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July is a busy month! CCAWV is hustling to finalize plans for our annual meeting held this year at the Waterfront Hotel in Monongalia County, August 9-11! Our theme “Play Ball,” is very fitting for early August in one of our “university cities!” Tony Caridi, the sports announcer for Mountaineer football will “kick” things off to a motivating start at our Sunday evening welcoming tailgate party! Join us! I think you’ll find the time well spent!

West Virginia was well represented at the NACo conference this month in Charlotte, NC. CCAWV co-hosted the WV delegation dinner of about 40 folks, including attendees and guests! As always, the conference featured great speakers and subject matter! And the networking…we were able to meet with some folks from Oregon to discuss their charter/home rule county government options!

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer with lots of outdoor activities with family and friends. But, please take a break on August 9-11 to attend the annual conference of the County Commissioners Association to be held at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown. We need you to help us make important decisions concerning County Commissions in West Virginia. Your input is very valuable. Please take care of your reservations NOW!

I look forward to seeing all of you there!

When the Fayette County Beautification Committee demolishes a dilapidated, abandoned structure, those living near the site often tell them of others in the area that should meet the same fate.

“Every time one goes down, we hear about one or two more that need to go,” said Angela Gerald, project director for the committee. “It really does look 100 percent better.”

The committee has been using one of the West Virginia Housing Development Fund’s signature programs for the last few years. To date, Gerald said her committee has razed 10 structures. Thanks to a bill passed during the 2015 Session of the West Virginia Legislature and signed into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, the program is evolving.

CCAWV’s annual conference and the State Auditor’s training is quickly approaching! This year, the conference will take place at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, August 9th through the 11th.

This year’s meeting theme is “Play Ball!” We encourage you to wear t-shirts or jerseys in support of your favorite team to the evening events.

Please plan to join us for our Sunday evening “Kickoff” reception, featuring special guest speaker Tony Caridi! We are excited to have Mr. Caridi, “the most recognizable sports voice” in West Virginia, join us! We couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to begin our program, and are thrilled he is able to join us.

The CCAWV Board of Directors and Legislative Committee convened in Martinsburg (Berkeley County) on Sunday, May 17th for their spring meeting. Berkeley County Council President, Doug Copenhaver, and council member Elaine Mauck were on hand to greet their fellow commissioners and welcome the group to lovely Berkeley County.

The spring meeting provides an opportunity to discuss the recently wrapped Legislative Session. CCAWV’s lobbyist, Steve Kominar, was there to give his prospective on the session and report on CCAWV’s legislative priorities.

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