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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February's featured sites

Thursday, February 09 2017

West Virginia is home to more than 150 sites that are readily available to meet your clients' needs. We understand the value of your time, and we want to assist you and your clients every step of the way. Our new website provides an online site selection tool to make the beginning steps of site...

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6 things you should know about West Virginia's business climate

Thursday, February 02 2017


Want to know what top U.S. and International companies already know about doing business in West Virginia? Here are six fast facts.

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Governor Tomblin Unveils Hobet Project as Rock Creek Development Park

Thursday, October 27 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced that the Hobet economic development project in Southern West Virginia will be known as Rock Creek Development Park. Through a public-private approach, the state has reached agreement with local landowners, who are donating developable...

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Governor Tomblin, Department of Commerce Celebrate West Virginia's Top Exporters

Thursday, August 25 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, along with West Virginia Department of Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette, today awarded the International Market Entry Award to 37 companies from across the Mountain State. These awards honor West Virginia companies that successfully exported to a new...

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West Virginia announces 12th consecutive reduction in workers' comp rates

Friday, July 29 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (July 29, 2016) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced West Virginia employers will see a projected $36 million reduction in workers' compensation premiums in the coming year, and have seen a savings of more than $352 million since the program was privatized in 2006.

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Governor Tomblin joins Hino Motors Team to celebrate production of 50,000th truck at West Virginia plant

Wednesday, July 13 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (June 28, 2016) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined business executives from Hino Motor Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. and nearly 300 team members from the company’s Williamstown plant to celebrate the production of the facility’s 50,000th truck in West Virginia.

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West Virginia Department of Commerce celebrates winners of President’s “E” export award

Tuesday, May 17 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Commerce congratulates three West Virginia companies on winning 2016 President’s “E” Awards for exporting.

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Governor Tomblin and Senator Manchin host luncheon with Japanese investors

Friday, April 22 2016

NEW YORK (April 22, 2016) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, in conjunction with the West Virginia Department of Commerce and the Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation, today hosted a luncheon with Japanese business leaders to highlight the strong partnership between West...

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Data center to build fiber optic ring in Kanawha Valley

Wednesday, December 16 2015
CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Economic Development Authority has approved a $2.2 million loan to Alpha Technologies, Inc., to build a 35-mile fiber optic ring to offer its customers a 1 gigabit connection to its data center in South Charleston. “This will give us a huge...
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Governor Tomblin highlights natural gas development and workforce efforts at Tri-State Shale Summit

Tuesday, October 13 2015

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (via video conference) at the inaugural Tri-State Shale Summit, highlighting the ongoing development of natural gas in West Virginia and the state’s workforce development...

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