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daily304 - Episode 5.27.2022
05/27/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – From their fields in food service, music, science, and the outdoor industry, these Mountaineers are making a difference. The WV SBDC honors small business award winners throughout the state. And West Virginia is growing a......read more
Mountaineers making a difference
05/27/2022
There are incredible West Virginians far and wide. People like Morgan Morrison, owner of Rock City Cake Company; adventure athlete Corey Lilly, and hip-hop artist and producer Shelem. Here are just a few we’ve been lucky enough to speak with. Listen to......read more
WV SBDC celebrates National Small Business Week Award recipients in Fairmont
05/27/2022
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC), joined by Small Business Administration (SBA) WV District Office officials, honored clients who received 2022 Small Business Week Awards during an invitation-only ceremony in Fairmont on......read more
Strong as steel: Manufacturing lumber in the Mountain State with Joe McNeel
05/27/2022
For approximately four decades, the West Virginia Hardwoods Center at West Virginia University has focused on one of the state’s abundant natural resources. Dr. Joe McNeel, director of the Appalachian Hardwoods Center and professor of Wood Science and......read more
daily304 – Episode 5.26.2022
05/26/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – What is a typical day for a forester? It depends. Learn how they use their knowledge and skills to protect West Virginia’s lands. Find a job in technology -- #YesWV. And what is the history and intrigue behind Blennerhassett......read more
The role of a forester branches into many fields
05/26/2022
The job of a modern forester blends planning, biology, conservation, management, diplomacy and technology, as well as other areas of essential knowledge. Over the decades, the role has evolved in scope and complexity, shaped by public attitudes toward......read more
Get hired into West Virginia's tech ecosystem
05/26/2022
Have you always wanted to work in technology, but wasn’t sure how? Consider starting or growing your career in technology and innovation in the West Virginia tech ecosystem. West Virginia has a hub of technology companies, tech-focused accelerators......read more
Harman & Margaret Blennerhassett – Espionage and intrigue in Colonial America
05/26/2022
In the middle of the Ohio River between Parkersburg, WV and Belpre, Ohio, sits Blennerhassett Island, a place named for the Anglo-Irish gentry who built their estate there in the 18th century and named it for themselves. But this paradise would not......read more
daily304 - Episode 5.25.2022
05/25/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Marketing your small business is tricky … the WVSBDC has some advice. West Virginia small businesses are recognized during an awards ceremony. And Charleston’s Live on the Levee lineup is booked and ready to roll, starting this......read more
Seven tips for marketing your small business to the right audience
05/25/2022
As small business owners, we often focus on what we bring to the table — our products, services, operations, and experience. Yet, while these aspects are essential in establishing how our business is different from others, our audiences only care......read more
Valtronics Solutions named 2022 West Virginia Small Business Exporter of the Year
05/25/2022
Kenneth Thompson, President and CEO of Valtronic Solutions, was recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s state office during a National Small Business Week awards ceremony on May 6 as West Virginia’s 2022 Small Business Exporter of the......read more
Live on the Levee to feature Davisson Brothers, Holly Forbes, Bowie tribute act and more
05/25/2022
The 2022 Live on the Levee lineup announced Tuesday includes local and regional bands like The Company Stores, Davisson Brothers Band and Holly Forbes, as well as a tribute act honoring David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and more. The lineup for the free Friday......read more
daily304 - Episode 5.24.2022
05/24/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Learn why more business and manufacturing leaders are saying #YesWV. A popular local coffee company is expanding in Fairmont. And the Robert C. Byrd Institute lends a hand, offering job training to formerly incarcerated......read more
Businesses continue to say #YesWV
05/24/2022
West Virginia truly is the land of opportunity for business. From chemical companies to defense training facilities, here’s why saying, “Yes, West Virginia” has never been easier. #YesWV Learn more at westvirginia.gov. Watch the video......read more
Stone Tower Joe buys old 84 Lumber Building in Fairmont, West Virginia
05/24/2022
​Popular local coffee company Stone Tower Joe has purchased the old 84 Lumber building in Country Club Plaza in Fairmont, and officials have plans to turn the property into a roastery and restaurant. Stone Tower Joe currently has three locations......read more
RCBI to launch new manufacturing class for formerly incarcerated individuals
05/24/2022
RecoveryWorks, a Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) initiative to provide industry training and manufacturing job opportunities to formerly incarcerated individuals affected by the opioid epidemic, will launch a new class June 8 in Huntington. The free 4......read more
daily304 - Episode 5.23.2022
05/23/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – A new sheet mill is bringing hundreds of jobs to Mason County; find out more about living and working in Almost Heaven. Vantage Ventures chats with Data Robot’s CEO and WVU’s president about why West Virginia is ideal for a......read more
Now hiring in West Virginia: high paying jobs with great benefits
05/23/2022
West Virginia continues to lead the way in high paying job creation, as a new sheet mill is about to open in Mason County. This is a great opportunity for workers looking to get into a high paying job. If you have experience in steel production this......read more
Education, innovation and collaboration: How West Virginia is transforming into a startup state
05/23/2022
Valued at $6.3 billion, and with offices all over the world, AI cloud leader DataRobot set up a hub in Vantage Venture’s offices in Morgantown, West Virginia, in 2021. During last month’s Bridging Innovation Week, I chaired a fireside chat with......read more
Cheat River: The Complete Visitors’ Guide
05/23/2022
If you’ve heard of Mountaineer Country, you’ve probably heard of the Cheat River, too. Located just an hour from Pittsburgh, this 78-mile, free-flowing river produces fun on water of all kinds. From flatwater paddling to Class III, IV, and V whitewater......read more
daily304 - Episode 5.22.2022
05/22/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Learn about the many advantages of remote work in West Virginia. Lifelong friends -- and 20 year olds -- start their own social media marketing company. And the creator of the UMuseUs platform discusses how he aims to help the......read more
Smart career change to remote IT jobs with CentralApp
05/22/2022
Have you been considering switching careers? Are you looking into flexible remote jobs for better work life balance? Do you wonder where to find legitimate and high paying work from home jobs? If you’re just at the beginning of this journey, this......read more
ToquiNotes: Just Like Their Dads, Skidmore, Goodwin Working Together in Social Media at Ripe Age of 20
05/22/2022
They have been friends most of their lives even if they have not been lifelong best friends. AJ Goodwin and Corey Skidmore grew up around one another. With Goodwin frequenting the Maple Lake area of Skidmore’s residence, with the two actively......read more
Vantage spotlight on Justin Whitman of UMuseUs
05/22/2022
By supporting teams of creative thinkers and problem-solvers—and leveraging the untapped talent and resources that exist in West Virginia—Vantage Ventures aims to build companies across data and IOT, infrastructure, life sciences, and security sectors......read more
daily304 - Episode 5.21.2022
05/21/2022
As more young wildlife venture out this spring, the WVDNR reminds people to let them be. Board the Potomac Eagle for a scenic train ride through The Trough. And check off these historic covered bridges on your West Virginia bucket list....read more
West Virginia DNR: Leave young wildlife alone
05/21/2022
With the arrival of spring weather and emergence of young wildlife, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is reminding people that possessing wildlife without a permit is illegal and that handling wild animals can spread disease and parasites......read more
Enjoy mountain views and bald eagle sightings on this scenic West Virginia train ride
05/21/2022
We've got your ticket to a summer adventure that adults and kids alike will enjoy. All aboard the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad, a one-of-a-kind journey that winds through the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, offering gorgeous views, lush greenery,...read more
5 picturesque covered bridges in West Virginia
05/21/2022
Over the past year, I’ve been able to visit New England on multiple occasion....read more
daily304 - Episode 5.20.2022
05/20/2022
The Appalachian Regional Commission awards a grant to expand recreational trails in Tucker County and surrounding regions. The State Fair of West Virginia is sponsoring an art contest with cash prizes. And West Virginia Northern Community College celebrat...read more
New trail will connect Blackwater Falls to Maryland
05/20/2022
Several new trails will be added between tourism hot spots in the West Virginia mountains, to help transform the area’s coal heritage into tourism heritage, the Friends of Blackwater announced Thursday....read more
West Virginia State Fair seeking submissions for art contest
05/20/2022
The State Fair of West Virginia is launching an art contest and invites entries this month....read more
West Virginia Northern Community College marks 50 years
05/20/2022
West Virginia Northern Community College is celebrating 50 years. To commemorate the milestone, the school is hosting an anniversary gala that anyone can attend this weekend....read more
daily304 - Episode 05.19.2022
05/19/2022
Planning your summer fun? Check out these 16 top activities in Almost Heaven … a regional broadband project moves forward, impacting 7 counties … and Parkersburg’s historic Phelps-Tavenner House opens to visitors....read more
Play in the heartbeat of the New River
05/19/2022
Looking for someplace to go on Memorial Day weekend – check out the outpost on the New River Gorge for camping, RVing, cabins, music, massages and food from cast iron smokers....read more
NASA IV&V continues to play key role with space agency
05/19/2022
NASA’s Katherine Johnson Independent Verification & Validation Facility in Fairmont has been a key part of several high-profile NASA missions in the past year. ...read more
Work zone speed enforcement efforts focused on writing more tickets
05/19/2022
A team of West Virginia agencies has determined that writing tickets is the most effective way to get motorists to drive the 55 mph speed limit through work zones....read more
