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Event is sponsored by the WV Coal Forum and Co-hosted by the following:
Chamber of Commerce of Martinsburg & Berkeley County, Jefferson County Economic Development Authority, Berkeley County Economic Development Authority, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and the Eastern Panhandle Business Association.

WHAT:          State, Regional Leaders to Discuss Importance of Coal to the Eastern Panhandle, State & Nation

WHEN:         Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 11:30am-2:00pm

WHERE:        Holiday Inn Martinsburg - 301 Foxcroft Avenue

REGISTER:     Email Joel Watts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with name, organization and number attending

According to information released by the West Virginia Division of Commerce in February, West Virginia coal exports grew by 40 percent last year, increasing from $5.3 billion in 2011 to $7.4 billion in 2012.  West Virginia coal accounted for 49 percent of U.S. coal exports in 2012. 

The West Virginia Coal Forum and the Eastern Panhandle co-hosts listed above will conduct a meeting to discuss the significance of the coal industry and coal exports to the Eastern Panhandle, our state and the nation from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4th at the Martinsburg Holiday Inn, located off I-81 at 301 Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg, WV. 

A variety of state and regional experts and policy leaders will speak at the event.  An agenda, to include speakers, will be released in the near future.  A buffet lunch will be served. There is no cost to attend the event.

Seating is limited and reservations are required.  To make a reservation please email Joel Watts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stakeholders in West Virginia’s economy – business leaders, association representatives, local legislators and policy leaders – are encouraged to attend. 

The West Virginia Coal Forum is an organization representing both labor and management in the coal industry.  For additional information, contact the West Virginia Coal Forum at (304) 957-2306, or visit the organization’s website at