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Governor appoints Lowe to chair jobs council in W.Va.

December 07, 2006

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Joe Manchin Wednesday announced the appointment of Kenneth F. Lowe Jr. of Shepherdstown, W.Va., to serve as his designee and chairman of the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council (IJDC).

Lowe replaces Mark Prince of Charleston, who is stepping down from the position that he has held since November 2003, Manchin said in a news release.

A successful regional and national real estate and business developer, Lowe is the owner/operator of Ken Lowe Management Co., and currently serves as general partner of Panhandle Ventures Investment Group, and a managing partner and developer of Liberty Business Park.

He is responsible for the development and operation of the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, Comfort Suites Hotel and two restaurants in Jefferson County, in addition to several major development projects in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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"Infrastructure growth is critical to support economic development and create good paying jobs for West Virginians, and we cannot build the foundation for our economic future without strong business leaders like Mark Prince and Ken Lowe being a part of our efforts," Manchin said in the release. "I appreciate Mark's service as IJDC Chairman, and I look forward to working closely with Ken as we move forward with our infrastructure development efforts, which remain a top priority of this administration."

Lowe is a graduate of Shepherd University, and previously served as a member of the West Virginia Council for Community and Economic Development, West Virginia Tourism Commission and the West Virginia Cable Television Advisory Board.

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