KEYSER - For almost 20 years, a group of Mineral County residents and business owners have been trekking to Charleston to meet with state legislators and department heads to discuss not only what unique attributes the county has to offer, but also to share the needs in the area.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - For almost 20 years, a group of Mineral County residents and business owners have been trekking to Charleston to meet with state legislators and department heads to discuss not only what unique attributes the county has to offer, but also to share the needs in the area.
Over those years, the Mineral County Day delegation has met with governors, senators, and delegates, as well as representatives of the Departments of Transportation, Education, Health and Human Resources, Culture and History, Tourism and more.
As a result of those meetings, Mineral County has seen a number of short- and long-range projects come to fruition.
For example:
• The Staggers Recovery House, thanks to a $298,000 grant
• Restoration work at Ashby’s Fort ($39,000 grant)
• Improvement in the safety and visibility at the Scenic Lane / Route 28 intersection (coming in Spring 2019)
• Improved signage from Keyser to Corridor H
• Installation of a traffic light at Rt. 220 and State Street in Keyser
• Funding for a Tier II Study of the Route 220 North/South Corridor
• Funding for Fountain Water Project ($10.9 million)
• Funding for Frankfort Public Service District Sewer Phase 1 & 2 ($45 million) and Water Improvement Project ($7.3 million)
• Funding for Keyser Water Project ($13 million) and Phase 2 Sewer Project ($33.8 million)
• Funding for Piedmont Water Project ($700,000) and Sewer Project ($1.1 million)
Now, the Mineral County Day planning committee is working on the 2018 visit, scheduled for Jan. 9-10, and they are hoping more and more are businesses and professional people will become involved.
Especially  needed are businesses interested in helping sponsor Mineral County Days with a donation that would help defray expenses of the events in Charleston.
“Our goal this year is to reach $4,000 in sponsorships,” according to Mineral County Day chair Patsy Koontz and Mineral County Chamber president Randy Crane.
“This money returns to Mineral County many times over, benefitting us all.”
The committee is suggesting a five-level sponsorship schedule, with those giving $99 or less to be designated as a “Friend” and receiving in return their name or logo being placed on display at the capitol.
The remainder of the levels include:
 - Bronze Sponsor: $100 donation, receive  name or logo on the sign at the capitol and on the Mineral County Chamber’s website.
 - Silver Sponsor: $250, name or logo on the sign at the capitol and on the chamber website, as well as on the Mineral County Day brochure. They will also receive mention during public service announcements on WKYW 102.9 Mountain Streams Radio.
 - Gold Sponsor: $500, name or logo on the sign, website and brochure, a mention during PSAs on WKYW, and special mention in the next Mineral County Chamber Directory.
 - Platinum Sponsor: $1,000, one-year business  membership in the chamber, logo or name on the sign, brochure and website, mention on WKYW and special mention in the directory.
Monies raised through the sponsorships are used to host an evening reception on Jan. 9 just prior to the Governor’s State of the State Address, and a luncheon for legislators and other state officials on Jan. 10.
It is during those events, as well as scheduled meetings throughout the two days, that Mineral County residents are able to meet with officials and discuss the county’s needs.
For more information, or to arrange to become a sponsor, contact chamber president Randy Crane at 301-697-9292 or by email at randycrane1@gmail.com, or chairperson Patsy Koontz at 301-268-5934 or pkoontz@wmhs.com.