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West Virginia’s prime location, highly productive workforce and pro-business climate are just a few reasons successful companies continue to say #YesWV.

  • West Virginia is within a day’s drive of 50% of the U.S. population and a third of the Canadian market.

  • West Virginia is a right to work state.

  • West Virginia’s workforce recorded the lowest manufacturing turnover rate in the country and is below the national average of turnover rates in all other workforce categories.

  • West Virginia’s cost of living is below the national average, boasting a high quality of life with top-ranked universities, fulfilling careers, award-winning health institutions and ample outdoor recreation activities.

For industry specific, business assistance and tax credit information, download our industry packet to learn more about why you should say #YesWV.

DOWNLOAD INDUSTRY PACKET to learn why you should say #YesWV

This industry packet includes:

  • Industry Information
  • Business Assistance Information

Thriving Industry Spotlight:


Forest Products

The wood industry of West Virginia generates $3.2 billion annually for the state’s economy and provides more than 30,000 jobs within the state with 12 million acres of forestland and 75 billion board feet of timber inventory. West Virginia is the second-leading hardwood state in the U.S. and each of its 55 counties has some segment of the wood industry as an employer. Wood products manufacturing businesses include loggers, sawmills, dry kilns, rustic rail fence producers, veneer plants, furniture parts producers, kitchen cabinets and other wooden furniture.

Meet the Team


West Virginia Department of Economic Development

Matt Borror headshot

Matt Borror
Manager, Business Retention and Expansion

Angela Mascia
General Manager, Europe

HAZ Board Members:

Ruthana Beezley
Executive Director, Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Authority

Mallie Combs
Executive Director, Hardy County Development Authority

Robert L. Morris, Jr.
Executive Director, Randolph County Development Authority

The West Virginia Hardwood Alliance Zone consists of twelve counties in the heart of West Virginia’s premier hardwood region. We provide a competitive advantage to the hardwood industry business in relation to relocation, expansion, and development. https://www.westvirginiahaz.com/en/home/

Learn more about HAZ: https://youtu.be/Rjd3LjcAx6c

and learn about our business advantages


Companies that already call West Virginia home:


Thriving Industries

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