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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Rising food maker expands product line, plant size and workforce

Friday, June 14 2019

What foods mean home for you? For many from the South, it’s food like biscuits. Gravy. Cornbread. Tasty Blend Foods produces dry mixes and bakery goods that combine old fashioned homemade flavors with modern packet convenience.

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WV Development Office Helping Costume Maker Improve Export Strategy

Dale Morton, owner of Dale Morton Studio Mascot Costumes, has been a small business owner for nearly 20 years whose self-made success has allowed him to reach clients all over the United States and in countries as far as Germany, England and Spain. Now, he’s looking to expand his market by...

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Reverse Job Fairs connect dozens of employers to qualified, workforce ready students

Thursday, April 25 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -  The West Virginia Development Office partnered with the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) for the first-of-its-kind Reverse Job Fairs this week.

Reverse Job Fairs are a spin on the traditional job fair. Instead of companies waiting for job-seekers to visit their...

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West Virginia’s Inaugural Manufacturing Summit Focused on Industry Progress, Future Development

Friday, April 12 2019


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Marcellus and Manufacturing Conference Gathers State and National Experts to Tout West Virginia’s Continued Expansion in the Industry

Friday, April 12 2019
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Threads made by family business in Parkersburg bring Game of Thrones’ final season to life

Friday, April 12 2019

Kreinik’s metallic threads used by crafters, hobbyists and fashion houses around the world.

The premiere for HBO’s final season of Game of Thrones on April 14 is possibly the most anticipated television event of the year, if not of all time. In addition to its compelling narrative, the popular...

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West Virginia’s growing apprenticeship initiative puts an unconventional spin on job fairs

Friday, March 15 2019

Program continues to expand with reverse job fairs in April, May

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Export Report Shows Consistent Growth and Diversification of West Virginia Economy

Thursday, March 14 2019

State outpaced the nation in export growth and produced year-over-year gains for second consecutive year 

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Manufacturers talk business with West Virginia suppliers at Auto Supply Chain Expo

Friday, March 08 2019

HURRICANE, W.Va. — Automotive manufacturers with operations in West Virginia met face-to-face with local suppliers at the West Virginia Automotive Supply Chain Expo. The event took place March 7 at the Valley Park Conference Center in Hurricane.

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Gov. Justice Announces Additional Land and Water Conservation Grant Awards for Brooke and Marshall Counties

Wednesday, November 28 2018

WHEELING, WV - Today, Gov. Jim Justice awarded an additional two Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants for community outdoor recreation development and open space preservation in Brooke, Marshall, Ritchie and Wood Counties. The LWCF program is housed within the Community Advancement and...

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