1. Appalachian Power – http://www.aep.com/
AEP operates as Appalachian Power Company (APCo) in West Virginia, serving almost 475,000 customers in its 9,200 square-mile service territory that spans 23 of West Virginia’s 55 counties. We offer a single, convenient source for prospective businesses to access the people and information needed to support your growth.
2. Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program: http://www.wvcommerce.org
The Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program (GGWFP) attracts new enterprises to West Virginia and encourages growth and expansion of the state’s existing companies. The program provides training and technical assistance to support effective employee training strategies.
3. Robert C. Byrd Institute – For Advanced Flexible Manufacturing: http://www.rcbi.org
RCBI plays an important role in economic development by connecting small and mid-sized manufactures to the opportunities of first-tier suppliers as well as larger industrial sector ones. RCBI’s business and workforce development teams coupled with the RCBI 21st Century Manufacturing Network also support economic growth in many ways. RCBI has three locations in the state of WV:
1. Bridgeport Manufacturing Technology Center – Staff & Equipment
2. Charleston Manufacturing Technology Center – Staff & Equipment
3. Huntington Manufacturing Technology Center – Staff & Equipment
4. WV Department of Commerce: http://www.wvcommerce.org/default.aspx
The overall mission of the Department of Commerce is to promote and preserve the well-being of the citizens of West Virginia by providing a cooperative interagency system that stimulates diverse economic growth and increased employment opportunities for all West Virginians, encourages the appropriate use of our state’s abundant natural resources, improves the safety and productivity of our work force, and promotes the beauty and desirability of our state as a world-class tourism destination.
5. WV Department of Agriculture: www.agriculture.wv.gov
WVDA’s Executive Division houses the office of the West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture and provides policy and direction for the rest of the agency. The Division is also the nerve center for a variety of ongoing regulatory and development programs, along with a host of special projects.
6. West Virginia Economic Development Authority: http://www.wveda.org
WVEDA is charged with the responsibility to develop and advance the business prosperity and economic welfare of the State of West Virginia, by providing financial assistance in the form of loans and direct financing and operating leases to industrial development agencies and enterprises for the promotion and retention of new and existing commercial and industrial development.
7. WV Department of Environmental Protection: www.dep.wv.gov
With the enactment of Senate Bill 217 during a special session of the West Virginia Legislature, the Division of Environmental Protection was created in October 1991. The legislation abolished the former Division of Energy and created two separate agencies: DEP and the Office of Miners’ Health Safety and Training. Both agencies operated as organizational units of the Department of Commerce, Labor and Environmental Resources.
8. WV Development Office: http://www.wvcommerce.org/business/default.aspx
The WV Development Office is a branch of the Department of Commerce and is committed to economic growth throughout West Virginia.
9. WV Secretary of State: http://www.sos.wv.gov
The Secretary of State of West Virginia is an elected office within the U.S. State of West Virginia state government.
10. WV SBDC: http://wvsbdc.wvcommerce.org/
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a statewide network that provides essential information for successfully starting, expanding and growing a business. SBDC programs are designed to provide high-quality business and economic development assistance to promote growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity and management improvement.