daily304 - Episode 05.18.2022
05/18/2022
You’ll never run out of fun activities in Almost Heaven – check out 16 top activities. Jackson County’s regional broadband project moves forward. And a historic home in Parkersburg opens to visitors. ...read more
16 top things to do in West Virginia
05/18/2022
Me Home, Country Roads," one of West Virginia's four state songs. (In case you're wondering, the other three are "The West Virginia Hills," "This Is My West Virginia" and "West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home.")...read more
Regional broadband project takes one step closer to proceed
05/18/2022
As with any major project, there are many steps to take before the first portion can start. That is especially true for government-related or grant plans....read more
Historic Parkersburg home opens doors to visitors
05/18/2022
The Wood County Historical and Preservation Society and the Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library teamed up once again to reconnect Parkersburg to its roots with a fun-filled day of activities at the Phelps-Tavenner House, the oldest residence in......read more
Morgantown has a new Public House
05/17/2022
Looking for someplace to dine and sip this weekend? Look no further than the sweet little pub that’s settled into the Pines Country Club: Phoenix Public House....read more
The business community fosters the arts and entrepreneurship
05/17/2022
f you refer back to 18th century France, you might define an entrepreneur as “a maker.” ...read more
Toyota, Kanawha County Schools announce inaugural class of 4T Academy
05/17/2022
Nearly two dozen students from across Kanawha County have been selected to be part of West Virginia’s first Toyota 4T Academy....read more
daily304 - Episode 05.17.2022
05/17/2022
Dine and sip at Morgantown’s new Public House. WV Businesslink showcases the arts with a festival and pitch competition. And students are selected for Toyota’s new 4T Academy. ...read more
Building-momentum-to-secure-Appalachia’s-future
05/16/2022
The Resilient West Virginia coalition will serve as a catalyst for the future of West Virginia to advance national security and economic security for the United States of America....read more
Annual Cass Days is set for June 17-19
05/16/2022
Looking for a fun getaway with the family? Cass Days are right around the corner. From June 17 to the 19, enjoy everything from live music to a parade of steam through the Greenbrier Valley....read more
West Virginia’s outdoor recreation industry gearing up for summer surge
05/16/2022
As warmer weather gradually becomes more common with summer approaching, West Virginia’s outdoor recreation industry is getting ready for summer....read more
daily304 - Episode 05.16.2022
05/16/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – West Virginia is leading the charge when it comes to national and economic security. Cass Days are around the corner so get your tickets today. And West Virginia’s outdoor recreating industry is preparing for a surge....read more
Local small businesses can apply for up to $10,000 until May 31
05/15/2022
Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin announced the Summer 2022 Small Business Investment Grant application became available online on Monday....read more
West Virginia officials mark completion $8 million in upgrades at Pipestem Resort State Park
05/15/2022
Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday joined West Virginia Department of Tourism Secretary Chelsea Ruby, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Brett McMillion, West Virginia State Parks leaders and other local officials at Pipestem Resort State......read more
The History Project celebrates its one-year anniversary
05/15/2022
The History Project is a series of dynamic videos created by the West Virginia Department of Commerce highlighting people, places, and events throughout West Virginia’s history....read more
daily304 - Episode 05.15.2022
05/15/2022
Charleston is awarding grants to small business owners. Pipestem Resort completes major upgrades to its facilities. And The History Project video series celebrates its first anniversary....read more
Still rolling Region’s ATV tourism engine turns 11
05/14/2022
Can you believe it has now been 11 years? That’s how long ATV tourists from across the country have been traveling to Mercer County to ride the Hatfield-McCoy Trail system....read more
Weirton’s Serbian heritage is a chicken blast
05/14/2022
Every summer Wednesday since 1969, members of the Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church Men’s Club have gathered at the Serbian Picnic Grounds along King’s Creek outside of Weirton, West Virginia. ...read more
West Virginia's outdoor recreation industry gearing up for summer surge
05/14/2022
As warmer weather gradually becomes more common with summer approaching, West Virginia’s outdoor recreation industry is getting ready for summer....read more
daily304 - Episode 5.14.2022
05/14/2022
Mercer County’s Pocahontas ATV trail system celebrates 11 years. Chicken roasts are a Serbian tradition in Weirton. And plan your summer outdoor recreation adventure in Almost Heaven....read more
The most advanced wind energy project in the region… completed in #YesWV
05/13/2022
Clearway Energy Group is one of the largest renewable energy owners in the US, with over 5,600 net MW of installed wind, solar and energy storage projects....read more
West Virginia supports the aerospace industry
05/13/2022
The aerospace industry is a dynamic, emerging economic sector in West Virginia....read more
Learn more about the information technology industry in West Virginia
05/13/2022
Technology & Information Services is an emerging industry in West Virginia....read more
Meet the team driving economic development in West Virginia
05/13/2022
The West Virginia Department of Economic Development is committed to driving the state’s economy and ensuring that West Virginia is positioned competitively for new investment....read more
daily304 - Episode 5.13.2022
05/13/2022
Economic Development Week celebrates business and manufacturing in West Virginia. Learn how the team at the West Virginia Department of Economic Development can assist your business venture in #YesWV....read more
Untapping tech talent and the competitive advantage of Appalachia with Sarah Biller
05/12/2022
Sarah Biller is a key player in fintech in West Virginia and executive director of Vantage Ventures, an organization that’s committed to finding and cultivating the untapped tech talent in West Virginia to foster innovation and grow small businesses....read more
Metals company Veloxint to move to Ohio County, West Virginia
05/12/2022
​ Veloxint, a nanocrystalline metals company, plans to move its operations to Ohio County, officials announced Thursday....read more
Favorite Ride Seneca Rocks, West Virginia
05/12/2022
It’s not until we exit Interstate 81, run through some gears on U.S. Route 48, and catch a whiff of dew-covered fields that I feel like we’ve arrived....read more
daily304 - Episode 5.12.2022
05/12/2022
Learn how WV stands to benefit from the fintech industry. A new manufacturing company is expected to create hundreds of jobs in the Northern Panhandle. And two motorcyclists embark on a scenic tour past Seneca Rocks...read more
daily304 - Episode 5.11.2022
05/11/2022
Learn how Vertx Partners is helping to resolve supply chain issues. A program founded by Brad and Alys Smith continues to build momentum in Almost Heaven. And workers in Wood County are getting a higher education thanks to a partnership between WorkForce...read more
Too Valuable to Burn: Opportunities for Carbon in West Virginia with Sean Frisbee
05/11/2022
As he watched supply chain issues mount in West Virginia and across the nation, Sean Frisbee used his experience in the workforce to launch his first entrepreneurial venture....read more
A year later: $25M gift to WVU fosters flywheel effect for West Virginia’s outdoor economy
05/11/2022
The Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative continues to build momentum one year after the couple’s transformational $25 million gift to West Virginia University. ...read more
WorkForce West Virginia, WVU Parkersburg To Help Chemical Plant Workers Earn Degrees
05/11/2022
WorkForce West Virginia and the state’s Community and Technical College system are partnering to help hourly workers earn a higher education....read more
West Virginia Resource Center
05/10/2022
Interested in living and working in the next best thing to Heaven? Then say “yes” to a career in West Virginia! Learn more about the benefits of living and working in the Mountain State. You can also check out the awesome job opportunities available in......read more
Get a true taste of West Virginia along this memorable route
05/10/2022
Less than three hours outside Roanoke, this stretch of West Virginia is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Shaped by the famous New River Gorge, you’ll find plenty of riverside activities, outdoor adventures and some of the most extraordinary......read more
Become a WV SBDC client
05/10/2022
Meet one-on-one with WV SBDC business coaches to receive confidential, no-cost technical assistance to help start and grow your business in West Virginia. We help you identify your goals, develop valuable skills and acquire the necessary resources to......read more
daily304 - Episode 5.10.2022
05/10/2022
Get the scoop on which companies are hiring in Almost Heaven. West Virginia Tourism helps you plan a road trip through the New River Gorge. And learn how your business can become a client of the WV SBDC...read more
Join Klöckner Pentaplast in Beaver, W.Va.
05/09/2022
Klockner Pentaplast is a global leader in recycled content products and high-barrier protective packaging. Founded in 1965 in Montabaur, Germany, the company has operations in 18 countries and employs more than 5,900 people committed to serving......read more
From basement to outer space: Touchstone Research Laboratory Models
05/09/2022
Like many of the world’s most successful companies, Touchstone Research Laboratory has humble beginnings. With nothing more than $100, a busted electron microscope and a vision, Brian Joseph started Touchstone in 1980 in the basement of a monastery......read more
New York-based firm acquires industrial property in Huntington
05/09/2022
Time Equities Inc., a New York City-based real estate firm, announced on Monday the acquisition of an approximate 363,000-square foot industrial property in Huntington. Max Pastor, director of acquisitions at the firm, said the building at 550 27th St......read more
daily304 - Episode 5.9.2022
05/09/2022
German manufacturer Klockner Pentaplast finds a home in Raleigh County … Touchstone Research Laboratory traces its humble beginnings from a basement to outer space … and Time Equities expands its national portfolio with purchase of industrial property in ...read more
Cool Springs Park keeping Roadside America traditions alive
05/08/2022
ROWLESBURG — The winding, mountainous roads of West Virginia are often pathways to some unusual, peculiar destinations. One of these destinations is Cool Springs Park. Cool Springs Park is a family-owned, antique-filled park, restaurant, general store......read more
First-time camper? 7 tips to help you get the most out of your trip.
