The WVEDC has evolved from the West Virginia Industrial Development Association (WVIDA) which was created in 1961 through the efforts of some sixteen railroads and public utilities. Today, our professional membership represents both the private and public sectors from utilities and railroads as well as from banks, local development authorities, private industry, regional planning and development councils, and local, state and federal government. Successful economic development requires a coordinated, cooperative effort of many individuals and organizations from both the public and private sectors. The West Virginia Economic Development Council brings those persons responsible together, and allows for the creation of a unified, overall program of economic development in West Virginia.