Keith Burdette Appointed Cabinet Secretary Of WV State Department Of Commerce

By: WTAP News Email
By: WTAP News Email

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the appointment of Keith Burdette as the new cabinet secretary for the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Burdette, a former legislator and president of the Area Roundtable and the Wood County Development Authority, succeeds Kelley Goes as head of the state’s Commerce Department. Kelley Goes will be taking on the role as state director for U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, beginning in January.

In a statement, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said "“Keith has a very strong combination of legislative knowledge and a thorough business acumen that will allow West Virginia’s strong and growing presence in the global business community to continue."

Burdette has played an important role bringing economic development projects into reality for Wood County. As president of the Area Round-table, Burdette assisted with the recruitment of Hino Motors, the expansion of Coldwater Creek, the construction of the new Mountain State Blue Cross & Blue Shield headquarters, along with a host of other development projects in the Wood County area.

Burdette commented that he is honored to have the opportunity to serve the state in this new capacity. “I know that Governor Tomblin is fully committed to creating jobs and is continuously looking for ways to attract new opportunities in West Virginia and it is my true desire to be a part of that mission,” said Burdette.

As Burdette moves on to his new job, another area business mind will move into the president's position.

The Executive Committee of the Area Round-table will recommend to its full Board of Directors that Cam Huffman be appointed to fill the position.

Huffman has served as vice president for the past six years under Burdette.

He was involved in the recruitment of Hino Manufacturing -- the expansion of Coldwater Creek and the construction of the new Blue Cross Blue Shield Headquarters.


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  • by I hope.... on Dec 22, 2010 at 06:08 AM
    He takes credit for when those Blue Cross/Blue Shield jobs are outsourced to India! That's already in the works and in 2 years, we're going to have yet another empty building downtown!!
  • by Istillremember Location: w-town on Dec 21, 2010 at 05:42 PM
    Sending Burdette back to Charleston can't be a good idea.
  • by john Location: parkersburg on Dec 21, 2010 at 12:15 PM
    Democrats at their best. Burdette takes credit for jobs at Blue Cross, and Public Debt...jobs the development authority and Burdette had nothing to with. Does Burdette take credit for all the manufacturing jobs lost in Wood Co over the past 5 years. Interesting that Burdette's son in law rides his coat tail to the president position at the development authority.. WV politics as usual.
  • by RF on Dec 21, 2010 at 11:52 AM
    Wow, news watcher, I honestly thought for a moment there that your inherent lack of proper punctuation was making me dumber. I honestly believe I need to immediately leave work, go home, and start reading war and peace again to regain the intelligence I once had. I hear reading stimulates otherwise dormant brain cells.
  • by I have to..... on Dec 21, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    Agree with Ima......"I don't care"!! Burdette has been a sponge living off the political machine in this state for years. He can brag big about what he's supposedly brought here, but has nothing to offer when questioned about what we've lost!! He can't take credit for half he's done, because someone else has taken credit for it already. He had nothing to do with bringing Hino Motors here....that was Joe Manchin!! Just another "good ol' boy" who will do nothing to help the ordinary Bob!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2010 at 10:07 AM
    Its about time the MOV got id of him. He didn't do any good for us in new jobs or businesses coming to the area. Maybe he'll got to Charleston and be another "YES-MAN" for the new governor and do nothing there also.
  • by Ima Location: Ga on Dec 21, 2010 at 08:01 AM
    who cares.
  • by News Watcher on Dec 21, 2010 at 05:48 AM
    It is really interesting that you finally are able to post a comment on this story......but you are not posting them. You report whatever new you want to, but when, we as the one's what watch you news cast and buy products and services from the companies that advertise on your station, you feel that you only want to post comments that will make your story look good. Alot of time. we as your viewers know more about the truth of your stories than your news reporters or news department. Think about it.
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