05/08/2022
From scouting and family trips to backcountry excursions, many fond memories are made with friends and family around a campfire. While camping is one of the most popular outdoor activities, not everyone has been fortunate enough to have gone camping......read more
WVDOF offers best management practices training, licensing and certification
05/08/2022
The West Virginia Division of Forestry provides logging related trainings, as well as licensing and certification for operating your logging business. Loggers can now do their entire Best Management Practices training online through the WVU Extension......read more
daily304 - Episode 5.8.2022
05/08/2022
Cool Springs Park keeps roadside attractions alive. Planning a camping trip at a West Virginia State Park? Experts offer some helpful tips. And check out the resources available online from the West Virginia Division of Forestry....read more
daily304 - Episode 5.7.2022
05/07/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Experience wild, wonderful West Virginia on a rail trail. The WV DMV sees major improvements. And plan a visit to America’s Coolest Small Town. Read more…...read more
Need outdoor therapy? Explore West Virginia’s rail trails
05/07/2022
West Virginia’s rail trails have seen an increase in activity throughout the past two years as people have taken to the outdoors for their mental health needs during the pandemic. As Lisa M. Carlson, president of the American Public Health Association......read more
Pandemic helped speed the transformation of the West Virginia DMV
05/07/2022
Changes forced on the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles by the pandemic have actually pushed the agency into the modern era and some of the adjustments will become permanent. “The West Virginia DMV has advanced in technology, 20 to 25 years......read more
How To Take The Ultimate Vacation In Lewisburg, West Virginia
05/07/2022
Take A Break is your ultimate guide to the perfect trips to recharge, rediscover yourself and your relationships, and reengage with the world. We’ll cover shopping stops, great bars, restaurants worth your money, photo opportunities, memorable drives......read more
daily304 - Episode 5.6.2022
05/06/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Folk Arts and Culture workshops focus on food preparation Appalachian style. The WV Tech Park caters to research, innovation and education. And West Virginia’s defense industry is thriving despite past bumps in the economy......read more
Catering to Appalachian appetites: Free folk arts and culture workshops continue through May at High Rocks Academy
05/06/2022
The High Rocks Academy has offered inquisitive eaters inside looks (often outside), insights, and instruction lately on food subjects ranging from Appalachian delicacies such as ramps and pepperoni rolls to ways to spot and harvest morel mushrooms in......read more
West Virginia Regional Technology Park: A place for Innovation, Science and Technology in the Kanawha Valley
05/06/2022
The West Virginia Regional Technology Park (WVRTP) in South Charleston is anchored by unique facilities ideal for transforming an abstract idea into a completed, market-ready product with existing office space and laboratories, new concepts......read more
Defense industry thrives in West Virginia, experts predict continued growth
05/06/2022
Despite pandemic-related hardships affecting economies across the planet, West Virginia’s defense industry continues to stay strong. To put into context what the defense industry consists of, it pertains to a wide net of contractors and manufacturers......read more
daily304 - Episode 5.5.2022
05/05/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – The Advantage Valley helps launch careers and small business is flourishing. Take a coffee tour of Almost Heaven. And learn fire burning guidelines before you burn outdoors. Read more…...read more
Advantage Valley, WV Helps Launch Careers
05/05/2022
Walk into a butcher shop in New York City, and there it is sitting on one of the shelves – salt produced by a company right here in Advantage Valley. J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works is the product of Nancy Bruns and Lewis Payne, a brother and sister duo who......read more
Plan Your West Virginia Coffee Shop Roadtrip
05/05/2022
No matter where you roam throughout this beautiful state, there’s always a local place to caffeinate! Travel along our country roads and you’re guaranteed to experience exceptional vista views like no other. Choose your own path, discover your own......read more
Fire Burning Guidelines
05/05/2022
West Virginia holds strict standards for forest fire laws in order to protect one of the state’s most valuable resources – our forests. Please be completely familiar with the following requirements any time you are burning outdoors: All fires must have......read more
Blackwater Falls hosts Mountain State Bird Discovery Weekend
05/04/2022
This is the ultimate birding weekend for advanced and beginning birders! The weekend is designed to see and listen to birds in scenic mountain habitats with well-known naturalist/guide Bill Beatty [Bill Beatty Nature] and Janice Runyan of Wellsburg WV......read more
Adventure lakes at Pipestem Resort, Tygart Lake to open May 20
05/04/2022
Adventure lakes at Pipestem Resort and Tygart Lake state parks are set to open on May 20, and officials are encouraging travelers to book accommodations and order tickets online in advance. Featuring waterslides, obstacles, inflatables, and beach areas......read more
Workshops to focus on leadership skills and lean manufacturing
05/04/2022
The Robert C. Byrd Institute is partnering with the Lean Enterprise Institute to present two workshops that assist manufacturers’ implementation of lean processes for product development and execution of focused strategies for accomplishing company......read more
daily304 - Episode 5.4.2022
05/04/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Mountain State Bird Discover Weekend comes to Blackwater Falls in June. Pipestem Resort and Tygart Lake prepare to open their Adventure Lakes. And sign up today for a manufacturing seminar hosted by the Robert C. Byrd Institute......read more
#TheHistoryProject - The Jones-Imboden Raid – The C.S.A. Targets Western Virginia’s Railroads
05/03/2022
Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Confederacy needed to stop Virginia’s northwestern counties from seceding and rejoining the Union as they contained the priceless B&O Railroad lines that kept the Midwestern and Western states connected......read more
daily304 - Episode 5.3.2022
05/03/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Get your tickets for the Bluegrass Festival this month at North Bend. Dow Chemical’s apprenticeship program provides everything a student needs to pursue a career in manufacturing. And Resilient West Virginia attracts high-growth......read more
Bluegrass Festival returns to North Bend
05/03/2022
Celebrate the return of the Bluegrass Festival at North Bend State Park on May 13-14. Bring your family and friends for a fun filled weekend of pickin’ and grinin’. Bluegrass bands from throughout West Virginia, as well as from the surrounding region......read more
Dow Chemical – West Virginia operations rolls out apprenticeship program
05/03/2022
In 2018, Dow Chemical debuted its West Virginia Operations apprenticeship program. The program, registered by the United States Department of Labor, offers a hands-on, paid opportunity for young West Virginians interested in pursuing a career in......read more
Resilient West Virginia builds momentum to secure Appalachia’s future
05/03/2022
The Resilient West Virginia coalition will serve as a catalyst for the future of West Virginia to advance national security and economic security for the United States of America. Led by the West Virginia Department of Economic Development, the......read more
#TheHistoryProject---George-McClellan-&-The-West-Virginia-Campaign-–-The-First-Step-in-Separating-the-Virginias
05/02/2022
Before West Virginia could be rent from Virginia, all allegiances to the Old Dominion or support for the Confederate States had to be eradicated. General George B. McClellan was put in charge of the Ohio Valley states, which included the western......read more
daily304 - Episode 5.2.2022
05/02/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Archery in the Schools teaches valuable life skills. A new vegan restaurant is firmly planted in Charleston. And a Clarksburg neighborhood bands together to build out their community center. Read more…...read more
Archery in the Schools provides inclusive program for kids to learn valuable life skills
05/02/2022
After two years of not having an in-person state Archery in the Schools tournament to look forward to, students in West Virginia finally have something to be excited about. The state Archery in the Schools program, which returned to in-person......read more
Vegan restaurant is firmly planted in Charleston
05/02/2022
After opening an acclaimed restaurant in Harpers Ferry with her then-husband five years ago, Sondra Zahn eventually found herself facing divorce with the very partner she had worked with to help Kelly Farm Kitchen earn its high praise. But instead of......read more
Monticello an ongoing revitalization effort
05/02/2022
In just a few years, the people of the Monticello neighborhood in Clarksburg, WV have dreamed, planned, and carried out a vision for a revitalized community center, the Kelly Miller Community Center. A community garden is at the heart of their work......read more
#TheHistoryProject - John Brown & The Raid on Harpers Ferry - The Abolitionists Final Act to Avenge the Enslaved
05/01/2022
Factions in both the North and the South had reached a stalemate; the South would keep its practice of slavery and the North would mostly turn a blind eye. Abolitionist John Brown went after the abomination with such a vengeance that it was impossible......read more
daily304 - Episode 5.1.2022
05/01/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – A new program may enable future teachers in West Virginia graduate from college debt-free. WV Living presents a map to help ATV riders plan their next adventure. And the tiny town of Granville gets some big improvements. Read more…...read more
"Grow Your Own” program aims to help WV high schoolers find careers as teachers
05/01/2022
An exciting new program could help future teachers in West Virginia graduate from college debt-free. West Virginia state superintendent Clayton Burch was at Mercer County Technical Education Center today as he and other educators announced the debut of......read more
Almost Heaven’s ATV map
05/01/2022
All-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails offer a unique recreational opportunity for thrill seekers and outdoor enthusiasts. In West Virginia, this industry draws in visitors from across the country. With its diverse terrain, gorgeous views and thriving......read more
A town on two levels
05/01/2022
You’ve probably shopped at the University Town Centre part of Granville—but have you visited its historical Main Street, 1,000 feet below? Every June in the 1950s and ’60s, the Thomas Joyland Shows lit up Granville’s Main Street. It was all a carnival......read more
#TheHistoryProject - Carter G. Woodson-Academic & Rights Leader, Creator of Black History Month-Carter G. Woodson-Part 2
04/30/2022
Education is a basic foundation for any individual whose goal is to change the way the world sees things. Carter G. Woodson built one of the strongest foundations of anyone, much less the son of former slaves. Woodson collected advanced degrees the way......read more
#TheHistoryProject - The Wheeling Suspension Bridge - The Engineering Marvel That Shaped America's Industrial Age
04/30/2022
In the 19th century, the National Road reached from Cumberland, Maryland to Wheeling but was hindered by the wide Ohio River. That problem languished for over three decades before leaders took the situation into hand. They invited the nation’s two......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.30.2022
04/30/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – A Randolph County fish hatchery’s multimillion-dollar upgrade nears completion. Huntington’s Kitchen aims to reduce disease by promoting healthy cooking. And PepsiCo opens its new warehouse and distribution company in Ona. Read......read more
Multimillion-dollar upgrades at Bowden Hatchery near completion
04/30/2022
One of the state’s most productive trout hatcheries will soon be even more productive. A multi-Million dollar makeover for the Bowden Fish Hatchery in Randolph County is due to be complete by this summer. Once fully operational, the new facility will......read more
Learn more about Huntington’s Kitchen
04/30/2022
Huntington's Kitchen is a community food center, where people come to learn, cook and experience everything that well-prepared food and healthy living have to offer. The facility boasts a fully equipped kitchen that accommodates up to 16 cooking......read more
PepsiCo opens warehouse and distribution facility in Cabell County
04/30/2022
PepsiCo Beverages North America has opened its new warehouse and distribution facility in Cabell County. Officials with the company and the state of West Virginia on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday for the $16.5 million, 100,000-square-foot......read more
#TheHistoryProject - Carter G. Woodson - Academic & Rights Leader, Creator of Black History Month - Part 1
04/29/2022
When history is told, it is often shaped by those who’ve benefitted most in the telling of its story. Sometimes it takes someone to rouse us from our complacency and remind us that history is shared by everyone. Before Carter G. Woodson did that for......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.29.2022
04/29/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – West Virginia moves up in its bike-friendly rankings. Corridor H, King Coal Highway and the Coalfields Expressway are the state’s top priority road projects. And learn why Wheeling is a great place to live or visit. Read more…...read more
W.Va. Becoming More Bike-Friendly
04/29/2022
West Virginia is making improvements as a bike-friendly state, according to data published by a national bicycle advocacy group. The League of American Bicyclists lists West Virginia as 28th for laws and policies designed to keep bicyclists safe and to......read more
Transportation secretary describes focus on Corridor H, King Coal and Coalfields highways
04/29/2022
Transportation Secretary Jimmy Wriston still ranks Appalachian Corridor H, the King Coal Highway and the Coalfields Expressway as the top priorities for West Virginia’s road construction program at a time of historic federal funding. “These are top of......read more
Why Wheeling?
