I'm looking for community grants and assistance.

Our communities are the cornerstone of our state. Let us help you find the programs and information you need.

The Department of Commerce is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all West Virginians by strengthening our communities and expanding the state's economy to create more opportunities and better jobs. The West Virginia Department of Commerce Office of Community Advancement assists communities in preparing for economic development opportunities and administers state and federal programs designed to make needed civic improvements and to attract private sector investments.
Sustaining strong and vibrant communities is of utmost importance to the future of West Virginia. Nonprofit organizations play a pivotal role in providing services and programs, which improve the quality of life and business opportunities in the state. Through the Office of Community Advancement technical and financial assistance is available to many organizations.



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I want to grow my business.

Our individual assistance is designed to help your business grow and thrive.

Are you looking for a new site location? In need of specialized training for your employees? No matter your current need, the West Virginia Department of Commerce is here to help your business achieve long-term success. With more than 800 company site visits conducted last year, members of our Business Retention and Expansion team are dedicated to supporting businesses, like yours, in West Virginia.

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Prime Location

West Virginia is strategically located on the East Coast.

Direct access without the inconveniences. 

West Virginia is located in the heart of Appalachia and offers access to major metropolitan areas including Washington, DC, New York City, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Raleigh, Columbus, Chicago, Lexington and Atlanta – without the big city inconveniences. 
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West Virginia’s location puts business and industry within an eight-hour driving distance to half of the U.S. population and a third of the Canadian market.

Solid infrastructure to connect West Virginia businesses to the entire United States.

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West Virginia is conveniently connected to the East Coast and Continental U.S. by an intricate system of railways, waterways and highways.
West Virginia offers nearly 420 miles of navigable waterways, with five navigable rivers connecting to international shipping ports. Economic hotspots have developed along the six major interstates that run through our state, in particular the I-81 corridor. And between connections with Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation, West Virginia has more than 1,900 route miles of railroads.

Global gateway in the heart of West Virginia.

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West Virginia is also home to a newly constructed road-to-rail cargo transfer station, known as the Heartland Intermodal Gateway. Located in Prichard, West Virginia, the site was strategically selected as it sits exactly one mile from the center point of the Norfolk Southern Heartland Corridor.
The Heartland Intermodal Gateway spans across 100 acres of land. In addition to the neighboring Norfolk Southern rail line, the facility has direct access to U.S. Route 52, I-64, U.S. Route 23 and is located along the I-73/I-74 Corridor and Big Sandy River.
The facility is operated by Parsec and offers state-of-the-art equipment and services, including:
  • A weigh in motion (WIM) scale
  • Two Tier IV Diesel Taylor Reach Stackers to accommodate containers ranging from 20 to 53 feet
  • Gated entrance and exit
  • Motion-detecting PTZ cameras onsite
  • 24/7 remote access viewing for site security to ensure shipments are safe and secure
The Heartland Intermodal Gateway offers substantial cost savings, as companies that ship through the facility are projected to save more than $600 per container, when compared to direct trucking to the Port of Virginia. The facility also is projected to reduce private sector logistics costs by approximately $17.5 million annually by 2025.

Small city protection, big city value.

West Virginia is outside the federal blast zone and insulated from natural disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.
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Our location, coupled with our connections, make global access easy in West Virginia. Let our strategic location work for you.

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I'm looking for a new location.

Let us help you find the perfect site.

The development team at the West Virginia Department of Commerce stands ready to help your company find its competitive edge is West Virginia. With an extensive background in business and industry development, our team is committed to making sure you receive individual, confidential assistance every step of the way as your explore West Virginia’s available site and space opportunities. We want to make sure your search is personal and detailed to fit your specific business needs. We offer business concierge services to assist each of our clients.

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I want to start a business.

West Virginia is a place where dreams become reality.

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center is a statewide network that provides essential information for successfully starting, expanding and growing a small business. SBDC programs are designed to provide high-quality business and economic development assistance to promote growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity and management improvement.

With multiple centers statewide, SBDC provides strategic one-on-one business couching at no cost. The SBDC’s efforts align with expanded capital access efforts offered throughout the state. The technical assistance provided by an SBDC business coach is critical to help companies understand and prepare for capital access opportunities.

Our coaches are professionally certified in a variety of areas of expertise.

The SBDC also provides targeted training workshops at little or no cost and serves as connectors for training opportunities available throughout West Virginia.

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The SBDC is an accredited member of America’s SBDC network. A division of the West Virginia Development Office, the SBDC is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.


Contact for Media:

Chelsea A. Ruby
Director of Marketing and Communications
West Virginia Department of Commerce