About the State

West Virginia is located in the heart of Appalachia, strategically located and connected to major metropolitan areas up and down the Eastern U.S. and Canada. Learn how our low cost of living and pro-business tax climate coupled with a high quality of life make life better here.

Key Industries

West Virginia's diverse economy has moved beyond our history of resource extraction to include a robust array of products and services. Learn about the key industries that have taken a foothold here and learn why leading companies make their home in the Mountain State.

Business Assistance

The West Virginia Development Office works hard to make the process of locating in West Virginia smooth and seamless. Our team walks with businesses every step of the way to locate a new site, expand facilities, export goods, train to employees, and much more.

Global Engagement

West Virginia is home to more than 130 businesses representing 27 countries from around the world, and West Virginia businesses export goods and services to more than 95 countries. Learn how our international team works out of three worldwide office to foster global engagement.

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Software company to open first West Virginia office in Fairmont

Wednesday, May 30 2018
Maryland-based Sparksoft plans to build facility, add 30 jobs
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Governor Justice extends Tri-State Shale Coalition to develop regional natural gas industry

Wednesday, March 21 2018

Cooperative agreement with Ohio, Pennsylvania, uses shared shale gas resources to increase investments and jobs in Appalachian Basin

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West Virginia joins new nationwide initiative to spur economic investment

Wednesday, February 28 2018

Submit nominations for target areas by March 7

Economic recoveries have a history of skipping America’s low income and rural regions like West Virginia. A new program called Opportunity Zones is designed to change that.

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Winning Procter and Gamble: The Gold Medal of Economic Development

Tuesday, February 27 2018

Few things are more satisfying than a big victory, fiercely fought and fairly won. More than 23 million viewers watched the 2018 Winter Olympics as years of dedicated preparation culminated in defeat or medaled triumph for competing athletes.

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Trading tours: Commercial specialist from Korea reciprocates WVDO mission visit

Tuesday, December 12 2017

Jessica Son, Senior Commercial Specialist for the U.S. Embassy-Commercial Service in Korea, visited West Virginia from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 at the invitation of the West Virginia Development Office (WVDO).

During the WVDO’s trade mission to South Korea and Japan in September 2017, Ms. Son was one...

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China Energy and West Virginia announce framework to invest $83 billion in shale gas and chemical manufacturing projects

Thursday, November 09 2017

U.S. President Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, WV Commerce Sec. Thrasher join in Great Hall in Beijing for MOU signing

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Governor honors 34 West Virginia businesses exporting to new markets

Friday, November 03 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va.– West Virginia businesses export a diverse range of products, from aluminum coil to video distribution, construction coatings to silk yarns. In an awards ceremony today, 34 companies received the Governor's Commendation for International Market Entry for exporting to a new...

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Armacell to expand manufacturing plant, create 20 new jobs, in Roane County

Friday, November 03 2017

SPENCER, W.Va. — Armacell announced plans to expand its crosslinked polyethylene block or "bun" manufacturing capabilities and create 20 new jobs in the city of Spencer. 

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Governor, Secretary of Commerce, announce barrel manufacturing plant in Greenbrier County

Thursday, October 19 2017

Enterprise to use West Virginia white oak to make bourbon, whiskey and rye barrels, create more than 100 jobs


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Solvay Technology Solutions to Double Manufacturing Capacity at Willow Island in Pleasants County

Wednesday, October 04 2017

For Release: Oct. 4, 2017

Media Contact: Samantha Smith, 304-957-9364, Samantha.Smith@wv.gov

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the assistance of state and local economic development agencies, Solvay Technology Solutions has committed to doubling its manufacturing facility at Willow Island in Pleasants...

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