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Bluefield Coal Symposium Provides Unique Opportunity to Dig into Coal’s Future



June 27, 2024 - The Bluefield Coal Symposium is a one-of-a-kind event, which provides a unique opportunity to dig into coal’s future. Never before has such a top-level group of industry leaders been assembled to look into the future role of the coal industry.

“Our distinguished speakers will address the current issues in the industry and examine the challenges and opportunities of coal so we can all see what the future of the industry looks like,” said Bill Reid, Chair of the Symposium and Managing Editor of “We are confident that this Symposium and the messages from it will never be forgotten and we will all learn how to meet the challenges ahead for our great American coal industry.”


Bill Reid



The Bluefield Coal Symposium has the theme Using U.S. Coal for a Better America. This national event is jointly presented by the Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias and The symposium is being held on August 12- 14, 2024 at the Chuck Mathena Center, 1298 Stafford Drive, Princeton, WV. which is a beautiful 930-seat theater with state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities as well as stunning architecture.




Chuck Mathena Center


The distinguished group of speakers, comprising leaders in 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 are three technical sessions, two dinners, and one luncheon. Bluefield Coal Symposium will examine the future of the coal industry and is the marquee event in the 2024 coal calendar leading up to MINExpo®.

The Symposium includes entertainment with special live performances by Twitty and Lynn: A Salute to Conway & Loretta as well as an appearance of Exile, who will perform many of their hit records.  



Twitty and Lynn




The greater Bluefield area is quite beautiful in August, so please join us for some high-quality presentations, great food and top-class entertainment, combined with plenty of friendly socializing, all happening in a picturesque setting in the heart of coal country.

Registration Form can be seen here. Bill Reid may be reached at