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International Development

A World of Opportunity

The International Development Team assists companies from Asia, Europe and around the world in establishing facilities in West Virginia and supports our existing companies in increasing their exports.  

Over 136 companies from 30 countries have chosen West Virginia as their ideal operational base in North America. West Virginia companies, both large and small, contribute to the growth in our exports.  In 2018, West Virginia exports were valued at $8.1 billion.

The International Development Team is focused on enhancing West Virginia’s success in the global economy.

International Investment


Through our West Virginia-based staff and representative offices located in Japan and Switzerland, we assist international companies as they expand to North America. International companies continue to invest in the state due to our affordable cost of doing business, skilled workforce, positive business climate and various other factors.  

Team’s Purpose:

To attract more international investment activities and opportunities to West Virginia

Team’s Focus: 

  • Site selection assistance
  • Loan program assistance
  • Labor force recruitment
  • Employee training programs
  • Tax credits and Tax Increment Financing
  • Tourism development and attraction


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Learn more about our international investment efforts and how our initiatives benefit West Virginia, international partners and your own business.


International Offices

Europe and Japan

Along with our West Virginia office, we also have representative offices located in Europe and Japan. Our multi-lingual representatives make it easy to research, visit and locate your perfect site.

West Virginia Europe Office

The West Virginia Europe Office located in Zurich, Switzerland, provides a central point of contact for European companies considering an investment into the United States. With multi-lingual representatives, communication is easy and efficient.

West Virginia Japan Office

West Virginia and Japan enjoy a strong business relationship.  The state’s Japan office, located in Nagoya, maintains contact with our current investors and provides assistance to Japanese companies expanding into the North America market.


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Learn more about our international offices and how each location is benefitting business in West Virginia and throughout the world. 


Exporting Assistance

About West Virginia’s Exporting Assistance

In 2018, West Virginia businesses exported goods and services to more than 140 countries. The Export Promotion Program is committed to assisting small and mid-sized West Virginia companies as they navigate the global marketplace.

 West Virginia export assistance is available through:


Export Assistance Team’s Services

  • Provides export counseling
  • Organizes participation in trade shows and missions
  • Connects exporters with freight forwarders, bankers, translators, and other service providers

STEP Export Program

West Virginia’s First STEP, Next STEP Export Assistance Program consists of four different programs meant to help businesses reach international markets.

  • Export Promotion Program
  • International Trade Exhibition Program
  • West Virginia Trade Show Pavilions Program
  • Market Finder Reimbursement Program

Want to learn more?

If you are an established or startup business in West Virginia with plans to export your products, contact our International Division. 


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