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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Newsroom

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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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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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 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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West Virginia businesses join historic Africa trade mission

Monday, September 14 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Eight West Virginia businesses are heading to Africa to expand export opportunities. The mission is being led by the West Virginia Development Office International Division in cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The mission is the...

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West Virginia receives federal grant funding for export assistance

Tuesday, August 25 2015
CHARLESTON, W.Va.– Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced West Virginia has been selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to receive $200,000 in State Trade and Export (STEP) grant funding to support a new export assistance program under the West Virginia Development Office – West...
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Governor Tomblin, Department of Commerce celebrate West Virginia's top exporters

Tuesday, July 21 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined Department of Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette, the West Virginia Development Office and the West Virginia Export Council to present the Governor's Commendation for International Market Entry to 46 West Virginia business exporters.

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