Commerce.


Officials unveil new ‘big toy’ at New River Park
By Jessica Farrish Register-Herald Reporter

High spirits, sunshine and blue skies made for a perfect summer day Thursday at New River Park, where Beckley Mayor Bill O’Brien, Beckley Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ellen Taylor and others dedicated a new piece “big toy” on the playground.

“It’s an honor to be dedicating this wonderful set of equipment here,” said O’Brien, holding his scissors. “The kids are going to love it.”



A festive red ribbon was cut in several places by various members of the Chamber and volunteers from its Raleigh County Make It Shine Committee, including Mac’s Toy Fund President Dawn Dayton; Beckley Area Foundation Executive Director Susan Landis; Margaret O’Neal, executive director of United Way of Southern West Virginia; Sherrie Hunter, co-chair of the Make It Shine Committee, Cindy Worley, Kenny and Marcia Dunlap and several others.

“They’re all partners in this effort,” Taylor said of Raleigh County Make It Shine (RCMS), BAF, Mac’s Toy Fund, the Carter Family Foundation, the City of Beckley and other organizations involved in the project.

The Dunlaps’ visiting grandchildren, Molly, 6, Mitchell, 5, and 3-year-old Meredith Dunlap, all of the Huntington area, wasted no time in trying out the new equipment.

“I like it,” Molly announced, adding that “the screws” for skipping were her favorite.

Mitchell pronounced the rock-climbing wall the best feature.

“And you can go under it,” he informed reporters.

Meredith enjoyed “the two slides,” she said.

Designed by architect Bill Mechnick of Landscape Design in Charlottesville, Va., the big toy features a rock-climbing wall, slides, monkey bars and “screws” in the ground for hopping. It’s the first piece of a community effort to beautify the park for tourists and for locals.

BAF’s Landis reported the new playground, located adjacent to the pool concession building, started as a vision of Make It Shine. BAF, the Carter Foundation and Mac’s Toy Fund donated monies to purchase the equipment, and BAF donated more money for the building of the toy.

Dawn Dayton, president of Mac’s and a member of the RCMS committee, said the 80-year-old Mac’s organization focuses primarily on collecting and distributing toys for needy children at Christmas.

Mac’s board members decided to use surplus funds to give Beckley children the summertime gift of the new playground.

“It’s important that they get out in the fresh air,” she said, adding that the park is a free recreation that the children may enjoy. “This was a good idea, we thought, to help children have a nice, safe place to play.”

Landis added that Mechnick did much of the work as a gift and that City of Beckley came on board with workers who prepared the site and assembled the equipment.

Landis added that plans are also in place to add picnic tables to the area of the park close to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and to build additional playground equipment across from the pool.

Plans are also in place to build a deck with umbrella tables across from the concession stand building and to change the fence around the pool so that parents who are supervising their kids may have some shaded areas while still being inside the fenced pool area.

Umbrella tables are on the horizon for the pool area, too, she said.



Hunter, education director of the Raleigh Solid Waste Authority, said her organization will be partnering to create a “state of the art” rain garden for the hilly area of the park.

A beautification and renovation plan is under way, but a timetable has not yet been set, Landis said.

A renovated New River Park isn’t just good for locals who enjoy the pool, playground and trails, but it also sends a positive message to tourists who are visiting the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine at the park, Landis reported.

“When tourists come in, we want to project a good picture of our community,” said Taylor.

The event was organized by Joe Guffy, information coordinator for the Chamber.

— E-mail: jfarrish@register-herald.com

Read Article in The Register-Herald Newspaper



Congratulations First Response Restoration, Beckley Office
Grand Opening Celebration



Welcome to the neighborhood. Very interesting learning about all of the services you can offer those in need of restoration services. thank you for inviting us to be a part of your celebration.

more info on First Response Restoration, Beckley Office
1514 South Kanawha Street, Beckley WV 25801
304-894-8534 / 866-320-3785 / fax 304-894-8535
http://www.firstresponsewv.com/




New 2014 Membership Directory & Guide to Raleigh County Has Arrived
Pick Up at BRCCC Office or Deliveries to Member Businesses Made Soon





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Thank You To All Member Businesses for
Your Continued Support and
Community Activity Into 2014