SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 36
(Senators Prezioso, Stollings, Unger, Kessler (Mr. President), Plymale, McCabe, Williams and Fitzsimmons)
Recognizing the Affiliate Program of the High Technology Foundation on Technology Day at the Legislature.
Whereas, The Affiliate Program of the High Technology Foundation, located in Fairmont, West Virginia, is a consortium of companies working in technology or technology support lines of business with a desire to do business in West Virginia; and
Whereas, The mission of the Affiliate Program is to provide support to its members through the coordination of value-added services including technology-based programs, products and services to the global marketplace, to create awareness of the technology sector and to provide all with an understanding of the importance of the sector to the economy; and
Whereas, The ever-growing technology sector in West Virginia developed through the vision and strong leadership of our legislative leaders, who envisioned a more diverse West Virginia economy that could not only withstand economic uncertainty but propel West Virginia into a position of national prominence; and
Whereas, The technology industry in 2011 accounted for 7.3% total employment in the state and 5.05% of total employment in North Central West Virginia, along with 12.8% of total wages in the state and 7.42% of total wages in North Central West Virginia; and
Whereas, The technology industry in North Central West Virginia has a significant economic impact providing $1.6 billion of direct output and 6,500 direct jobs and $392 million of direct employee compensation in 2011; and
Whereas, The technology sector is growing wages, total employment and output at a higher average than the remainder of the West Virginia economy; and
Whereas, The Affiliate Program recognizes the changing economic landscape and challenges facing industry and desires to help its member companies continue to build on the foundation through new and expanded partnerships, growing relationships throughout the state with stakeholders and to develop greater self-sustaining initiatives; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby recognizes the Affiliate Program of the High Technology Foundation on Technology Day at the Legislature; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate acknowledges the contributions of the technology industry to the State of West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Affiliate Program of the High Technology Foundation.