The WVEDC holds its Annual Meeting in the fall of each year at a site selected by our Board of Directors. Our Legislative Conference is held in Charleston each winter during the West Virginia Legislative Session. As part of both of these activities the Council offers informative workshops on timely development subjects and provides seminars designed for strengthening the professional development skills of our members. Special meetings are also called on occasion, as appropriate, on the advice of the WVEDC President with the concurrence of the Board of Directors.

WVEDC Legislative Conference
February 16-17, 2021

The WVEDC Legislative Conference is scheduled for February 16-17, 2021 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, WV.  We will post more information about the conference as it becomes available.


The Stand Up Rural America Conference has been rescheduled to April 27 through April 29, 2021 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, West Virginia. 

The event, Stand Up Rural America-Forging a New Path, will feature more than 20 nationally renowned subject matter experts and successful economic development practitioners.​

Topics to be covered include planning, leadership, entrepreneurship, downtown revitalization, marketing, regionalism, business retention & expansion,  effective communications, rural retail, housing, rural broadband, talent development and much more. Additional content regarding preparedness, strategies for helping our communities rebound, rebuild and restore our communities following the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis will also be included. 

Experience an event designed specifically for Rural America. You will receive tangible tools and strategies to help your cities, counties and regions grow. This event is packed with informative and dynamic panels, presentations, discussions, networking and celebrating what makes Rural America special. Representatives from more than 20 states enjoyed our inaugural event in Tulsa in July of 2019 while garnering high praise for the superior level of speakers, quality content and excellent networking opportunities. ​

The Summit is being coordinated and hosted by ACCELERATION by design LLC and WVEDC is the local Summit sponsor/host.

This Summit is perfect for Economic Development Organizations, Chambers of Commerce, Cities, Counties, Regional Groups, Utilities, Industry Leaders, Lenders, Board Members and anyone with a vested interest in the growth and prosperity of Rural America.

​You won't want to miss this special event. Please join us in West Virginia to celebrate Rural America in April 2021.


Deno Paolini
Defining the Way Leadership Co.  | Leadership Trainer  | Corporate Facilitator | Coach

Garry Clark
Greater Fremont Development Council | President & CEO | Author | TedX Speaker

Deb Brown
SaveYour.Town | Small Town Specialist 

Rick Rhodes
Texas Rural Funders Collaboration | Rural Engagement Coordinator​

Colleen Walton
Brand Acceleration  | Marketing Specialist

Chuck Branch
NextSite | CEO​

Tom Wengler
OctoUX | Certified HubSpot Partner | CRM Expert​

Brad Thomas
Kentucky's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives | Economic Development Specialist​

Josh Nowell
Downtown Comeback | HGTV Home Town Cast | Co-Owner Laurel Mercantile​

Mallorie Raspberry
Downtown Comeback | HGTV Home Town Cast | Co-Owner Laurel Mercantile

Jim Rasberry
Downtown Comeback | HGTV Home Town Cast | Co-Owner Laurel Mercantile​

Dave Quinn
Day One Experts | Managing Partner | The Solutionist Mastermind Group​

Stevie Field-Chavez
GIS Planning | Vice President of Regional Sales​

Lorie Vincent
ACCELERATION by design LLC | President | Author | Humorist​

Gerri Lawing
Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperatives, Inc. | Economic Development Director​

James Chavez
South Carolina Power Team | President & CEO​

Drew Myers
Defining Audacity Radio Show & Podcast | Radio Personality | Writer​

and more...


Click here for the conference website.