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Members of CCAWV’s Board and Legislative Committee met in beautiful Greenbrier County to discuss legislative priorities for the upcoming session. Karen Lobban, Greenbrier Commission President,  welcomed members before they began  working on a full agenda. Chris Carey, of WVCoRP, gave an update on the Risk Pool, and Duane Ruggier, II Esq.  gave a presentation about handicap accessibility in WV Courthouses. The legislative committee discussed issues that will be facing commissioners and county officials in the coming Legislative Session and determined a legislative agenda, which was presented to the board for approval. In addition, the schedule was set for CCAWV’s upcoming regional roundtable discussion It was a very productive meeting, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming roundtables!

The second annual Community Leadership Academy took place at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown from October 1- 3, 2014. It was another great program and we were happy to see a good number of CCAWV members in attendance. CCAWV board member Agnes Queen was honored with the first annual CLA Champion Award for her work in promoting the program. 

This year's theme was "Preparing for Performance". In addition to a number of Plenary Intensives, led by dynamic and inspiring speakers, there were four tracks in which participants could focus: Collaboration, Local Government, Leadership, and Community Economic Strategy. In addition to all of the wonderful educational seminars, attendees were treated to speeches by WVU President, E. Gordon Gee, and Oliver Luck, WVU Director of Athletics. The fantastic culinary tour was available again this year, and once again was one of the many highlights of the conference.

Our hats are off to Kelly Nix, Robin Frost, and the rest of the WVU Extension team for putting together another truly excellent program! CCAWV is proud to be a sponsor!

Fall is here and elections are just around the corner. We’ve been super busy planning the 2014 Basic Training Program for new and veteran county commissioners November 19-21 in Bridgeport, WV. We’ve enclosed  a  registration form so you can get registered right away!

If you have a new commissioner coming in January, help us get them registered as soon as the elections are certified! (Remember as a membership benefit CCAWV covers the expense of room and registration for newly elected commissioners.) One other thing, the NACo Prescription Drug Program! Remember this program costs counties nothing, benefits your county citizens, and the endorsement fee received by the CCAWV is used to reimburse county commissions for 50% of your NACo annual dues!!! By routinely renewing interest in our program, everyone wins!

We can always tell when election time rolls around by the many signs that dot the landscape. Many of you are running for re-election, including me, and campaign signs are a big part of the process. Name recognition is a major part of campaign and keeping your name in front of people is so very important. Putting up signs is a great way to do that.

The new siding is up, and interior improvements have been proceeding on schedule. The floors have been sanded, the upstairs painting is nearly done, electrical updates have been made, and the parking lot has been repaved. There is some work that still remains to be done inside – the kitchen still has a way to go, the floors still need to be finished, bathroom counters still need to be replaced, and the landscaping needs to be tidied up.

We will keep you posted as work progresses!

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