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.

August 28, 2017

WVEDC Board of Directors Meeting

The WVEDC Board of Directors will meet Monday, August 28 at 11:00 a.m. at the Spilman Center in Charleston.


September 24, 2017

WVEDC Board of Directors

The WVEDC Board of Directors will meet Sunday, September 24 at 4:00 p.m. at Glade Springs Resort.


August 18 2017

Another way to register for the September 24-26 Fall Conference is to go directly to the WVEDC website!  We have links to the Agenda, Conference Registration and Lodging information, & Scholarship information.  If you plan to register for any of the amazing Sunday-on-your-own-activities, please email Patty at: to request as those are not listed on our site.  Click below:  http://www.wvedc.org/about/meetings


August 18 2017

Hear ye’, hear ye’ we have the WVEDC’s Fall Conference AGENDA & ROOM INFO. for you! If you didn’t receive a conference registration email or want to sponsor please contact Patty at:  Where: The Resort at Glade Springs, Daniels, WV, September 24-26, 2018.  The New River Gorge Development Authority will be hosting this event.  Please note, Glade Springs Resort has extended the reservation deadline to August 24.  Lodging Information: The room rate is $129, plus tax and resort fee per night: ·  Executive King Suites ·  Deluxe Queens (2 Beds) at the Inn – Two of these are handicap accessible ·  Deluxe Kings at the Inn Please call Glade directly at 877-814-7316.  Please ask for the WV Economic Development Council’s room block. You will need a credit card to hold the room but no advance deposit will be charged.  Reservations will have a 7-day cancellation policy. 2017 FALL CONFERENCE AGENDA - Glade Springs Resort, September 24-26, 2017 Sunday, September 24 Noon - 5:00 p.m. Activities (see attached sheets) 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. WVEDC Board Meeting – Woodland Room 3, Glade Springs Resort 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Registration – Bright Foyer, Glade Springs Resort 5:00 p.m. Dinner on Your Own 7:00 p.m. Hospitality Suite Monday, September 25 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast Buffet - Foyer & Rotunda 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome & Introductions – Glade Room  Roberta Baylor, President, West Virginia Economic Development Council  Mayor Robert Shafer, President, New River Gorge Regional Economic Development Authority 9:00 -9:30 a.m. Legislative & Budget Update  Mike Basile, Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC  Brian Helmick, Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. TIF & New Markets Tax Credits  John Stump, Steptoe & Johnson 10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Break - Foyer 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. Site Location Strategies & Competition  Tommy Turner, Newmark Knight 11:00 a.m – noon Innovative Marketing, Communications & Deal Closing  Bryan Gray, Revenue Path Group Noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch – Bright Ballroom  Danny Bell, Boy Scouts of America 1:00 p.m. Buses, Car Pools Leave for Tours 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Tours  Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve (Bus provided)  Exhibition Coal Mine (Car Pool)  Tamarack (Car Pool)  Activities at Glade Springs Resort (on your own) 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Buses Return from Tours 6:00 p.m. Dinner – Bright Ballroom  WV Craft Breweries, Charles Brockway 8:00 p.m. Hospitality Suite Tuesday, September 26 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet - Rotunda 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Announcements & WVEDC Business Meeting – Glade Room 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. ARC Grants & Programs  TBD 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. International Investment Opportunities & Support Programs  European American Investment Council 10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Networking Break - Foyer 11:45 – 12:15 p.m. Closing Remarks  Woody Thrasher, Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Commerce Drawing for Grand Prize & Adjournment


August 18 2017

EARLY-BIRD RATE IS AVAILABLE NOW! Now’s the time to register for ARC’s 2017 annual conference Transforming Appalachia: Embracing Change to Drive Progress, hosted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania October 17–19 in Pittsburgh, PA. Who will be there? Hundreds of Appalachia’s economic development leaders, practitioners, and innovators. What will they be talking about? Opportunities and issues shaping Appalachia’s economic future in areas including entrepreneurship, business development, health, tourism, energy, downtown development, manufacturing, and food and agriculture and other emerging sectors. Register now at http://www.arc.gov/conference and be a part of the conversation!