04/29/2022
What’s so great about Wheeling? If you ask the mayor, residents, and visitors, you’ll get the same answer: It’s friendly. Known as The Friendly City, Wheeling may feel like a world away from the rest of the state, but this riverfront community is rich......read more
#TheHistoryProject - Booker T. Washington – Educator & Intellectual, Principal in Racial Reform
04/28/2022
American history is full of famous names, but only a few are fully recognized by most everyone. Booker T. Washington is one of those names. The author of “Up from Slavery” used his own story to help bring about racial reform. From enslavement to the......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.28.2022
04/28/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Xator Corporation is just one of many global manufacturers that has said “YesWV.” Three West Virginians are honored for their work in small business. And North Bend State Parks holds a ribbon cutting to celebrate major upgrades......read more
XATOR – Providing tailored training solutions for clients in a world of ever-evolving security challenges
04/28/2022
Offering advice, training, solutions and…racecars? Xator Corporation’s mission is to allow customers and clients to safely, efficiently, and effectively conduct their business. The company offers a fresh perspective and unconventional approaches to......read more
Three West Virginians honored for their tireless commitment to entrepreneurship and small business during Bridging Innovation Week
04/28/2022
West Virginia BusinessLink partnered with the West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business and Economics to host the inaugural Bridging Innovation Week in West Virginia. Spanning four days, more than 1,000 participants attended activities......read more
North Bend State Park renovations mix new and old
04/28/2022
Another West Virginia state park is reopening after completing a major renovation project. A ribbon cutting Friday at Ritchie County’s North Bend State Park celebrated more than $5.7 million in upgrades. State Department of Natural Resources director......read more
#TheHistoryProject - Stephen Benton Elkins – Businessman; U.S. Senator & Secretary of War
04/27/2022
Sometimes the path to greatness goes through some unsavory territory. Before Stephen Benton Elkins rose to prominence, his rise included business dealings that remain a dark part of our nation’s history. He came to West Virginia from the American......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.27.2022
04/27/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – A Wheeling record store aims to keep one foot in the past and one in the future. WTSQ radio in Charleston gets a new home near Slack Plaza. And more manufacturing jobs are coming to West Virginia as Veloxint opens in Triadelphia......read more
More than vinyl – Wheeling record store branches out
04/27/2022
When we imagine the classic record stores of the ’70s and ’80s, we picture plenty of vinyl, cassettes, stereo equipment and band posters – a gathering place for the musically obsessed and fringe artists of the time. While several of those stores......read more
WTSQ finding its groove in new home
04/27/2022
WTSQ, the little train engine that could, has pulled off a whirlwind four months that included an eviction the first of January, a one-week fundraising blitz of $32,000 and a move from one downtown building to another. At frequency 88.1-FM, the seven......read more
From Cambridge to Boston, to YesWV and beyond – Meet Veloxint
04/27/2022
Veloxint, a manufacturer of nanocrystalline metal alloys, recently announced its move to Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd., located in Triadelphia, West Virginia. Veloxint is working on commercializing high-tech metal alloys for use in the chemical......read more
#TheHistoryProject - Henry Gassaway Davis - Captain of Industry, U.S. Senator, & V.P. Candidate
04/26/2022
Americans love a good rags-to-riches story and few could rival that of Henry Gassaway Davis. Born into a meager merchant’s family, Davis worked his way up through the railroad and developed investments to build an empire, and joining the elite of......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.26.2022
04/26/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Learn how a simulated mine lab helps train emergency response teams. A Berkeley Springs resort is restored to its former glory. And explore LEGO creations in Charleston this summer. Read more…...read more
West Virginia Training & Conference Center WVTCC Simulated Mine Lab
04/26/2022
The West Virginia Training and Conference Center’s Simulated Mine Lab provides a variety of “What if?” scenarios to help mine rescue emergency response teams, trainers, and rescue services train for emergencies. In this interactive lab, miners can......read more
Renovation makes former hot spot Coolfont Resort a cool place to be again
04/26/2022
For years, most people looked at the old Coolfont Resort in Berkeley Springs and saw only an abandoned building whose glory days were past. When G. Larry Omps looked, he saw potential for a destination resort with a bright future. In 1965, businessman......read more
LEGO Festival returning to West Virginia
04/26/2022
The dates are set for the return of West Virginia’s LEGO festival. BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Festival arrives at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center on July 16 and 17. At past events, the team at BrickUniverse has witnessed hundreds of LEGO fans......read more
#TheHistoryProject - Eleanor Roosevelt & Arthurdale - The First Lady's Utopian Dream
04/25/2022
Eleanor Roosevelt was never one to wait on the sidelines. When her husband took office in 1933 in the middle of the Great Depression, while millions suffered, she was impatient to help the many in need. She chose to work on the Division of Subsistence......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.25.2022
04/25/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Mother’s Day is almost here: Gift mom a getaway at a West Virginia state park. Ascend WV offers free outdoor recreation and $12,000 cash to remote workers who wish to move to the Mountain State. And WVU students learn about the......read more
Mother’s Day getaways you’re not too late to book
04/25/2022
Mother’s Day weekend is less than a month away (May 6-8). Instead of buying a gift this year, give your time and attention by enjoying a trip together. Besides, memories last longer than possessions. Whether you enjoy adventure or peace and quiet......read more
Learn about the Ascend WV remote worker program
04/25/2022
There’s a reason that 50 years ago John Denver coined West Virginia as Almost Heaven in his hit song Take Me Home, Country Roads, and we’d like to share it with you. Mountain living is just within your grasp, so take a look at what we have to offer......read more
Global Supply Chain Students Visit Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant
04/25/2022
At the Chambers College, experiential-learning opportunities are key to propel our students to the forefront of business education. On March 24, members of our Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) department took a group of students to the Toyota......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.24.2022
04/24/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Discover historic Thurmond in the New River Gorge. A St. Albans native lands a dream project leading the restoration of the Empire State Building’s dome. And learn how Resilient WV is working to achieve great things for Almost......read more
A guide to Thurmond A forgotten mountainside town
04/24/2022
Once bustling population centers that have since been deserted are part of America’s fabric—from the gold rush towns and villages of the Old West to the abandoned mines and industrial heavyweights in the East. These places all hold a fascination for......read more
Former St. Albans woman at the top of her game with NYC restoration project
04/24/2022
Seven years after joining the New York conservation architecture firm CANY, Julie Foster already has worked her way to the top — in terms of elevation, at least. Since late 2019, the St. Albans native has been project manager for her company in the......read more
What Is Resilient West Virginia?
