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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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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West Virginia's Automotive Industry: Keeping Good Company in Our Communities

Friday, September 29 2017

When a new business comes to town — or established businesses announce expansions and investments — people celebrate. We welcome the new employment opportunities, the retained jobs, the tax base support and other economic advantages to the community.

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Diversifying West Virginia's Economy: The Mountain State's Automotive Industry

Monday, September 25 2017

Some journeys never end. They aren't meant to. That's the way it is with building a strong, diverse economy in West Virginia or anywhere else in the world. Conditions change, markets shift, and we continue to adapt and move forward.

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Export trade mission helps dock builder land half-million-dollar project in Nicaragua

Wednesday, August 30 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia company recently completed a half-million dollar project in the picturesque beach town of San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua. The project began when American Muscle Docks and Fabrication joined the U.S. Commercial Service Trade Mission to Central America in March...

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Expense Assist elevates cost control to high-tech art

Thursday, August 17 2017

 

Gary Bohm’s time used to be swept away in a daily deluge of paper invoices and contracts. He ran a cost reduction consulting firm that analyzed business costs.

 

“I knew there had to be a better way,” he said.

Not finding a solution on the market, he created his own.

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Exporting: A big opportunity for West Virginia small businesses

Friday, May 19 2017

Exporting isn’t just for big companies. Small and medium businesses represent 98 percent of the 408,000 businesses that engaged in international trade in 2015, according to the United States Department of Commerce.

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Celebrating #SBDCDay, WVSBDC helps owner find the right fit with shoe business

Wednesday, March 22 2017

West Virginia native Carla Siburt always wanted a business of her own. She found the right fit with Allen’s Bootery, a cornerstone of business in Moundsville for nearly 70 years.

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