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Charleston Gazette Mail op-ed by Brian Anderson: A history of collaboration will lead to a bright future

As a son of Roane and Jackson counties, I have seen the fortunes of West Virginia rise and fall largely based on the state’s ability to turn our abundant energy resources into a powerful driver for economic growth.

Like many in Jackson County, my first job was at the Ravenswood Aluminum plant, which lost its smelting operations to Century Aluminum’s expansion in Iceland. For me, this loss was difficult, as my great-grandfather helped build that original Kaiser Aluminum plant, and my grandfather spent the majority of his career there.

The potential to turn around the state’s fortunes by leveraging our resources has never been clearer, particularly as we enter into a long-term agreement with the largest coal and power company in the world that could bring up to $83.7 billion of investment in manufacturing to the state. 

$83.7 billion energy investment boosts state, WVU on world stage

An agreement with China Energy Investment Corp. Ltd., a longtime research and development partof of WVU, was signed Thursday (Nov. 9)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia’s presence on the world energy stage jumped significantly Thursday (Nov. 9) as China Energy Investment Corp. Ltd., one of the world’s largest energy companies and a long-time research and development partner of West Virginia University, announced an agreement that will bring $83.7 billion to the state.