04/24/2022
When it comes to recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, cities and towns in West Virginia are in a better place to build back better than many other communities in the country and a group of state agencies and organizations are out to prove it......read more
#TheHistoryProject - Mary Lee Settle - Prize-Winning Author, West Virginia Historian
04/24/2022
Of West Virginia’s many noted authors, none delved so deeply into not just the state’s history but it’s very roots and the ground beneath it. Stretching back to the British Isles, Settle wrote the most comprehensive historical novels about the state......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.23.2022
04/23/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Learn the benefits of living and working in the Advantage Valley. Plans are set in motion to establish a regional museum in Martinsburg. And inventors meet to network and brainstorm. Read more…...read more
Learn the benefits of living in the Advantage Valley
04/23/2022
Advantage Valley in southwestern West Virginia is a nine-county region stretching from Huntington to Charleston, forming one of the nation’s most resource-rich and business-friendly corridors. Served by three Interstates (I-64, I-77, and I-79) and......read more
Regional museum project eyed in downtown Martinsburg
04/23/2022
Recently, the Berkeley County Council adopted an order to form a museum commission with the intent of establishing a regional museum in downtown Martinsburg. In support of the envisioned museum project, the Berkeley County Council also has approved the......read more
West Virginia Inventors Society holds first gathering
04/23/2022
The new West Virginia Inventors Society launched this month at an event at West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston. The society is the brainchild of businessmen and entrepreneurs Linwood Hamilton and Brian Joseph. It is intended to......read more
#TheHistoryProject - Pearl S Buck - Awarded Prolific Author, Nobel Laureate
04/23/2022
An author and scholar respected around the world, Pearl S. Buck brought the secrets of pre-modern China to the Western world and did so with compassion and kindness. Fellow Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison once said of Buck, “She misled me...and made me......read more
Testing the SBIR waters with an NSF project pitch
04/22/2022
I assume you’re familiar with the slang phrase “testing the waters” – just as it might be wise to check the temperature of water before you take a leap into it, you may want to casually check out someone’s opinion of your product before you design......read more
Hot manufacturing job opportunities in West Virginia
04/22/2022
Are you the type of person who enjoys taking pride in your work? Do you like to create things knowing that you just helped make something important with your own two hands? If so, manufacturing may be JUST the career path you are seeking! Manufacturing......read more
Buckhannon to host global band competition
04/22/2022
Visitors from across the globe will make their way to West Virginia next summer to take part in the 2023 World Association of Marching Bands competition which will take place in Upshur County. Cities throughout the state placed bids to hold what is......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.22.2022
04/22/2022
Learn how to make a business pitch before you leap into a big project. Manufacturing companies are hiring in West Virginia. And Buckhannon is set to host an international band competition....read more
#TheHistoryProject - The Battle of Blair Mountain – America's Largest Labor Uprising: Part 9 – West Virginia Mine Wars
04/22/2022
The Battle of Blair Mountain is the largest American insurrection in our nation's history since the Civil War. It caught the country surprise but not the people of West Virginia's southern coalfields, who had endured the indentured servitude of......read more
Your guide to exploring West Virginia’s New River Gorge National Park
04/21/2022
It’s embarrassing to admit, but this native West Virginian was pushing 50 years old when she hit the iconic rapids of the state’s New River for the very first time. I did my best to make up for lost time, though, exploring outdoor diversions beyond the......read more
Officials announce statewide crackdown on speeding in work zones
04/21/2022
Speeding drivers, especially ones speeding through West Virginia’s work zones this highway construction season, will be seeing a crackdown on their recklessness. Drivers will see an increased police presence in the state’s work zones this highway......read more
Export Awards: Get the credit you deserve
04/21/2022
Exporting is a big deal, especially for a small business. There are logistical hurdles to overcome and language barriers to break through, not to mention the risks you take trying to get your product on the international market. When you finally make......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.21.2022
04/21/2022
A travel writer talks about her Almost Heaven experiences in the New River Gorge. Officials announce a crackdown on speeding in work zones. And learn how your business can qualify for an export award....read more
#TheHistoryProject - Sheriff Don Chafin - 'Czar ' of Logan County: Part 8 - The West Virginia Mine Wars
04/21/2022
Sheriff Don Chafin earned his nickname, "the czar of Logan County" by ruling with an iron fist, controlling everything and everyone in his domain. The coal companies used this to their advantage and rewarded Chafin handsomely to keep the unions out of......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.20.2022
04/20/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Minard’s Spaghetti Inn continues its 85-year tradition of serving delicious Italian food in the Clarksburg area. West Virginia International Yeager Airport’s director talks about some big improvements made at CRW. And a June 18......read more
West Virginia International Yeager Airport – propelled to new heights
04/20/2022
West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) is a thriving hub of aviation. The largest commercial airport in the State of West Virginia, CRW has service provided by American, Delta, Spirit, and United Airlines, and is also home to the McLaughlin......read more
This Red Sauce Restaurant in West Virginia Still Feels Like Home, 85 Years After It First Opened
04/20/2022
This red sauce restaurant in West Virginia still feels like home, 85 years after it first opened When Michael and Rose Minard treated their first customers to spaghetti and hand-rolled meatballs, it was in their humble stucco home’s dining room, in......read more
The wild and wonderful women of West Virginia
04/20/2022
Paint the Town Pink is back with a strong message. It’s a tribute to “Wild and Wonderful Women.” Crittenton Services provides many behavioral and mental health services to people throughout West Virginia. At this event they will be honoring several......read more
#TheHistoryProject - CE Lively - Agent Provocateur: Part 7 - The West Virginia Mine Wars
04/20/2022
West Virginians and labor and history buffs knowledgeable about the Mine Wars know the name C.E. Lively well. In his own way, he served as the sole catalyst of the battle royale that became the largest labor uprising in history......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.19.2022
04/19/2022
Join Faster WV for a free webinar on how to grow your food business. Charles Town gets a big revitalization grant. And WV State University earns high honors as a top black college in the U.S....read more
FASTER WV Webinar Steps to Scaling-Up Your Food & Beverage Business Registration
04/19/2022
Do you want to start a food or beverage business or learn how to scale up by working with a commercial kitchen or co-packer? ...read more
Charles Town receives $250,000 earmark for downtown revitalization program
04/19/2022
Amid nearly $250 million in congressionally directed funding secured by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito recently, Charles Town was awarded $250,000 under the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development monies to be used in its Revive Grant program....read more
WVSU ranked fourth best historically black college and university for 2022
04/19/2022
West Virginia State University (WVSU) has been ranked No. 4 in the nation on the College Consensus list of the top 50 Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for 2022....read more
#TheHistoryProject - Sid Hatfield & The Matewan Massacre: Part 6 - The West Virginia Mine Wars
04/19/2022
The name "Hatfield" automatically conjures up an image for West Virginia but the family had more than one story. Sid Hatfield was the Chief of Police of Matewan when the crisis of the mine company's usage of the Baldwin-Felts Detectives was reaching......read more
Oddly, As Steelmaking Decarbonizes, Coal Country Gets New Life
04/18/2022
The old industrial economy has come out from behind the desk to meet its counterpart in the New Energy Economy....read more
‘A summer like no other’ for Theatre West Virginia, Hill says
04/18/2022
Theatre West Virginia General Manager Scott Hill will be asking Beckley Common Council to help build a theater version of Coalwood as it appeared in 196 as it, as he say, the company embarks "on a summer like no other seen in its 62-year history.”...read more
Get hired into West Virginia’s tech ecosystem
04/18/2022
Have you always wanted to work in technology, but wasn’t sure how? Consider starting or growing your career in technology and innovation in the West Virginia tech ecosystem....read more
daily304 - Episode 4.18.2022
04/18/2022
Coal is revitalized through the steel industry … Theatre West Virginia has some big plans in mind … and find out which tech jobs are hiring in Almost Heaven....read more
#TheHistoryProject - Bill Blizzard - Union Leader & Makeshift General: Part 5 - The West Virginia Mine Wars
04/18/2022
Of all the great voices of the miners during the West Virginia Mine Wars, Bill Blizzard is the only one to be able to see his work through to the very end. A UMWA leader, Blizzard witnessed the event's beginning in Paint Creek & Cabin Creek, and was......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.17.2022
04/17/2022
Take a challenging hike to a scenic overlook at West Virginia state parks. West Virginia welcomes its first therapy dog to the school system. And a new coffee shop sets up White Hall in Marion County...read more
5 challenging hikes that end with incredible views
04/17/2022
iking is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors....read more
West Virginia governor and first lady introduce first Friends With Paws therapy dog in Pup Rally at Welch Elementary School
04/17/2022
Gov. Jim Justice and first lady Cathy Justice on Friday visited Welch Elementary School in McDowell County for a “Pup Rally” to celebrate the arrival of the state’s first therapy dog through the new Friends With Paws program....read more
One-woman coffee shop may be small, but is a mighty venture for this entrepreneur
04/17/2022
A 140 square-foot space, a heap of hospitality, a splash of coffee and one woman tying it all together....read more
#TheHistoryProject - Mother Jones - Union Organizer & Human Rights Activist: Part 4 - The West Virginia Mine Wars
04/17/2022
It's an old joke that well-behaved women seldom make history and while that may not be true, Mother Jones put the maxim to the test. Having lost her entire family to a yellow fever epidemic, Jones dedicated her life to helping American laborers get......read more
Former UPMC executive tapped to oversee redevelopment of massive Mylan plant
04/16/2022
A former UPMC executive has been named president of WVU Innovation Corp., a Morgantown-based nonprofit that’s redeveloping the former Mylan pharmaceutical manufacturing plant into a small business incubator....read more
Toyota, Kanawha County Schools to team up for two-year workforce training academy
04/16/2022
Toyota is teaming up with Kanawha County Schools for an academy aimed at training interested students for jobs with the company....read more
Marshall to host West Virginia Governor’s School of Entrepreneurship this summer
04/16/2022
West Virginia students in ninth, 10th and 11th grades interested in exploring entrepreneurship as a career can begin by applying to the West Virginia Governor’s School of Entrepreneurship (WVGSE), a three-week experience that will take place this summer.....read more
daily304 - Episode 4.16.2022
04/16/2022
WVU Innovation Corp. announces its new president. Toyota and Kanawha County Schools team up for a workforce training academy. And Marshall’s College of Business hosts the Governor’s School of Entrepreneurship....read more
#TheHistoryProject - Frank Keeney - Union Leader & Renegade: Part 3 - The West Virginia Mine Wars
04/16/2022
Heroes often rise from the place where they were born and Frank Keeney is just such an example. Born in Cabin Creek, he grew up in the epicenter of the labor struggle of West Virginia's southern coalfields. He did not wait for things to get fixed but......read more
Generation West Virginia taking applications for NewForce coding program
04/15/2022
NewForce, Generation West Virginia’s six-month, fully-remote, tuition-free software development training program for West Virginia residents is accepting applications for the next week....read more
Advantage Valley Offers Excellent Health Care Options
04/15/2022
One of the most important resources in any community is a strong and healthy population, and the outstanding collection of health care providers in Advantage Valley is focused on helping the community they serve stay well and active....read more
SBA names annual contest winners in West Virginia
04/15/2022
The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced its 2022 Small Business Persons of the Year winners from West Virginia....read more
daily304 - Episode 4.15.2022
04/15/2022
Generation West Virginia is taking applications for its NewForce coding program. Learn about the Advantage Valley’s healthcare options. And the SBA announces its West Virginia small business winners...read more
#TheHistoryProject - The Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency - Strike Breakers: Part 2- The West Virginia Mine Wars
04/15/2022
Part 2 of the West Virginia Mine Wars series examines the Baldwin-Felts Detectives, whose antagonism created the the nearly 10-year struggle. Famous for their strike breaking, the Baldwin-Felts Detectives' history goes back further to equally......read more
Why … West Virginia?
