On Wednesday night, hundreds of people came out to the brand new West Virginia National Guard Readiness Center in Morgantown for the city's monthly Business After Hours.
It was the "Who's Who" of Monongalia County in attendance, as community leaders, business leaders, elected officials, and more came out to show their support of local small businesses and more than 40 non-profit organizations.
The Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce represents more than 400 businesses, but Wednesday's event wasn't its typical Business After Hours. The chamber said it was pleased to help introduce the $22 million state-of-the-art facility.
"We're trying to show off two scenarios this evening. One is the armory readiness center. It's a beautiful facility. We think it's going to serve Monongalia County extremely well. The other is all of these non profits that you can see behind me and the good work that they do throughout our community," said Daniel Kimble, president and CEO of Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce.
"We actually are partnering with them on a couple of things that we do. We work on our holiday food and toy distribution here in December, so this was actually the first time we got to see the building, and it's wonderful," said Amy Skeens of the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties.
The next Business After Hours is slated for May 21.