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The West Virginia Economic Development Council was created to bring the various economic development professionals and organizations from around the state together to share and collaborate on common programs and issues. WVEDC promotes activities to retain and expand current business and industry in West Virginia and to attract new business and industry to West Virginia. WVEDC is the only professional organization in the State with the sole functions of promoting economic development and serving economic development professionals across West Virginia. Please browse our site to find out more about our commitment to the communities, businesses, and economy of West Virginia. Thank you, and enjoy your visit.

October 24, 2016

WVEDC Board of Directors Meeting

The WVEDC Board of Directors will meet at 11:00 a.m. at the offices of Spilman, Thomas and Battle in Charleston.


November 28, 2016

WVEDC Board of Directors Meeting

The WVEDC Board of Directors will meet at 11:00 a.m. at the offices of Spilman, Thomas and Battle in Charleston.


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December 7 2016

On Saturday, December 10, WV SUN will host its first ever West Virginia Solar Congress at the West Virginia University School of Law (101 Law School Drive) in Morgantown from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Solar Congress will bring together our state’s solar advocates, co-op members, nonprofits, policy makers, and professionals to discuss solar in West Virginia. There will be morning and afternoon breakout sessions as well as a large-group discussion forum, with a happy-hour reception to follow. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.  Everyone is welcome! For more information, click on http://www.wvsun.org/west-virginia-solar-congress-december-10/


December 7 2016

WVDO Flex-E-Grants of up to $10,000 are now available to support community development initiatives in West Virginia’s most economically distressed counties. All applications must be postmarked no later than Dec. 16. The West Virginia Development Office’s Flex-E-Grant Program provides funding to increase community capacity and leadership behind local development efforts. Funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the grants cannot be used for construction, but instead must contribute to increasing local capacity, human resource development and local systems capacity.  Formally designated “distressed” counties will receive priority consideration. Those counties are: Calhoun Clay Gilmer Lincoln McDowell Mingo Roane Webster In addition, highest priority will also be given to projects that address disaster recovery in the flood-impacted counties of Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas and Summers. All applications must be postmarked no later than Dec. 16. To give you an idea of the kinds of proposals that may be funded, here’s a few projects that have been supported by Flex-E-Grant funding in the past: BAD Buildings Rescue: Completed environmental assessments of two abandoned buildings, with a view to future conversion for community use. Creating Community Leaders: A summer youth development program that included instruction in drug abuse prevention, healthy lifestyles, community beautification and economic development. Local Tourism Initiative: Created a website and social media feed to promote local community as a stargazing destination. Conducted dark skies conservation workshop, and developed visitor database to track visitors to the area. Development Planning: Contracted with a consultant to develop local revitalization plan, with a focus on addressing abandoned and dilapidated buildings. Local Food and Farm Economy: Provided planning services to develop a farmers market in downtown area, including analysis of local growers, site location and market organization. Community Center: Increase the sustainability of the local community center by developing social media, a direct donor campaign, and a newsletter to assist in support and fundraising. If you’ve got a great idea and need a few thousand dollars to get it started, consider applying for an ARC Flex-E-Grant. However, you better get started – all applications must be postmarked no later than Dec. 16. For more information, contact James Bush at the West Virginia Development Office, at , or 304-558-2234.