Welcome to WVEDC.org

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.

February 27,2017


The WVEDC Board of Directors will meet on Monday, February 27 at 3:00 p.m. in the Charleston Boardroom of the Embassy Suites in Charleston, WV.

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March 23 2017

Apprenticeships are a question many economic developers receive from their companies.  They offer great return on investment.  How much is the skills gap costing your business? Join RCBI April 4 at 2 p.m. EDT for a free webinar to learn how apprenticeships can reduce expenses, improve quality and boost your bottom line.  PLEASE SHARE with employers in your area. The Apprenticeship Works approach makes apprenticeships more affordable for employers and more accessible to employees. Learn more about how we can help your business develop the skilled workers you need to innovate and grow. Register for our webinar by Monday, April 3, at 3 p.m. at http://www.rcbi.org/go/roi. We will send an email explaining how to join the webinar. Apprenticeship Works is part of the DoL’s American Apprenticeship Initiative. For more information, contact Lucinda Curry at 304.720.7742 or .  Registration deadline is April 3 at 3 p.m.

March 17 2017

The Best Buy Foundation, through its Community Grants program, will award grants of up to $10,000 to local and regional nonprofit organizations that provide teens with places and opportunities to develop twenty-first century technology skills. Examples of program activities include computer programming, digital imaging (photography, graphic design, videography), music production, robotics, and gaming and mobile app development. To be eligible, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or public agency working to provide teens with access to opportunities through technology. In addition, organization must provide direct services that help build technology skills in teens between the ages of 13 and 18; and be located within fifty miles of a Best Buy store, Best Buy Mobile location, Best Buy Distribution Center, Best Buy Service Center, or Best Buy’s corporate campus. Organizations that have engaged Best Buy employee-volunteers will receive special consideration. See the Best Buy Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

March 17 2017

This link includes the President’s entire proposed budget.  Some of the areas affecting Economic Development (sent from IEDC) https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/omb/budget/fy2018/2018_blueprint.pdf Affrecting Economic Development (sent from IEDC) Elimination of: - Economic Development Administration - Minority Business Development Agency - Appalachian Regional Commission - Delta Regional Authority - Denali Commission - Community Development Block Grant Program - National Endowment for the Arts - Northern Border Regional Commission - TIGER Discretionary Grant Program - Community Development Financial Institutions - Discontinues discretionary spending in the Rural Business Cooperative Service at USDA—$95 million Cut funds: - Discontinue funding for the Manufacturing Extension Program - $124 - Discontinues discretionary spending in the Rural Business Cooperative Service at USDA—$95 million -Eliminates funding for the Essential Air Service (EAS) program, -Initiates a multi-year reauthorization proposal to shift the air traffic control function of the Federal Aviation Administration to an independent, non-governmental organization, making the system more efficient and innovative while maintaining safety. This would benefit the flying public and taxpayers overall -Eliminates funding for the unauthorized TIGER discretionary grant program,

March 17 2017

Here is the complete list of agencies and programs to be defunded under President Trump’s proposed budget.  Please take time to look through the list. There are many programs in the proposal that will have a significant impact on WV if they are eliminated.