04/14/2022
Mitch Carmichael, the secretary of West Virginia’s Department of Economic Development, has many reasons why businesses should consider the Mountain State....read more
Revised W.Va. Film Tax Credit Has Hollywood Calling
04/14/2022
As part of our ongoing, occasional series "Effective from Passage," we take a closer look at a bill that reinstates West Virginia’s film tax credit....read more
Statewide mentorship program encourages women business owners to apply
04/14/2022
As the state’s economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, women across West Virginia are being given the opportunity to apply for a new mentorship program....read more
daily304 - Episode 4.14.2022
04/14/2022
West Virginia’s business climate is better than ever, and Sec. of Economic Development Mitch Carmichael highlights examples. The film tax credit is back, and revisions highlighting no cap will boost West Virginia’s competitiveness over surrounding states....read more
TheHistoryProject - Fred Mooney – Labor Leader and Author: Part 1- The West Virginia Mine Wars
04/14/2022
As we observe the 100th anniversary of the West Virginia Mine Wars, we examine the people and events of that great struggle. Part 1 examines Fred Mooney, a UMW leader whose autobiography chronicled the events, creating a record of the largest labor......read more
A Taste of Home – How Pinto beans and cornbread became an Appalachian tradition
04/13/2022
“Appalachian folks: I’m hunting for some @InAppalachia story ideas. What’s something your momaw made that’s unique to where you’re from?”...read more
Register to become a poll worker
04/13/2022
In West Virginia, county executive committees provide the names of persons nominated to work the polls before each election. ...read more
Experience the New River Gorge Bridge from the catwalk
04/13/2022
Bridge Walk offers guided tours of the New River Gorge Bridge from the catwalk 25’ beneath the Bridge. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 4.13.2022
04/13/2022
Learn how pinto beans and cornbread became an Appalachian staple. Sign up to become a poll worker. And, book a guided tour of the New River Gorge Bridge catwalk. ...read more
#TheHistoryProject - Joseph H. Diss Debar - French Immigrant Who Shaped State's Identity
04/13/2022
Every West Virginian knows that “Mountaineers Are Always Free” but what many may not know is that our state motto was a quick addition to our state seal by its designer. A Frenchman came to the mountains and blended the imagery of his old and new homes......read more
State Fair of West Virginia to celebrate ‘Almost Summer in Almost Heaven’
04/12/2022
The State Fair of West Virginia is celebrating the soon-to-be warmer weather on April 23 with "Almost Summer in Almost Heaven," a new family friendly celebration at the State Fairgrounds in Lewisburg....read more
West Virginia native, country music superstar Brad Paisley will be special guest at GameChanger Greenbrier event
04/12/2022
Global country music superstar and West Virginia native Brad Paisley will be the keynote speaker at the second annual GameChanger Golf Classic Dinner Wednesday, June 1, at the world-famous Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs....read more
Huguenin named director of Ascend WV
04/12/2022
West Virginia University’s Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative has appointed Emily Huguenin as the director of Ascend WV....read more
daily304 - Episode 4.12.2022
04/12/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – The State Fair of West Virginia kicks off “Almost Summer” with a festival on April 23. West Virginia native and country music superstar Brad Paisley is keynote speaker at a fundraiser to combat substance abuse. And outdoors......read more
#TheHistoryProject - Collis P. Huntington - Railroad Baron, Industrialist, Empire Builder
04/12/2022
When the great railroad tycoons of 19th century America are examined, Collis P. Huntington is at the top of the list. One of the Big Four who built the Transcontinental Railroad, he then developed the C&O Railway, connecting Newport News, Virginia to a......read more
Your guide to seeing the best sunrises and sunsets this spring
04/11/2022
If you’ve spent any time in the outdoors, you know that the most stunningly beautiful views take on another dimension during a sunrise or sunset. ...read more
For the WVDOH, maintaining expansion joints is an important component of keeping our bridges safe
04/11/2022
West Virginia Division of Highways bridge maintenance workers are cutting, hammering and clearing debris on a bridge in northern Kanawha County as cars and tractor-trailers whiz by at 55 mph. ...read more
Relocate to West Virginia for work, stay for the people
04/11/2022
West Virginia is widely known for its low cost of living, historical coal mining, and beautiful scenery. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 4.11.2022
04/11/2022
Find your perfect sunrise – or sunset – at West Virginia state parks. Bridge maintenance crews get busy repairing expansion joints. And learn why West Virginia is the perfect place for relocation​...read more
#TheHistoryProject - Katherine Johnson - NASA Mathematician Who Gave Us the Moon
04/11/2022
Many legends blaze trails loudly with a roar, but others, like Katherine Johnson, lead us in their own direction with a gentle whisper. After the release of Margot Lee Shetterly's book and the 20th Century Fox film "Hidden Figures," the world learned......read more
Fanti USA begins renovations on first U.S. facility in Weirton, celebrates with groundbreaking ceremony
04/10/2022
Fanti USA, an Italian-based manufacturer, celebrated the start of building renovations for its new production facility on Wednesday, March 30, at the company’s future building at the Half Moon Industrial Park in Weirton....read more
Do you have a barrier to employment?
04/10/2022
Jobs & Hope West Virginia is the state’s comprehensive response to the substance use disorder crisis. ...read more
Event schedule unveiled for Charleston Sternwheel Regatta
04/10/2022
The schedule for one of the most anticipated events in the Kanawha Valley this year, the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta, has been released....read more
TheHistoryProject - The Legend of John Henry - Icon of America's Labor Culture
04/10/2022
In the company of Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, and the Mighty Casey, John Henry is a legend whom people see as a proper metaphor for the American spirit. Created from the ideals of African American laborers on the Big Bend Tunnel in in the 1870s in Talcott......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.10.2022
04/10/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Fanti USA begins renovations on its new production facility in Weirton. Jobs & Hope provides employment assistance to West Virginians in recovery. And the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta announces its musical lineup and events......read more
Tour Blenko Glass factory
04/09/2022
Step into our studio to see how Blenko glass water bottles, vases, and more are made. ...read more
Mountain biking adventures at West Virginia state parks and forests
04/09/2022
You might prefer keeping your boots in contact with the trail, but we’re here to let you know that there’s more than one way to enjoy West Virginia’s incredible trails....read more
West Virginia continues efforts to create a thriving environment for entrepreneurs
04/09/2022
The last five years have been monumental for creating an environment where West Virginia’s small business owners and entrepreneurs are welcomed and can thrive....read more
#TheHistoryProject - George Washington's Kanawha Tracts - Founding Father's West Virginia Claims
04/09/2022
While George Washington is famous for his grand estate, Mt. Vernon, in Virginia, few may know he owned thousands of acres in what would become West Virginia. As an surveyor and a veteran of the French & Indian and Revolutionary wars, Washington......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.9.2022
04/09/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Take a tour of Blenko Glass factory. Plan your Almost Heaven biking adventure at WV state parks. And the state creates a thriving environment for entrepreneurs. Read more…...read more
Best places to see wildflower this spring
04/08/2022
Few things are as beautiful as springtime in Almost Heaven, when the first pastel blooms peek out from its wooded hillsides and grassy fields. The season’s mild temperatures make this an ideal time to take a stroll to see what wildflowers and flowering......read more
New law offers home construction incentives to compliment economic development push
04/08/2022
New West Virginia home construction incentives could offset housing shortages for middle-class, skilled workers. Gov. Jim Justice signed the Build WV bill into law Friday at the West Virginia Home Show. “We know there are places in our state that are......read more
Spring fire season is here: Let’s do our part to prevent wildfires
04/08/2022
Spring has arrived in West Virginia’s mountains. The flowering trees and wildflowers wake from their winter slumber, peppering the fields and forests with color. It’s a time for renewal, signified by warm, blustery days. It’s also a time to be extra......read more
#TheHistoryProject - The Wheeling Convention - The Origins of West Virginia
04/08/2022
No other state was ever torn from another as was West Virginia. With the Civil War looming on the horizon, The Richmond Convention gave Virginia the opportunity to secede from the United States and The Wheeling Convention restored the rights of the......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.8.2022
04/08/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Learn what spring wildflowers to look for at WV state parks. The Build WV law is may offset housing shortages. And do your part to prevent wildfires. Read more…...read more
Lewisburg Chocolate Festival scheduled for April 9th, 2022
04/07/2022
The Lewisburg Chocolate Festival finally returns after being canceled due to COVID in 2020 and 2021. It is scheduled for April 9th, 2022 between 11am-4pm. The impressive lineup of tasting locations throughout the city center features 44 businesses......read more
Pandemic pushed fresh approaches to innovation
04/07/2022
Covid-19 resulted in more of a sense of togetherness being developed in various segments of life. The pandemic, for example, bolstered unity in agencies and organizations that provide a helping hand to smaller-scale entrepreneurship efforts, says Judy......read more
Gov. Jim Justice announced multi-million-dollar business expansion in Raleigh County
04/07/2022
A global packaging product manufacturer expanded their business in Raleigh County. Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday, April 1, Klöckner Pentaplast will invest in a multi-million-dollar expansion at their Beaver, WV plant. The Beaver plant was named......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.7.2022
04/07/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Chocoholics rejoice: Lewisburg’s sweetest festival returns this month! The pandemic prompts the business community to think out of the box. And an expansion at a Beaver manufacturing plant will put millions into state and local......read more
Franklin looks to boost profile as a Monongahela National Forest town
04/06/2022
Franklin is one of 10 incorporated towns, considered Monongahela National Forest gateway communities, that have banded together to enhance local social, ecological and economic health and vitality. Known as Mon Forest Towns, officials are currently......read more
Officials show off ‘The Port of West Virginia’
04/06/2022
For years, it’s simply been the riverfront around the Follansbee area. But now, it’s The Port of West Virginia. On Wednesday, officials hosted a day-long event they termed an economic development forum. They describe the port as “perfectly situated on......read more
Fanti USA welcomed to Weirton
04/06/2022
The Weirton community welcomed a new international neighbor Wednesday, with a ceremony marking the arrival of Fanti USA to the Upper Ohio Valley. A subsidiary of Italian company Gruppo Fanti, Fanti USA will be the manufacturer’s first operation in the......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.6.2022
04/06/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Franklin looks for ways to promote itself as an official Mon Forest Town; the new Port of West Virginia is positioned at the epicenter of steel country; and a new manufacturing company brings more jobs to the Weirton area......read more
