Introduced Version - Originating in Committee Senate Resolution 49 History

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(By Senators Browning, Unger, D. Facemire, Helmick, Kessler, McCabe, Snyder, Stollings, Wells and Williams)

[Originating in the Committee on Economic Development]

Supporting the efforts of the Governor in developing the South Charleston Technology Park as a viable research based economic development incubator.

Whereas, for more than 50 years, the Union Carbide Tech Center, now called the South Charleston Technology Park, was arguably the top research center in the chemical industry, issuing thousands of patents which resulted in globally distributed products worth billions of dollars; and
Whereas, the UC Tech Center once employed more than 2,600, including many scientists and engineers with advanced degrees as well as a large support staff of highly skilled technicians and operators, with a mid-1990's average pay of more than $75,000 which was significantly higher than average in the state and contributed greatly to the region's economy; and
Whereas, West Virginia is in need to both diversify its economy and expand on its leadership position in energy, chemicals and related technologies; and
Whereas, in his recent State of the Union address, President Obama pledged his support for "continued investments in clean coal technologies," announcing the creation of a special task force to explore carbon capture and storage just last week when Governor Manchin, and other governors from other major coal producing states met with the President; and
Whereas, the South Charleston Technology Park has more than $200 million in existing infrastructure to rapidly move scientific discovery into the marketplace to solve environmental issues, increase our technical leadership in clean coal, natural gas and renewable energy, and create new manufacturing jobs; and
Whereas, the South Charleston Technology Park can be an economic engine for the local economy much like the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, which has created more than 43,000 high-quality jobs and attracted over 150 new companies to their region;
therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby supports the efforts of the Governor to develop the South Charleston Technology Park as a
viable research based economic development incubator and encourages all political subdivisions contained in Kanawha County to support the same; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the appropriate representatives of the political subdivisions contained in Kanawha County.

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