Promoting Research & Stimulating the Economy

On Monday our office hosted the second meeting of the Ohio Valley Research Consortium, a group of local colleges and universities working together to attract research funding to the region. The Consortium will focus on research on drug addiction and opioid abuse, cyber-security, health care, and job creation for our veterans. 



Bringing these schools together provides us with a unique opportunity to work collaboratively to attract research dollars to the region. Federal investment to schools in the Upper-Ohio Valley is an essential part of boosting their individual research capabilities, which will strengthen our local economy and create jobs. To read about this meeting, click here.


Declaring September Rheumatic Diseases Awareness Month

As Co-Chairs of the Arthritis Caucus, Rep. Ann Eshoo and I introduced a bipartisan resolution in the House to recognize September as National Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month (RDAM)in hopes of bringing increased national attention to a growing and costly healthcare crisis. Currently, one in four Americans are suffering from rheumatic diseases – including an estimated 530,000 in West Virginia.

Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month offers us a tremendous chance to really focus on the healthcare access issues facing a growing number of Americans – most notably the high cost of medical technology, but also the national shortage of trained rheumatologists available to guide their care. It’s time that we take long-overdue steps to improve the outlook for patients suffering from these life-altering conditions.


Revitalizing our Historic Downtowns

Earlier this week, Congressman Tonko(NY-20)and I introduced legislation that will encourage the rehabilitation and re-use of America’s historic downtowns through a series of tax incentives.  This legislation will preserve our national heritage and kick-start economic growth. Revitalizing historic buildings will not only help maintain these structures, it will also create jobs across across a wide range of industries. Expanding tax incentives for preservation will help bring new private sector investment and accomplish both of those goals.


Advocating for a National Energy Plan

On Thursday, we had the opportunity to attend and speak to the 2016 Coal Utilization Research Council-Department of Energy Advanced Technology Showcase and give remarks about our need to pursue a national energy plan.



If America is going to be a leader on the world stage with regard to energy issues, we need to stop over-regulating the industry and invest in clean coal technology and efficiency research. This will strengthen our energy security while growing our economy by creating more jobs. 



Hosting Academy Day

Next Saturday, our office will co-host an “Academy Day” with Senator Shelley Moore Capito in Morgantown for students who would like to learn more about attending one of United States Service Academies. Representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Military Academy will be on hand to answer questions from interested students.

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: University High School
Address: 131 Bakers Ridge Road, Morgantown, WV 26508

To learn more about how to apply to one of these service academies, click here

If you have any questions about the event, please contact our Morgantown District Office at(304)284-8506.


WVU Update: Go Mountaineers!

Last week the Mountaineers defeated BYU in a close game, 35-32. This week they host Kansas St. in Morgantown. It’s homecoming week in Morgantown and a win against the Jayhawks will take them to 4-0. Go Mountaineers!

Have a great weekend!

David B. McKinley, P.E.

Washington, DC
412 Cannon HOB | Washington, DC 20515
Phone:(202)225-4172 | Fax:(202)225-7564
709 Beechurst Ave.
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Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304.284.8506
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