#TheHistoryProject - The Niagara Movement at Harpers Ferry - The Battle Waged for Racial Equality
04/06/2022
Frustrated with the decline of Reconstruction, author and intellectual W.E.B. DuBois organized the greatest African American minds of the early 20th Century to form the Niagara Movement. After its first conference held in Canada, the movement's first......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.5.2022
04/05/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Core10’s co-founder chats about the company’s fintech innovation; follow along as Lonely Planet embarks on a road trip through Almost Heaven; and learn why mentorship and entrepreneurship belong together. Read more…...read more
Vantage Ventures entrepreneur spotlight series Female leaders in fintech
04/05/2022
We are extremely fortunate at Vantage Ventures to have a growing community of entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a real and tangible difference. By supporting teams of creative thinkers and problem-solvers — and leveraging the untapped......read more
The ultimate Appalachian road trip through West Virginia
04/05/2022
Country roads may not take you home on this curvy drive through the Appalachians, but the gorgeous views and small-town hospitality make it clear why West Virginians embrace John Denver’s classic song. This adventure is made for driving, with scenic......read more
Mentorship and Entrepreneurship: Why the Two Belong Together
04/05/2022
We see the influence of mentorship every day: in our own lives, in the lives of our friends and family, and in the media we consume. Many of the most influential politicians, businesspeople and cultural icons we admire have credited mentors as a key......read more
#TheHistoryProject - Eloise Hughes Smith - Survivor of the Titanic
04/05/2022
In a world of survivors, Huntington resident Eloise Hughes Smith stands out. The daughter of a Congressman and one of the nation's most politically influential families, Eloise married Lucian Smith of Morgantown and their honeymoon would end on that......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.4.2022
04/04/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – WVU presents a free webinar on lean manufacturing; a new pub brings a taste of Ireland to Putnam County; and watch History Project videos about fascinating people, places and events in West Virginia’s past. Read more…...read more
Free webinar offered on manufacturing solutions
04/04/2022
It is no secret that every organization is filled with limitless challenges and opportunities. Unfortunately, many organizations struggle with the day-to-day requirements of their operation leaving no time for identifying challenges and the......read more
Connolly’s Irish Pub: A Taste of Dublin in Hurricane
04/04/2022
In a historic, 130-year-old building in downtown Hurricane, West Virginia, locals order bangers and mash, fish and chips, or shepherd’s pie and get a taste of Ireland from Connolly’s Irish Pub. A lawyer by trade, co-owner Steven Connolly had dreamed......read more
Watch History Project videos online
04/04/2022
The History Project is a series of dynamic videos created by the West Virginia Department of Commerce highlighting people, places, and events throughout West Virginia’s history. The videos are free to watch on YouTube. Learn about Nobel Laureate Peal......read more
#TheHistoryProject - Frank Buckles: The Last Surviving American World War I Veteran
04/04/2022
As Americans celebrate Memorial Day, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by our veterans who kept the United States and most of the world free. What better time to examine the fascinating life of Charles Town hero Frank Buckles, who lived to be the......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.3.2022
04/03/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Register now for the annual Tour de Coal community paddle; explore Almost Heaven’s charming mountain towns … and spend some quality family time with West Virginia state parks. Read more…...read more
Register for the Tour de Coal
04/03/2022
Mark your calendar for the Tour de Coal on Saturday, June 18. The tour is an annual community paddle trip supporting the Coal River Group’s river restoration efforts. Bring your own canoe, kayak or SUP board … shuttles will be provided. Register today!...read more
West Virginia’s most charming mountain towns
04/03/2022
West Virginia’s mountain towns are more than just launchpads for Appalachian adventures. From the charming towns of Fayetteville and Lewisburg to historic Harpers Ferry, the state’s favorite mountain communities (and small cities) are also amazing......read more
Family-friendly state park destinations in West Virginia
04/03/2022
Been cooped up with the kids most of the winter? Cure your cabin fever with a visit to one of these family-friendly destinations. Whether you’re planning a spring break, summer vacation, or just a weekend getaway, West Virginia state parks and forests......read more
#TheHistoryProject -The Mound Builders: The First West Virginians
04/03/2022
The first European settlers, in what is now West Virginia, were the first non-native people to see the large mounds created by Indian cultures of prehistory. These mounds sit on what little flat land our state has, and along the many storied rivers......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.2.2022
04/02/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – View an interactive map of Fallout 76’s West Virginia locations; the popular TV show Barnwood Builders is back, and with a new project in Greenbrier County; and three historic Fayetteville schoolhouses will be converted to......read more
Insider’s Guide to Real-World WV Locations in Fallout 76
04/02/2022
Looking to explore the real-life Mountain State locations in Fallout 76? You’ve come to the right place. Through an exclusive partnership with Bethesda Softworks, we’ve got the inside scoop on all the West Virginia sites. They’ve worked with us to......read more
West Virginia-based Barnwood Builders returns for 13th season
04/02/2022
Season 13 of the hit show Barnwood Builders is ready to launch. Greenbrier County resident Mark Bowe and his West Virginia based crew have become a hit travelling across the country delicately demolishing 100-plus-year-old cabins and repurposing them......read more
Historic Fayetteville schoolhouses to become hotel, townhomes
04/02/2022
Three Historic Fayetteville schoolhouses will soon be transformed into upscale hotels, apartments and townhomes. Inside the nearly 100-year-old former Fayetteville High School building, Gov. Jim Justice announced a $15 million tourism and redevelopment......read more
#TheHistoryProject - Daniel Boone: Great American Pioneer
04/02/2022
American legend Daniel Boone’s exploration of the Appalachian Mountains of the Colonial American frontier played an important, historical role in early day Pt. Pleasant in modern day West Virginia. He is celebrated for his contributions to our country......read more
daily304 - Episode 4.1.2022
04/01/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – A new research facility may be bringing more jobs to Fairmont; construction is expected to begin soon on the new steel mill in Mason County … and Gat Creek Furniture expands its facilities. Read more…...read more
Fairmont City Council hears plan to develop autonomous vehicle testing facility
04/01/2022
Fairmont City Council got a look Tuesday night at a plan to develop the old Fairmont Coke Works site at Sharon Steel Corporation property in East Side. West Virginia University’s BrickStreet Development Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and......read more
Nucor invests $1B in W.Va. mill so far, with more expected this year
04/01/2022
One of the first things John Farris, vice president and general manager of North Carolina-based Nucor Corp., said during his opening remarks at the 2022 West Virginia Construction and Design Exposition in Charleston on Wednesday is that a new steel......read more
Gat Creek expands factory to build more furniture
04/01/2022
One of the unpredictable aspects of the Covid pandemic has been its effect on businesses. While some categories struggled and even failed due to the quarantines that kept customers at home, others have flourished. All of this “home time” has......read more
#TheHistoryProject: Harman & Margaret Blennerhassett - Espionage and intrigue in Colonial America
04/01/2022
In the middle of the Ohio River between Parkersburg, West Virginia and Belpre, Ohio, sits Blennerhassett Island, a place named for the Anglo-Irish Gentry who built their estate there in the 18th century and named it for themselves. But this paradise......read more
daily304 - Episode 3.31.2022
03/31/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Instagram users have their favorite spots in Almost Heaven – can you guess the Top 5 scenic locations? A Bridgeport hospital expands its facilities and services; and a new airport project is expected to bring up to 800 more jobs......read more
Most Instagrammable Spots
03/31/2022
The Mountain State is well-known for its incredible beauty and outdoor adventures. While in Almost Heaven, visitors will find cozy mountain escapes among the rolling hills of Appalachia. Many have enjoyed West Virginia’s beauty through photographs and......read more
United Hospital Center growth plans include wing, school of nursing and new pediatric center
03/31/2022
In yet another challenging year for the health care industry nationwide, the staff at WVU Medicine-United Hospital Center in Bridgeport rose to the occasion to ensure that patients received appropriate care and that the hospital can continue growth to......read more
Aerospace industry remains an important economic driver in North Central West Virginia
03/31/2022
The North Central West Virginia aerospace industry remains one of the region’s primary economic drivers. Bridgeport’s North Central West Virginia Airport (CKB) and the collection of aerospace-related businesses surrounding it generate a total annual......read more
daily304 - Episode 3.30.2022
03/30/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – What’s it like to catch a record muskie? Angler Luke King gives the details; WV’s Jobs & Hopes program honors its latest class; and a comedy festival comes to Morgantown. Read more…...read more
What Happens After You Catch a State Record Muskie—Including Video of the Release
03/30/2022
As reported by Field & Stream on Monday, Luke King, 27, caught a new state-record muskie in the highlands of West Virginia over the weekend. Smashing the old record by over 11 pounds, the 55-inch beast was a once-in-a-lifetime haul. But what happens......read more
Comedy Festival Brings Morgantown Laughs For Days
03/30/2022
When you think of West Virginia, many things come to mind. But comedy is probably not the first or even second on the list. Cody Cannon is a Morgantown comedian. He works in the restaurant industry by day, but he’s passionate about what he does. He’s......read more
daily304 - Episode 3.29.2022
03/29/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – MVB Bank’s CEO talks fintech and reaching a major milestone; learn more about the emerging industry of technology and information services; and public safety agencies are hiring! Read more…...read more
A conversation between Sarah Biller, executive director of Vantage Ventures, and Larry Mazza, CEO of MVB Financial Corp. an
03/29/2022
MVB Bank has differentiated itself through its commitment to fintech. Why is fintech so important to the company? “Our journey into Fintech has followed an evolu​​tionary path. MVB realized that banks were rapidly becoming the yellow-top taxis in an......read more
The information technology industry is thriving in West Virginia
03/29/2022
Technology & Information Services is an emerging industry in West Virginia. This growing cluster of researchers and practitioners includes university research facilities, government agencies and commercial enterprises. The concentration of Technology......read more
Public safety jobs in West Virginia are hiring
03/29/2022
What is better than an amazing community? Having a rewarding career to support it! Public safety jobs are among the most important jobs in West Virginia because they ensure safe communities and support the high quality of life that the Mountain State......read more
What is Lemongrass Kitchen?
