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Welcome to The Contractors Association of West Virginia

The CAWV represents over 450 businesses and 20,000 employees in the building, highway, industrial and utility contracting industries. Our members are “Hard at Work” building safe roads and bridges, modern schools and hospitals, and water and sewer infrastructure that increases the quality of life for all West Virginians. The CAWV is the state’s only full service organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the construction industry in West Virginia. The CAWV is one of the most respected trade organizations in the state, and for more than 75 years has been a traditional leader of the business community in advancing legislative and public policy issues. We are “Hard at Work” building a better West Virginia.





The Contractors Association of West Virginia serves its members, the construction industry and general public through communication, education, representation and promotion.




Featured News from the CAWV




West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced a major increase on construction jobs in West Virginia. Governor Justice lauded the jobs growth at the 39th annual West Virginia Construction and Design EXPO in Charleston on March 22. The numbers from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America show that West Virginia added the highest percentage of new construction jobs over the last year at more than 14% or 4,300 jobs. Mike Clowser, Executive Director of the Contractors Association of West Virginia, says the numbers will continue to grow and the need for workers is statewide and more jobs are expected as the road bond work gets underway. At the EXPO, the Governor also signed a bill he says will upgrade state parks and boost the economy. To view the Governor’s press conference at EXPO, click here.


On October 7 voters passed S.J.R. 6, the “Roads to Prosperity Bond Amendment,” which was approved by the West Virginia Legislature during the 2017 regular session. The constitutional referendum will allow West Virginia to issue up to $1.6 billion in bonds for highway and bridge construction in the state. The vote on the amendment passed, earning nearly 73 percent of the vote. A coalition was put together in support of the amendment, under the banner of West Virginians for Better Transportation (WVBT). The coalition consisted of statewide industry organizations, American Council of Engineering Companies, organized labor, school teachers, statewide elected officials, higher education leaders, state and local chambers of commerce, newspaper editorial boards, state legislators of both parties and local officials who all banded together for the common goal of improving West Virginia's roads and highways. CAWV members and numerous others contributed to WVBT that allowed for an effective campaign to promote the amendment. The Vote 4 Roads WV campaign involved statewide radio and print ads, as well as social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.


Governor Jim Justice signed the bill into law June 22, 2017 that will provide millions of dollars in road construction projects. The bill, S.B.1006, passed by the West Virginia Legislature following the 60-day regular legislative session and a 43-day extended session, will add approximately $140 million annually to the State Road Fund by increasing DMV fees, raising the floor on the average wholesale price for gas, creating a registration fee for non-gasoline using vehicles and adding one percent to the five percent tax on the purchase of vehicles. The legislation is part of a three-pronged effort that total $2.8 billion in bonds and new funding for Governor Justice’s road-building initiative, which he has said will stimulate the state economy by creating thousands of construction jobs.


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Contractors Association of West Virginia

2114 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25311 Phone 304.342.1166 Fax 304.342.1074