The West Virginia Business and Industry Council (BIC), and the Eastern Panhandle Business Association (EPBA) will co-host a regional business policy forum on August 12, 2015. The objective of this forum is to create a legislative action plan that removes the roadblocks to economic development and job creation by bringing policy makers together with members of the business community of the Eastern Panhandle.
WV Attorney General Patrick Morrissey, WV Senate President Bill Cole, and WV House Speaker TIm Amstead will participate.
The EPBA is an independent, non-partisan political action committee that strives to protect, preserve and advance free enterprise’s goals of economic freedom and opportunity. Founded in 1991, we work for a stronger West Virginia by striving to improve the business climate of our state in general, and our panhandle in particular.
Our membership is composed of business and community leaders who understand the central role that business plays in job creation, economic prosperity and the quality of life of all citizens. We also understand that the Eastern Panhandle is an important economic engine of the state, and that our voices need to be heard loud and clear in Charleston. To this end, we:
Identify issues of interest to the business community;
Work closely with our local legislative delegation to address those issues;
Assist in the crafting of enabling legislation and consensus building;
Monitor and report on status of all proposed legislation of interest; and,
Lobby members of the legislature appropriate to the issues at hand.
We also seek to influence, directly or indirectly, the nomination for election, and the election, of those candidates to West Virginia state and local elective office which we deem to be in general agreement with the purposes and objectives of EPBA. To determine which candidates are best suited to advocate for the principles for which we stand, we invite them (through a rigorous questionnaire and interview process) to provide us with their stance on our major issues, then endorse and financially assist only those candidates who are supportive of the outcomes we seek.
To join the Eastern Panhandle Business Association one needs to either be involved in the business community or an individual who respects the very important role that business plays in the daily lives of everyone. The Association is made up of business owners, employers and employees; lawyers; CPAs; politicians of both major parties; retirees from business, government, education and other careers.