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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.

June 27, 2016

WVEDC Board Meeting

The WVEDC Board of Directors will be Monday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at the offices of Spilman, Thomas and Battle, 300 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston, WV.

July 25, 2015

WVEDC Board Meeting

The WVEDC Board of Directors will meet Monday, July 25 at 11 a.m. at the offices of Spilman, Thomas and Battle, 300 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston, WV.

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June 24 2016

SPECIAL FLOOD UPDATE - from WV Chamber of Commerce With emergency contact information and relief efforts Historic Flooding Sweeps Across West Virginia Relief Efforts Underway Historic and tragic flooding swept across large parts of West Virginia yesterday. As of Friday morning, there were at least three (3) flood-related deaths in West Virginia, with rescue efforts continuing in several counties. Significant flooding was reported in Richwood, White Sulphur Springs, Summersville, and throughout Nicholas and Greenbrier Counties. Parts of downtown Richwood were evacuated and many area businesses sustained flood damage. Flooding was also reported in the Elkview and Clendenin areas of Kanawha County. Approximately 200 people were trapped overnight in the Crossings Mall shopping plaza in Elkview when the access road washed out. Rivers that overflowed their banks included the Gauley, Cherry and Cranberry rivers. The Gauley River at Camden-on-Gauley reached an all-time high water level of 29 feet on Thursday night. Electricity is out in portions of the state, with more than 34,000 customers without power on Thursday evening. Water and natural gas service has been disrupted in many areas. Downed trees and mudslides have closed numerous roads and highways. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a State of Emergency for 44 of West Virginia’s 55 counties in response to the flooding. The State of Emergency includes all parts of the state except for the Northern and Eastern Panhandle counties. The state’s Emergency Operations Center was activated on Thursday, and Governor Tomblin has mobilized the WV National Guard. State agencies such as the WV Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the WV Department of Health & Human Resources (DHHR), as well as private organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, are all engaged in the flood relief effort. Local 911 centers are fielding calls from residents with emergencies. Contact information for local WV County Emergency Management Offices in all 55 counties can be obtained at the following link: http://www.dhsem.wv.gov/Important Contact Numbers/Pages/default.aspx. Updates from WV Homeland Security are being posted on social media at the following Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WVDHSEM/ WV Congressman Evan Jenkins has already contacted Governor Tomblin’s office and has offered to expedite any request for a federal disaster declaration for the affected counties. Congressman Jenkins’ office can be contacted by phone at (202) 225-3452 or online at https://evanjenkins.house.gov/contact The West Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross has opened emergency shelters in Pocahontas, Roane and Kanawha Counties. http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery/find-an-open-shelter Relief efforts are underway across the state, with food items, cleaning supplies and bottled water being collected by various groups. Contact information for relief organizations is provided below: American Red Cross—WV Chapter: Phone 304-340-3650 or 1-800-REDCROSS http://www.redcross.org/local/west-virginia Salvation Army—WV Chapter: Phone 304-343-4548 http://salvationarmymwv.org/ Leadership West Virginia has launched a relief effort involving all alumni of all LWV classes. Food items, bottled water and cleaning supplies are being collected by LWV alumni across the state to be delivered to the Nicholas County Community Foundation in Richwood. Monetary contributions can be sent to Pam Farris at Leadership WV, 1624 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston WV 25311. For more information about this LWV relief effort, contact Jared Tully (LWV Class of 2016) at or Pam Farris at The West Virginia State Republican Party is also collecting flood relief supplies at its Convention and Summer Meeting this weekend in Charleston. Non-perishable food items and cleaning supplies can be dropped off at the Charleston Marriott (2nd floor) from 12 noon Friday until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, contact the WV Republican Party at 304-768-0493. News Articles: http://wvmetronews.com/2016/06/24/flood-deaths-rise-rescue-efforts-ongoing-in-some-counties/ http://wvmetronews.com/2016/06/23/tomblin-issues-state-of-emergency-for-44-counties/ http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20160623/two-found-dead-homes-swept-away-by-storms-in-wv http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20160624/update-rescues-continue-dunbar-sc-bridge-closed http://wchstv.com/news/local/state-of-emergency-declared-in-44-west-virginia-counties-after-massive-flooding

June 10 2016

Bon Appalachia! campaign, including WV as one of the 13 ARC states,  is a project of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), a regional economic development agency whose mission is to be a strategic partner and advocate for sustainable community and economic development in Appalachia. ARC and its Tourism Council,  developed the Bon Appetit! Bon Appalachia! initiative to highlight the region’s most distinctive local food destinations.  A local map is here: http://visitappalachia.com/bonappetitappalachia/wp-content/uploads/SocialMediaCookbookWeb.pdf A cookbook here:  http://visitappalachia.com/bonappetitappalachia/wp-content/uploads/SocialMediaCookbookWeb.pdf http://visitappalachia.com/bonappetitappalachia/