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WV Economic Development: Expedited Permitting Process

 

About the Program

Economic development projects now have the opportunity to receive expedited permitting. West Virginia offers certificates of critical economic concern for high priority projects. The designation is awarded to projects meeting a set of criteria based on the project’s projected economic impact. These projects will require regular, completed permit application status update reporting from agencies to the permit applicant, the West Virginia Development Office and the Governor.


Executive Order No. 9-18

The program was created by Governor Jim Justice, Executive Order No. 9-18, and is managed by the West Virginia Development Office.

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How to Apply

Electronic form below. Applicants should be aware that not all projects submitted are eligible.

Expedited Permit Request


Questions? Contact Us.

Questions about the program should be directed to Jordan Ferrell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 





 

West Virginia is the right place to locate.

WV Ready, a site certification and readiness program, was developed to make the evaluation of WV industrial sites more efficient and effective for companies and consultants.

WV READY Program Goals:

  • De-risk selection of a WV site for companies
  • Reduce a company’s capital investment cost
  • Accelerate a company’s ability to get to market

How will WV Ready achieve program goals?

  • Develop high valued industrial sites
  • Increase quantity of available industrial sites
  • Improve quality of available industrial sites

WV Ready, certified sites are:

  • Controlled with an asking price
  • Have completed due diligence
  • Can achieve permits quickly
     

Find a WV READY Site
 

WV READY Program Goals:

  • De-risk selection of a WV site for companies
  • Reduce a company’s capital investment cost
  • Accelerate a company’s ability to get to market

How will WV Ready achieve program goals?

  • Develop high valued industrial sites
  • Increase quantity of available industrial sites
  • Improve quality of available industrial sites

>WV Ready, certified sites are:

  • Controlled with an asking price
  • Have completed due diligence
  • Can achieve permits quickly  

Find a WV READY Site
 


Are you ready to become a West Virginia Ready Site?

Available, ready industrial properties are essential for West Virginia to remain competitive for industrial recruitment. The WV READY program supports local economic development groups through technical assistance in readying industrial properties and evaluating potential industrial sites.

 

WV READY is a three-step process:

Step 1: Intent to Apply

This short letter will be completed by the local economic development board and submitted to WV READY.  Up to ten properties may be identified in this submission.  The WV READY team will select sites for participation in this program.

Download the Intent to Apply Template
Intent to Apply letters should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Deadline: April 30, 2018

 

Step 2:  Application

Upon receipt of the Intent to Apply letter, submitted sites will be reviewed by a selection committee, and the Economic Development Board will be sent a WV Ready application.

 
Note: Only groups that have successfully completed and submitted the Letter of Interest and the Application by the deadline will be eligible to participate.


The Economic Development Board for a selected site will receive a WV READY site inventory application. The site inventory application along with the site documentation shall be completed and submitted by the Economic Development Board. Successful applicants will be notified via email and/or telephone to the primary contacts listed on the Intent to Apply letter.

 
Note: A limited number of site will be selected to participate in WV READY Evaluation program. Sites will be selected to participate through a competitive application process.
 
Note: Incomplete applications will be returned, and sites will not be evaluated.

 

Step 3: Site Readiness Evaluation

The WV READY team will prepare a final report that addresses the property's readiness along with its strengths and weaknesses. Recommendations to improve the site’s readiness and marketability will be included.  

 

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the deadline to submit Intent to Apply for participation in WV READY?

The deadline for submission of the Intent to Apply is April 30, 2018.

Who is eligible to participate in WV READY?

A local or regional economic development organization.

A municipality whose site’s boundary falls within its jurisdiction.

A county government whose site’s boundary fall within its jurisdiction.

Can a private property owner have a site certified?

A private property owner’s site can be certified if they are sponsored by an eligible governmental agency.

Is there a minimum acreage size for sites to be included?

Yes, the minimum size of an eligible site is 20 Acres.

Is there a fee for applying to the WV READY program?

No fee is required for participation.

Are application expenses eligible for reimbursement?

No, expenses incurred prior to the date of a contract with the State are not eligible for reimbursement.

How can funds be utilized?

Eligible uses of funds may include, but are not limited to, completion of due diligence items such as environmental work, archeological work, engineering, or purchase of property.

Can “In-Kind” services or funds be used as match?

The governmental agency will be the controlling entity. Any funds or in-kind services shall be donated to the governmental agency. The governmental agency will retain ownership of the work produced by any donated funds or services. In-kind services must be detailed in a technical services agreement to qualify and must be billed. In-kind services from one entity shall be limited to no more than 25% of the award.

Is grant administration for LED an eligible expense on Site Readiness Matching Grants?

No, any administration costs incurred by the applicant should be covered by the applicant and is not reimbursable.





The Apprenticeship In Motion (AIM) program promotes and expands registered nontraditional apprenticeship activity in the Mountain State. This working group of partners identify, standardize and develop courses that are needed statewide to increase the number of registered apprenticeship programs and improve the capacity of the traditional providers to better serve the apprenticeship model.

The AIM program hosts summits to train companies and small businesses in West Virginia on how to integrate the apprenticeship model into their human resource practices. Summit attendees hear from senior business leaders from across the country about why apprenticeship has been an effective training model in their workplaces.

 

2018 Summit Presentations

Apprenticeship and the GI Bill: How You Can Help a Veteran

Advancing the Future of the Mountain State Through Secure Software Development

Making Apprenticeship Work Like It Should

Occupational and Economic Development

Healthcare Apprenticeships

The Basics of Apprenticeship

 

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For more information contact:

 

Sharon Adams
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AIM Partners

 


 

Contact for Media:

Chelsea A. Ruby
Director of Marketing and Communications
West Virginia Department of Commerce
304-957-9364