Karen S. Price

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Legislative Liaison
Charleston, WV
  • Legislative Liaison, Government Relations Practice Group, Robinson & McElwee, 2014-present
  • President, West Virginia Manufacturer’s Association, 1991-2013
  • Economic Development Representative/Legislative Liaison, West Virginia Economic Development Office, 1979-1991

Prior to joining Robinson & McElwee as the firm’s Legislative Liaison in 2014, Ms. Price served as the president of the West Virginia Manufacturer’s Association (WVMA) for over two decades. Ms. Price also has over a decade of experience in economic development as a member of the West Virginia Economic Development Office.  Throughout the region, Ms. Price is recognized as a thought leader in the manufacturing industry, and she is known for her impressive blend of industry knowledge and hands-on experience with public policy, policy design and legislative strategy.

At Robinson & McElwee, Ms. Price continues her life-long dedication to West Virginia’s economic development by promoting and protecting clients’ interests in doing business in the region.  Ms. Price has worked with numerous governors, the West Virginia Legislature and various regulatory agencies to address economic development barriers in the state.  Under Price’s direction, the WVMA has ushered in policies that enhance economic growth in the region, including the Marcellus Development Act of 2011.  This act has been a significant factor in Brazil-based Odebrecht’s exploration of a multi-billion-dollar ethane cracker chemical plant in Wood County, West Virginia.  Additional career highlights include the establishment of a manufacturing inventory tax credit which resulted in over $20 million of savings for West Virginia manufacturers, and a reform to the State Workers’ Compensation Program which resulted in the privatization of the program.

A life-long resident of West Virginia, Ms. Price stays active through many industry organizations and volunteer organizations in the community. She has the distinction of being recognized as a “Woman of Achievement,” by the YWCA of Charleston. Additionally, her talents have been recognized through the many leadership positions that she has held including: Vandalia Rotary (past President); WV Business and Industry Council (Chair); American Society Association Executives, West Virginia (Member and past President); Charleston Area Medical Center Board of Trustees (Member) and Public Policy and Planning Committee (Chair); Bridgemont Community College (Board member); Business Volunteer Council (Member); West Virginia Economic Development Council (Honorary Life Member); Reconnecting McDowell (Board Member); and Commission on School Governance (Member).

  • Public policy and policy design
  • Legislative strategy
  • Economic development (including policies to enhance the economic growth in the state)
  • Recruited new businesses to the state as the Legislative Director of the WV Economic Development Office
  • Communication and coordination with numerous governors, the state Legislature and various regulatory agencies to address economic development barriers
  • Past President, Vandalia Rotary
  • Past Board Member, YWCA
  • Co-Chair, CAMC Golf Tournament (fundraiser for Women's and Children's  Hospital)
  • Board member, Capital Campaign for the David Lee Cancer Center