RCDA’s Friddle honored by state

ELKINS — A Randolph County Development Authority official has been recognized for his achievements.

Charlie Friddle was honored with a lifetime achievement award from Leadership West Virginia.

“At the West Virginia Economic Development Conference held in Glade Spring (Resort) the third week of September, our very own Charlie Friddle was awarded the honorary life membership award from WVEDC,” RCDA executive director Robbie Morris said. “This is WVEDC’s highest honor.”

Morris added this award honors recipients for their years of dedication to and promotion of economic development in the state.

Friddle worked in the Economic Development Department of Monongahela Power; after the company merged with FirstEnergy, he was named director of external affairs for West Virginia.

He is past president of the West Virginia Economic Development Council, the Randolph County Development Authority and the Elkins/Randolph County Chamber of Commerce.

In 1995, Friddle was named Economic Developer of the Year by the West Virginia Economic Development Council and is a graduate of the 1998 Class of Leadership WV.

Friddle is currently an Elkins City Council member representing 2nd Ward.

The ultimate goal of the West Virginia Economic Development Council is to bring professionals across West Virginia together to promote activities that will help to retain and expand current businesses and industries in the state while also attracting new businesses, according to the organization’s website.

Also during Wednesday’s meeting:

• The board met in executive session regarding real estate matters.

• The board also met in a second executive session regarding personnel matters.