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Distinguished List of Speakers Being Assembled for Bluefield Coal Symposium


April 2, 2024 - The Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias based in Bluefield and Princeton, WV recently announced that the 2024 Bluefield Coal Symposium will take place at the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton, WV on August 12-14. Chair of the Symposium is Bill Reid, Managing Editor of CoalZoom.

Bill Reid

“This one-of-a-kind Symposium has four specific aims: first is to aid the search for zero accidents and second to lift the spirits of those serving the coal industry,” said Reid. “The third is to help promote MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® and fourth is to examine the challenges and opportunities for coal. We are confident that the group of well-known speakers being invited will absolutely delight all those who are able to attend this marquee national event.”                                     

The Bluefield Coal Symposium has the theme Using U.S. Coal for a Better America and is jointly presented by the Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias and The symposium is being held at the Chuck Mathena Center, 1298 Stafford Drive, Princeton, WV. which has a beautiful 930-seat theater with state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities as well as stunning architecture.

The distinguished group of speakers, comprising leaders in the industry from all parts of the country, is being assembled to present their experiences in achieving greater safety and increased productivity in both underground and surface mining. Over a day and a half, there are three technical sessions, two dinners, and one luncheon. The Symposium includes entertainment with special live performances by top-class entertainment during the two evenings.

“The greater Bluefield area is quite beautiful in August, so please join us at what promises to be an exceptional event for some high-quality presentations, great food and awesome entertainment,” said Reid. “There will also be plenty of friendly socializing, with all this happening in a picturesque setting in the heart of coal country. We look forward to welcoming attendees to this uplifting and informative event that is designed to provide lasting memories.”

For more information, please visit or phone the Chamber at (304) 327-7184. Bill Reid may be reached at