"It was just their choice."
Goodwin said inauguration committee members looked at the pros and cons of several local venues before making a decision.
"If you're having a large-scale event in the city of Charleston, your choices are limited to some extent as to how many people you want to invite," she said.
Tomblin's second inaugural ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Jan. 14.
The ceremony will be held on the Capitol steps facing the Kanawha River and is open to the public. A short reception will follow at the Culture Center.
Tomblin will share the limelight with other members of the Board of Public Works, including newly elected Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick and incoming Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, State Treasurer John Perdue and State Auditor Glen Gainer also will take oaths for new terms at the ceremony.
Tom Heywood, a local lawyer who also is a member of the Clay Center's board of directors, will serve as master of ceremonies. West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General James Hoyer will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Rev. Matthew Watts of Grace Baptist Church in Charleston will deliver the invocation, The Rev. George Kostas of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Logan will give the inaugural prayer and the Rev. Doug Craven of the First Presbyterian Church in Logan will deliver the benediction.
The West Virginia National Guard's 249th Army Band, based in Morgantown, will perform the national anthem and other musical pieces throughout the ceremony.
The Appalachian Children's Chorus will perform "My Home Among the Hills" before being joined by the Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus to sing "Total Praise."
Tomblin's first inauguration occurred just over a year ago, following a special gubernatorial election. "America's Got Talent" winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. — a fellow Logan native — performed at that ceremony, but Tomblin did not hold the typical post-inaugural celebration, citing difficult economic times.
"Joanne and I have opted to forgo any further celebrations and focus on the hard work we need to do for our state to create more jobs and lower taxes," Tomblin said in a campaign email sent at the time.
Tomblin, who formerly was state Senate president, also received a smaller investiture ceremony in 2010 when he became acting governor following Joe Manchin's election to the U.S. Senate.
Manchin was elected to Congress in a special election that year, following Sen. Robert C. Byrd's death in June.
Heywood did not return calls and messages left at his office on Tuesday. Taunja Willis-Miller, treasurer of Tomblin's gubernatorial inauguration committee, also did not return calls and messages left for her.