March 24, 2011

Thursday: Manchin to Highlight Small Businesses on Day Four of 'Our Values, Our Priorities' Week


Washington, D.C. — On Day Four of the “Our Values, Our Priorities” tour, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today will highlight the importance of small businesses to West Virginia’s economy with visits in Braxton County and at a roundtable in Charleston with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John Fernandez.

“I worked in small businesses all my life, and I know they are the job engine of our state and their importance in communities across West Virginia and to our economy as a whole,” Senator Manchin said. “Government needs to act as a partner to small businesses, rather than an obstacle. We can do that by creating certainty in our rules, regulations and tax code that will allow small businesses to make the hiring and investment decisions that are critical to their success. Helping small business and creating jobs is one of my highest priorities.”

Senator Manchin will visit Main Street in both Sutton and Gassaway, and then hold a “Coffee and Common Sense” event at the Red Rooster Café in Gassaway. In keeping with his philosophy of retail government, Senator Manchin launched his “Coffee and Common Sense” series as an opportunity for West Virginians to gather at local businesses and share their commonsense ideas, priorities and concerns. He has held numerous “Coffee and Common Sense” events across the state.

The Entrepreneurs’ Innovation Roundtable will take place at 2:15 p.m. and feature a discussion with local leaders in government, education and entrepreneurship.

In light of the ongoing budget negotiations in Washington, Senator Manchin is traveling the state this week and highlighting a different value or priority each day: creating jobs, strengthening our families, protecting our seniors, growing small businesses and achieving energy independence.

Highlights and themes for the week include:

  • Monday: Creating Jobs: Speech at University of Charleston at 10 a.m. in Charleston
  • Tuesday: Taking Care of our Children and Families: Tour of Head Start Facility, 9:45 a.m. in Dunbar
  • Wednesday: Keeping our Promises to Seniors: Major Legislative Announcement and Roundtable on Seniors Issues, 10:15 a.m. in Charleston
  • Thursday: Supporting Small Businesses: Visits to Main Street in Sutton and Gassaway, “Coffee and Common Sense” Event in Gassaway
  • Friday: Achieving Energy Independence: Visit to the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown and a Town Hall meeting in Fairmont


A public schedule follows, with possible additions later in the week.

**For Planning Purposes**

Public/Media Schedule for Senator Joe Manchin

THURSDAY, March 24

Our Values, Our Priorities: Supporting Small Businesses

Entrepreneurs’ Innovation Roundtable

When: 2:15 p.m.

Where: Room 1220, Building 2000, Dow Technology Park, 1740 Union Carbide Drive, South Charleston

What: Senator Manchin will join Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce John Fernandez, members of the West Virginia Congressional Delegation and West Virginia entrepreneurs for a roundtable discussion.

FRIDAY, March 25

Our Values, Our Priorities: Achieving Energy Independence 

Visit Westover All-Star Express

When: 10:30 a.m.

Where: Westover All-Star Express, 170 Holland Ave, Westover

What: Sen. Manchin visits local gas station to discuss high gas prices and the need for energy independence.

Visit NETL  

When: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.    

Where: U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory, 3610 Collins Ferry Road, Morgantown

What: Sen. Manchin tours NETL and speaks with officials.  

Town Hall Meeting

When: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.    

Where: Marion County Knights of Columbus, 1529 Mary Lou Retton Drive, Fairmont

What: Sen. Manchin will hold a town hall meeting to hear West Virginians’ commonsense priorities and concerns.

Second Annual Basketball Game at the Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Juvenile Center.  

When: 7 p.m.     

Where: Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Juvenile Center, 141 Forestry Camp Road, Davis

What: Sen. Manchin will participate in Second Annual Basketball Game with Rubenstein Cadets.