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Bluefield Coal Symposium 2024

Bluefield Coal Symposium 2024

12 August 2024 - 14 August 2024


Jointly presented by the Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias and, The Bluefield Coal Symposium has adopted the defining theme Using US Coal for a Better America.

This one-of-a-kind national event is being held on 12 – 14 August, 2024 at the Chuck Mathena Center, 1298 Stafford Drive, Princeton, West Virginia. It has a beautiful 930-seat theatre with state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities, as well as stunning architecture.

The Symposium has four distinct goals:

  • To aid the search for zero accidents.
  • To lift the spirits of those serving the coal industry and bring everyone together.
  • To help promote MINExpo INTERNATIONAL®.
  • To examine the challenges and opportunities for coal.

A distinguished group of speakers, comprising leaders of the industry from all parts of the country, will present their experiences in achieving greater safety and increased productivity in both underground and surface mining. Over a day and a half, there will be three technical sessions, two dinners, and one luncheon.

The American coal industry makes a US$28 billion economic contribution to the Nation each year and there are 68 179 employees at coal mines, including contractors, with both direct and indirect workers totalling 324 800. The Bluefield Coal Symposium will ‘dig’ into the future of the coal industry and is the marquee event in the 2024 coal calendar leading up to MINExpo®.

This Symposium includes entertainment with special live performances by Twitty and Lynn: a Salute to Conway & Loretta as well as an appearance of Exile performing many of their numerous hit songs.

August in Mercer County has natural beauty beyond comparison, as John Denver sang “Almost Heaven – West Virginia”. So sign up for some exceptional presentations, great food, and superb entertainment, combined with plenty of time for making new friends and socialising, all happening in a picturesque setting in the heart of coal country.