Thursday, July 14, 2005

New investment opportunities at Fairmont State have generated high interest and support from area businesses and corporations.

“ ‘Innovation and Influence - Business and Industry for Fairmont State’ is an opportunity for organizations to increase their profile in the community by providing a leadership gift to Fairmont State,” said Delbert “Butch” Phillips, Senior Vice President for Commercial Loans at Monongahela Valley Bank and “Innovation and Influence” Campaign Committee Chair.

“The campaign brings area corporations and businesses into a dialogue with higher education on issues directly impacting economic development in our area. It’s about finding solutions that directly impact the bottom line for business today.”

The following companies have made a financial commitment to the campaign: Cecchinelli Rental, Coca Cola Bottling Company, First Exchange Bank, McCabe Land Company, Monongahela Bank, Morgantown Pulmonary Associate, Pepsi Bottling Company, Thrasher Engineering, Three Sons Development Company, Rose Padden and Petty and WesBanco Bank, Inc.

Businesses have the opportunity to invest their gift into workforce development initiatives, the Fairmont State Fund for Excellence (scholarships) and the Fairmont State Futures Fund (the institution’s areas of greatest need). Underwriting and naming opportunities also exist. The Fairmont State Foundation will tailor each gift to suit the investment and philanthropic goals of each donor.

“WesBanco is dedicated to the long-term health and growth of this region,” said Aaron Hawkins, Senior Vice President for Trust and Investment Services at WesBanco.

“Our gift represents our belief in the mission of Fairmont State University President, Daniel Bradley, and Fairmont State Community & Technical College President, Blair Montgomery, to train the workers and leaders of the future.”

To learn more about the underwriting and naming opportunities associated with “Innovation and Influence - Business and Industry for Fairmont State,” call K. Jean Ahwesh, Executive Director of the Fairmont State Foundation, Inc., at (866) 372-2586.