Championing Marion County Businesses
The Marion County Chamber’s Governmental Affairs and Economic Development divisions help the county’s businesses prosper by advocating for legislative changes that enhance the business environment and partnering with other local organizations to improve the local economy.
Governmental Affairs Division
This division’s objectives include communicating business positions on legislative issues to elected officials, offering guidance for monitoring business legislation and serving as a liaison between government and the local business community. The MCCC works in cooperation with the small cities in Marion County to find way of improving services and reducing the costs associated with those services. Although our country is struggling through difficult economic times, the communities in our region continue to grow. We will only realize our potential by working together. The Governmental Affairs Division supports legislation covering a variety of subjects:
In addition, the MCCC Board of Directors approves a Legislative Agenda each year and works closely with state elected officials on legislative issues.
Economic Development Division
From entrepreneurs starting small businesses to large corporations, the Marion County Chamber of Commerce provides business owners and executives with the information and support they need to make informed, critical decisions on location, infrastructure, job creation and retention, training and financial assistance. Current and proposed economic development projects in Marion County include:
Palatine Park – Marion County opened its doors to the new Palatine Park in June 2014. Highlighted by a free Splash Park for children, the park now features restrooms, playground equipment, picnic tables all set on a beautiful riverside. The newly rebuilt stage on the riverfront hosts weekend events from April through October of each year.
I-79 Gateway Connector – This innovatively designed highway connecting downtown Fairmont and Interstate 79 makes the downtown area, especially the riverfront, a very attractive market for private development.
Fairmont State University – The university is moving forward with numerous developments laid out in its 10-year Facilities Master Plan, which included the recently completed $15 million Enginerring Technology Building.
I-79 Technology Park Expansion – Expansion continues at the West Virginia High Tech Park. The WVHTC Foundation recently constructed two new facilities that boasts more than 125,000 square feet of Class A office and laboratory space, as well as two 2,300-square-foot roof gardens.
Downtown Revitalization Plan and Riverfront Development – A mixed-use plan designed to cater to business, recreational housing and commercial interests, this calls for condominium style housing, a hotel and conference center, walking trails and a marina. Fairmont Southside was selected as one of the first Blueprint Communities in West Virginia, this neighborhood is an emerging community with eclectic roots. The 18-block area directly adjacent to downtown will link the city center to the Fairmont Avenue Business District and the Gateway Connector. Administered through the Main Street Fairmont program, Southside is in the process of engaging business owners and residents in the development of this new community.