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West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle is primed for growth


West Virginia is primed for growth, and if you ask the creative and barrier-breaking development teams in the state’s Northern Panhandle, there is no better time to come experience the richness of life that Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler and Wetzel counties have to offer. The worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is in the rearview mirror, and the time off was well-spent learning to gain an edge in business, tourism and quality of life.

Access and Affordability

When visitors come to West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle, they want to find a reason to stay, according to Joshua Jefferson, president and CEO of the Regional Economic Development Partnership (RED).

“Our area offers security, affordability, access and opportunity for personal and professional growth,” says Jefferson. “We are unique in the careers, activities and events we offer, and our location offers proximity to the major markets of Pittsburgh and Columbus in a very short drive. You can walk your dog at a beautiful park, go to work for one of our great companies or nonprofit organizations and then head to Pittsburgh to catch a ballgame and be back home the same day. It really is the best of both worlds.”

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