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Newsletter 2018-49                                                                                         December 7, 2018



CAWV ANNUAL REPORT highlights 2018 activities


The 2018 CAWV Annual Report went in the mail to members this week. The report outlines some of the key issues addressed by the association during the past year.  A recent CAWV survey of contractor members shows that 80 percent of contractors believe it will continue or become harder to find construction professionals and nearly 60 percent say it will be harder to find skilled craft workers. “Your CAWV Board of Directors believes these shortages pose a significant risk to future economic growth and is creating a new workforce development plan to address the growing problem,” writes CAWV President Roger Thomas, Kelly Paving, Inc. “Your Board has voted to establish a Workforce Development Task Force to enhance career and technical training programs for construction to put even more West Virginians into high-paying construction careers.”


The President also writes that, “The future is an exciting one for our state, the CAWV and our members. I encourage members to become involved in the many initiatives undertaken by the association in building a better West Virginia.”  Enclosed in the report is just a few successes this year on behalf of CAWV members and the construction industry.  Look for the CAWV Annual Report in mailboxes next week, or click here to read online.

Governor Justice appoints ED gaunch as secretary of commerce


Governor Justice announced this week that he has appointed C. Edward Gaunch of Kanawha County as Secretary of Commerce for West Virginia. Gaunch will assume his new role in January, after finishing his current term in the West Virginia Senate. Gaunch, who has been a member of the State Senate representing District 8 since 2014, is a native of Boone County. He chaired the Government Organization Committee and was vice chair for a number of other committees including Finance, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Pensions. He also chaired the interims Committee on Flooding, Government Organization, and Government Operations.


“Ed Gaunch has a wealth of business acumen and knowledge and along with his legislative experience he will help us continue to move West Virginia forward and grow our economy as Secretary of Commerce,” Justice said. “I am extremely pleased that he is joining our team and that he has accepted the challenge of continuing to serve West Virginia and our citizens.”  The new secretary was president of the Carson Insurance Agency which was a longtime member of the CAWV.




House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw of Clay County was renominated this week by House Republicans to the speaker’s post in a private caucus. Hanshaw is essentially assured of re-election as speaker on Jan. 9, as Republicans continue to hold the majority of seats in the House. Hanshaw was first elected speaker on Aug. 29. He replaced Tim Armstead of Kanawha County, who resigned so he could be appointed to the state Supreme Court by Gov. Jim Justice. At the time, Hanshaw acknowledged that the tenure could be short-lived, since the House will hold a new election for speaker when the 84th Legislature convenes on Jan. 9, 2019. Hanshaw’s first order of business will be to name a leadership team, including appointing committee chairpersons. He also will have to pick a new majority leader, since his initial selection, Delegate Riley Moore, R-Jefferson, was defeated in the general election.


November revenue figures released


Governor Justice announced on Tuesday that November’s revenue collections were $18.8 million above estimate pushing the Fiscal Year 2019 collections to $141 million above estimates and 13.2 percent ahead of prior year receipts. It is the eighth consecutive month where collections surpassed estimates. The sharp rise in collections was attributable to very high rates of growth in Severance Tax, Consumer Sales Tax and Personal Income Tax collections. Year-to-date General Fund Severance Tax collections were 45.8% ($51.5 million) ahead of last year. Year-to-date General Fund Consumer Sales Tax collections were 13.6% ($65.5 million) ahead of last year. Year-to-date Personal Income Tax collections were 11.6% ($82.5 million) ahead of last year. For details on revenues, go to




This year’s CAWV Holiday Open House was a great success. Many members and guests attended the event on Tuesday, December 4.  CAWV members enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, drinks and conversation during the evening event, making it a great opportunity for members to get to know other members. The CAWV would like to extend a very special thank you to members who used the event to donate nonperishable food items and dozens of toys to benefit the U.S. Marine Reserves’ “Toys for Tots.”



Over 250 members have registered for the 2019 Midyear which will be held February 8-13, 2019 at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa. Sponsorships for the CAWV’s most exciting event are available. Secure your sponsorship today! Meeting information and the full sponsorship packet are available online at Contact Cheryl Clark at (304) 342-1166, or email, for more information.

WVCN seeking women leaders in construction industry


The latest issue of West Virginia Construction News featured key women in West Virginia‘s construction industry. This article was first in a series in which WVCN will continue to feature women leaders in our membership. If you have women in your company whose leadership and hard work should not go unnoticed, contact Cassidy Webb at (304) 342-1166, or email Members can view the September / October issue of WVCN by clicking here.




As we approach the end of the year, we ask your assistance in finalizing our books. Contractors returning their Third Quarter Volume Dues Statement would greatly assist this process. CAWV auditors will be contacting members confirming outstanding accounts. If you have any questions, please contact the CAWV at (304) 342-1166.