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CHARLESTON – State Treasurer John Perdue’s West Virginia Retirement Plus supplemental retirement plan gained 301 new participants in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017.

Records show the plan picked up more steam in October, November and December 2016, bringing the total number of participants to 16,950.  Total assets stood at $203.4 million as of Sept. 30, 2016.

The participant base has more than tripled and total assets have increased by more than $130 million since Treasurer Perdue’s office took custodianship of the program in July 2006.

“As with all of our office programs, I’m always pleased, but not surprised, when one continues to perform well,” the Treasurer said. “The growth in West Virginia Retirement Plus is positive. Our people work hard at engaging public employees of many types and this is the result.”

Nearly 300 political subdivisions, including 108 municipalities, have joined the plan to date. 

South Charleston Fire Department and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in South Charleston, February 2-3, 2017. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.

Click here for full event details.

Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.

The City of Ashland, Kentucky is currently accepting applications for a City Manager.  Ashland is situated on the Ohio River and provides progressive and central leadership to the Tri-State region of Northeastern Kentucky.  Ashland’s economic and community development opportunities are reflected in its proud past, and bright future, while representing a heritage initiated by the coal, iron, and railroad industries.  State of the art public safety amenities and expertise, provided by the City’s Fire and Police Departments, ensure resident’s safety and security.  A variety of educational options ranging from exceptional public school systems, as well as private schools, and trade-school opportunities are readily available.  A number of four-year university program opportunities exist in the area.  Ashland Community Technical College (part of the Kentucky Community Technical College system), Ohio University Southern campus, Marshall University, and Morehead University classes on ACTC’s campus.  Ashland’s extensive parks and recreation system and numerous festivals emphasize and help maintain a high quality of life along with an excellent YMCA & Paramount Performing Arts Center.

This Weekly Ethics Thought is provided by Christopher Bauer and Bauer Ethics Seminars.
Please feel free to forward it to anyone you believe would enjoy a copy.

Where Are You Aiming Your Ethics Training?

I'd like to suggest four targets to add to your list of ethics training recipients if they aren't already included. The first two are high-risk groups often overlooked when developing ethics and values training. The second two are seemingly-obvious groups also often overlooked though for entirely different reasons.

Municipal Member and Finance Director Thomas Maher, Jr., City of Weirton, has passed away.

Early this morning the City of Weirton suffered a great loss.  Finance Director Thomas J. Maher, Jr. passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. Mr. Maher was a man of high caliber in both his personal and professional life. His death will affect the City in an unimaginable way, but they will continue to move forward progressing Weirton in the direction Tom envisioned.  Please let others in the Municipal League know of his passing. Tom was very fond of everyone who was involved in the League. Details of Tom’s visitation is below.

Visitation will be held Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10am Thursday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church with Reverend Father Larry Dorsch officiating. Interment will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Weirton.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness. (Timothy 4:7-8)

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 140 Walnut Street, Weirton, WV or Hillman Cancer Center, 5115 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.

The City of Weirton is accepting applications for the position of Finance Director.  This is a professional position working under the direction of the City Manager. The Finance Director is responsible for complete management of the Finance Department, which provides the following services:  accounting/bookkeeping for all the City Departments (excluding the Park Board and the Library), processing of utility bills, taxes and other municipal fees, payroll, investments, and computer system administration.

Earlier this year, the Census Bureau announced that a nine county area of West Virginia has been selected to conduct an “End-to-End” Test in preparation for the 2020 Census. The area selected for this test is Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, West Virginia (Includes Fayette, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming Counties).

An office will open in Beckley WV in 2017 to manage the census test. Address canvassing occurs in 2017 and Census Day is April 1, 2018.

On Wednesday, November 16 at 10:00 AM in the WV Development Office, there will be a very informal "meet and greet" briefing on the 2018 Census Test, as well as plans for the 2020 Census in West Virginia. If anyone is interested in attending please notify Benjamin Balding:

West Virginia Development Office
Building 6, Conference Room A Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305-0311

Benjamin.L.Balding@wv.gov

(304) 558-2234 FAX (304) 558-0362

The U.S. Census Bureau is researching modern and cost-efficient methods for the population to exercise its civic obligation to be counted in the 2020 Census. Whether through the internet, telephone, traditional paper questionnaires or in-person visits, the Census Bureau is committed to making the mandatory once-a-decade headcount quick, easy and safe for all to participate.

Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Interstate 81 corridor, Virginia Tech, Radford University and two major hospitals, Christiansburg serves diverse collegiate, commercial and professional industries, while still maintaining the vibe of a small town. While we may be located in one of the fastest growing areas in Virginia, Christiansburg still has more than 2,000 acres of undeveloped land, providing us with a unique opportunity for smart and progressive urban planning. 

Recreation is a large part of Christiansburg’s identity, and you can see why when you visit our local parks and sports complexes and explore the Huckleberry Trail, which connects to neighboring Blacksburg. No matter the season, there are always exciting programs available through our Aquatic and Recreation centers. And with a growing festival scene and brand new Farmers Market, we’re all about bringing people together.

Christiansburg is the place to work, live and play – and we hope you’ll join us.