The one-day forum is designed to promote idea sharing and provide insight into current key issues affecting the chemical industry.
Last year's speaker was the CEO of NOVA Chemicals. The 2010 keynote speaker was Greg Babe, who recently retired as president and CEO of Bayer Corp. and Bayer MaterialScience.
American Electric Power, whose Appalachian Power subsidiary serves southern West Virginia, and FirstEnergy Corp., whose Monongahela Power and Potomac Edison subsidiaries serve northern and eastern West Virginia, have been named "Top Utilities in Economic Development for 2012" by Site Selection magazine.
The magazine's Adam Bruns wrote, "AEP's efforts are receiving added emphasis with the recent hiring of Mark James to lead the system's economic development efforts, as well as the hiring of John Smolak to lead economic development for Appalachian Power."
FirstEnergy announced Wednesday that it is conducting an organizational study that is expected to result in the elimination of about 200 employees.
According to company spokesman Mark Durbin, FirstEnergy has about 17,000 employees. Of that total, about 1,700 are in West Virginia.