• Strategic Advantages
  • Key Industries
  • Business Assistance
  • Global Engagement
    • Global Engagement

      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.

  • Sites & Buildings
    • Sites & Buildings

      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.

  • WVForward
  • News 
  • Close

Community Development

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 Community Development Division of the West Virginia Development Office 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.

Role of Community Development Division

  • Support existing businesses in the expansion and retention of their operations.
  • Attract new businesses to locate in the state.
  • Generate new leads and prospects of potential investors.
  • Diversify West Virginia’s economy by marketing to targeted industries.
  • Provide comprehensive development assistance.
  • Provide research, planning and technical support.
  • Work with local governments and economic developers to improve the quality of life in communities.

Programs administered by Community Development


  • Community Participation Grant Program (CPGP)
  • Local Economic Development–Certified Development Community (LED–CDC)
  • Waste Coal


  • Main Street/ON TRAC
  • Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
  • Neighborhood Investment Program (NIP)


  • Small Cities Block Grant (SCBG)
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)