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Without a doubt, West Virginia is one of the most important energy producing states in the country. From our world class reserves of coal to our growing output of oil and natural gas, our state has tremendous potential to help our country become energy independent and put West Virginians back to work in family-supporting jobs.

It was not that long ago that pressure from Washington, D.C., attempted to strangle all aspects of energy production and transmission in our state. Trying to keep West Virginia’s energy resources in the ground — for purely political reasons — would have helped to put West Virginians out of work, helped create an unstable state budget and made our state unfriendly to businesses that need reliable, affordable energy.

By Brittany Murray in News | November 15, 2017 at 12:15PM

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center is quickly coming to fruition, as the city continues to secure funding for the $15 million project.

“We’re probably about 45 percent completed,” City Manager Martin Howe said. “We do anticipate the soft grand opening will happen in late spring 2018.”

Wednesday, the city of Clarksburg was presented a donation of $250,000 from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to renovate and restore the historic downtown landmark.

“Dominion Energy continues to place a priority on giving-back and supporting this area,” Pipeline Operations Vice President Brian Sheppard said in a press release. “We also recognize what a historic landmark the Robinson Grand has been, and we want to ensure its success for generations to come.”

Last week’s economic development announcement of a potential $84 billion investment is a game changer for West Virginia, Shale Crescent USA and the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The memorandum of agreement marks a number of monumental projects that will accelerate economic growth for the Mid-Ohio Valley for many years to come.

It is hard to express how exciting this is. The impact of this investment by China Energy Investment Corporation will have far-reaching implications, including additional investments from a variety of downstream industries.

We believe it was only a matter of time before an announcement like this occurred due to the advantages of our region: the shale crescent of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Our advantages include:

Last week’s big announcement of a potential $83.7 billion investment from a China-owned energy company for shale gas and chemical manufacturing projects in West Virginia — assuming any or part of it comes to fruition — signals things will be different in West Virginia.

The potential investment and the new manufacturing, jobs and revenue that could come with the memorandum of understanding signed between China Energy and the West Virginia Department of Commerce would be a huge boon for a region that could use a big economic boost.

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