West Virginia is located in the heart of Appalachia, strategically located and connected to major metropolitan areas up and down the Eastern U.S. and Canada. Learn how our low cost of living and pro-business tax climate coupled with a high quality of life make life better here.
West Virginia's diverse economy has moved beyond our history of resource extraction to include a robust array of products and services. Learn about the key industries that have taken a foothold here and learn why leading companies make their home in the Mountain State.
The West Virginia Development Office works hard to make the process of locating in West Virginia smooth and seamless. Our team walks with businesses every step of the way to locate a new site, expand facilities, export goods, train to employees, and much more.
West Virginia is home to more than 130 businesses representing 27 countries from around the world, and West Virginia businesses export goods and services to more than 95 countries. Learn how our international team works out of three worldwide office to foster global engagement.
West Virginia has a number of diverse site and building opportunities. One of our most exciting opportunities is Rock Creek Development Park, offering 12,000 acres of flat, developable land in southern West Virginia. Explore Rock Creek Development Park and our site selection tool that lets you take the first steps to finding a new location in West Virginia.
Major market transitions require bold, innovative thinking. In response, the West Virginia Development Office (“WVDO”) developed a loaned executive program to capture new and unrealized opportunities for the Mountain State. We are now accepting our next round of applicants for the program. Join our team and help West Virginia reach its potential.
West Virginia Executive Loan Program (“EXCEL WV”)
EXCEL WV is a special opportunity for top-level talent to share their expertise with the WVDO. Participants confront challenging economic development issues and help grow jobs in West Virginia. Participants solve problems, improve processes, and design new programs to change the trajectory of West Virginia.
Application deadline for the next Excel WV class is April 9, 2018.
Program partners “loan” their talented leaders to the WVDO for a defined period not to exceed one year. These loaned executives may participate on a part-time or full-time basis and be on-site or serve remotely. All participants are expected to be fully-committed to the program while involved. During their tenure, participants remain employees of their host company or institution. The WVDO organizes and administers the program in conjunction with a volunteer steering committee comprised of distinguished business leaders from across the state.
EXCEL WV loaned executives apply their specialized skills to projects that produce assets to support the efforts of the Development Office. Examples of projects include developing a sustainable site readiness program, economic impact studies to support legislation and creative funding sources for business development. Loaned executives are mentored by senior, second career executives who have achieved a high level of success in West Virginia and desire to further contribute to advance the future of the Mountain State.
Why should you participate in the EXCEL WV Program?
Loaned Executives are mentored by some of West Virginia’s top business and thought leaders, and have the opportunity to work directly with WVDO clients interested in West Virginia.
Employers should participate because their loaned employees enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience to help grow the state’s economy, while further developing their employees as future leaders for the state.
Here’s an example of a EXCEL WV program initiative
How will your company benefit from the EXCEL WV Program?
EXCEL WV is a highly-selective program and multi-disciplinary team. We are seeking engineers, lawyers, accountants, sales persons, business executives, logisticians, economists, technologists, and others. Participants must be passionate about West Virginia and committed to its success.