July 14, 2014

Manchin Named Honorary Chairman of Rockefeller's 'Discover the Real West Virginia' Foundation

At his first event as Honorary Chairman, Senator Manchin discussed the need to improve West Virginia's transportation infrastructure

Charleston, W.Va. — As Honorary Chairman of the Discover the Real West Virginia (DRWV) Foundation, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin delivered remarks at the organization’s “West Virginia Transportation and Infrastructure Summit.” He was joined by Senator Jay Rockefeller, Founding Chairman of the organization, Congressman Nick Rahall and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. The summit examined the state of our transportation infrastructure and focused on strategic investments that can grow West Virginia's economy, ensure competitiveness, and keep our citizens safe. The summit was Senator Manchin’s first event since being named Honorary Chairman of the DRWV Foundation in April. 

“First of all, it is truly a privilege to be named Honorary Chair of the Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation and to be a part of such an important organization that promotes economic prosperity and growth across our great state. I thank my dear friend Senator Rockefeller for launching this wonderful foundation, which has created so many critical business opportunities and jobs throughout the past two decades.

“Right now, we are facing a serious transportation infrastructure crisis. If we do not come together to find a solution to this dire issue, various transportation projects in the Mountain State and all across this country will be left incomplete, which jeopardizes good-paying jobs and the safety of our commuters and travelers. Reliable and innovative transportation infrastructure not only keeps our citizens safe, but it is also critical to helping us attract the businesses that create jobs and the residents who drive economic development. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue; this is an American issue that concerns the safety of our citizens and the stability of our national economy. I thank Senator Rockefeller, Congressman Rahall and Secretary Foxx for joining me today for this important discussion.”