03/28/2022
Lemongrass Kitchen is a shared-use kitchen concept that removes costly barriers for start-ups....read more
Institute infuses W.Va. syrup-making with innovation
03/28/2022
Making maple syrup used to be fairly common in West Virginia, though as more people began buying sugar and other syrups at the store, the practice faded....read more
Glamping: Luxury camping accommodations
03/28/2022
Do you like spending time in nature but hate the idea of roughing it? Try glamping instead. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 3.28.2022
03/28/2022
Lemongrass Kitchen provides startup space to budding entrepreneurs; maple syrup farms get a boost from technology; and glamping options about in Almost Heaven....read more
Family-friendly state park destinations in West Virginia
03/27/2022
Been cooped up with the kids most of the winter? Cure your cabin fever with a visit to one of these family-friendly destinations....read more
WV State Fair adds 90s country music artists to lineup
03/27/2022
Officials from the State Fair of West Virginia announced that they are adding two country music legends to the fair’s 2022 Concert Series....read more
Engineered Hardwood vs Solid Hardwood – Which is better?
03/27/2022
Is there much difference between engineered hardwood and solid hardwood? Ted Gregerson of Ted’s Abbey Carpet & Floor gives you the answer....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.27.2022
03/27/2022
Plan a family getaway at a West Virginia state park; the State Fair of West Virginia adds to its 2022 concert lineup; and learn the difference between engineered and solid hardwood flooring....read more
Betsy Sweeny: Saving Old Buildings in Wheeling, WV
03/26/2022
Betsy Sweeny and her home restoration project have been featured on Cheap Old Houses and Magnolia Network’s new show, “In With the Old.” ...read more
West Virginia Gold Rush returns March 29
03/26/2022
The West Virginia Gold Rush is returning for its fifth year this spring! ...read more
New federal program aims to help homeowners affected by COVID-19 pandemic
03/26/2022
Governor Jim Justice and the West Virginia Housing Development Fund are pleased to announce the launch of a new program to help West Virginia homeowners affected by COVID-19....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.26.2022
03/26/2022
Wheeling Heritage provides technical assistance on old home restorations; the Gold Rush returns to West Virginia’s lakes and streams this spring; and a new federal program targets homeowners in need of assistance....read more
Look for these trees in your neighborhood as they transition into spring
03/25/2022
Spring is bursting out all over and painting the West Virginia hills with bright splashes of color....read more
How to use community resources to advance your business
03/25/2022
One question we receive often here at The Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University, known to most people simply as RCBI, is how to best manufacture a product while properly receiving the funding to continue developing your company. ...read more
Resilient West Virginia: building momentum to secure Appalachia’s future
03/25/2022
The Resilient West Virginia Coalition will serve as a catalyst for the future of West Virginia to advance national security and economic security for the United States of America....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.25.2022
03/25/2022
The West Virginia Division of Forestry offers tips for identifying spring blooms; the Robert C. Byrd Institute offers resources for manufacturing businesses; and Resilient WV boosts manufacturing and cybersecurity jobs...read more
WPHS Robotics Team to head to World Championships in Texas
03/24/2022
Wheeling Park High School Vex Robotics team is heading to Texas! They will be competing in the World Championships with 800 other high school teams!...read more
Marshall students learn to thwart cyber attacks with help From W.Va. National Guard, tech companies
03/24/2022
One of the best ways to prevent cyber attacks is to hire someone to try to hack a system. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 3.24.2022
03/24/2022
Discover the history and mystery behind West Virginia state parks and forests; Wheeling Park High scShool heads to the world robotics championships; and Marshall University teams with the National Guard to prevent cyber attacks....read more
SBDC Day 2022: Celebrating Another Year of Helping WV Small Businesses Succeed
03/23/2022
Since 1983 the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC) and our network of partners has helped construct a statewide ecosystem to foster the spirit, support, and success of thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators....read more
W.Va. Dept. of Agriculture announces veteran's grant program
03/23/2022
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has announced a request for applications for its 2022 Veterans and Heroes to Agriculture Grant Program, according to state Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt....read more
Murder Mystery Dinner: Blackwater Falls
03/23/2022
On April 30, it’s murder mystery at Blackwater Falls Lodge!...read more
Discover the History and Mystery of WV State Parks
03/23/2022
West Virginia state parks and forests are best known for their natural beauty, but there’s also a great deal of history and mystery associated with these places. Are you familiar with the colorful background of these parks?...read more
daily304 - Episode 3.23.2022
03/23/2022
WV SBDC earns recognition for Small Business Development Day; veterans are encouraged to apply for an agriculture grant; and help solve a “murder” – while eating dinner – at Bl ackwater Falls....read more
POSaBIT Launches Point of Sale for Cannabis Retailers in West Virginia
03/22/2022
POSaBIT Systems Corporation, the leading provider of point of sale software and payments infrastructure in the cannabis industry, is proud to announce their entry into the West Virginia medical cannabis market, where they are now live with their point......read more
CFOAM-From-West-Virginia-Coal-Mines-to-Outer-Space
03/22/2022
West Virginia is known for its deep roots when it comes to the coal mining industry. Most people associate coal with creating heat and electricity. Have you ever considered coal in outer space?...read more
Livability Advantage Valley, WV
03/22/2022
In search of a new place to call home? Well, look no further because Advantage Valley, WV has everything you are looking for and more, we promise!...read more
daily304 - Episode 3.22.2022
03/22/2022
POSaBIT launches a point of sale for cannabis retailers in West Virginia; learn how a WV manufacturer converts coal into carbon foam; and discover beauty and opportunity in the Advantage Valley...read more
Autumn Colors Express trains scheduled to run once again in October 2022
03/21/2022
The Autumn Colors Express Train is now back on the 2022 Schedule and tickets are now available for purchase....read more
Cryptids, Local Food, Artwork Celebrated In W.Va. Board Game
03/21/2022
Mothman's been sighted again in West Virginia. And he's looking for a meal....read more
Innovators and Entrepreneurs Ep. 2 - Todd Cope
03/21/2022
Todd Cope, CEO of CentralAPP, is a West Virginian on the go. Last year, he and his Tesla made a cross-country trek from West Virginia to Silicon Valley to highlight tech jobs in places you might not expect them....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.21.2022
03/21/2022
Book your seat now on the popular Autumn Colors Express train ride; Check out “Hungry for Humans,” the new board game featuring West Virginia monsters; and hear what former Silicon Valley exec and native West Virginian Todd Cope has to say about tech job...read more
Discover adventure in the Mountain State: A guide to Pipestem and Bluestone state parks
03/20/2022
Pipestem State Park offers a much-needed oasis and reprieve from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. ...read more
The WV Gold Rush returns
03/20/2022
The West Virginia Gold Rush returns March 29 – April 9, 2022. For the fifth year in a row, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is planning statewide stockings of the Mountain State’s very own golden rainbow trout. ...read more
Fisheries organization shows Marshall students new opportunities
03/20/2022
Marshall University students have brought back an organization that brings passion and fieldwork together....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.20.2022
03/20/2022
Plan a getaway to Pipestem and Bluestone state parks; the Gold Rush returns to West Virginia’s lakes and streams; and Marshall reopens an American Fisheries Society chapter....read more
Conquer Tax Season with 3 Simple Steps
03/19/2022
Whether you’re a brand new business owner or you’ve been in business for decades, tax season can be daunting. ...read more
The Wheeling Suspension Bridge - The Engineering Marvel That Shaped America's Industrial Age
03/19/2022
In the 19th century, the National Road reached from Cumberland, Md., to Wheeling but was hindered by the wide Ohio River....read more
This spot in the West Virginia mountains has become a shopping and dining destination
03/19/2022
Pocohontas County, West Virginia, is known for exhilarating outdoor adventure and comes with a side of Appalachian hospitality, stargazing, and the best maple syrup around....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.19.2022
03/19/2022
The WV SBDC offers tips for preparing your taxes; learn how the Wheeling Suspension Bridge shaped America’s Industrial Age; and discover nature, history and science in scenic Pocahontas County....read more
‘Rocket Boy’ Homer Hickam helps send West Virginia kids to Space Camp
03/18/2022
West Virginia native and former NASA engineer Homer Hickam, who serves on the board of Space Camp in Huntsville, AL, in conjunction with Adams Hallmark stores in West Virginia, has announced the 2022 winners of the H.M. “Mike” Adams Memorial Space Camp......read more
What Is Resilient West Virginia?
03/18/2022
When it comes to recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, cities and towns in West Virginia are in a better place to build back better than many other communities in the country and a group of state agencies and organizations are out to prove it....read more
Vantage Ventures presents 2021 Impact Report
03/18/2022
Since opening our doors in October of 2019, Vantage Ventures remains committed to its mission of empowering the next generation of talented, motivated entrepreneurs to build impactful, technology businesses tackling complex challenges....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.18.2022
03/18/2022
West Virginia writer and NASA engineer Homer Hickam announces space camp scholarships; Resilient West Virginia creates economic opportunities for state residents and businesses; and Vantage Ventures empowers entrepreneurs....read more
Know the Danger Before You Burn
03/17/2022
Spring Fire Season is March 1 through May 31. Burning is prohibited during this time from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m....read more
Dow Chemical – West Virginia Operations Rolls Out Apprenticeship Program
03/17/2022
In 2018, Dow Chemical debuted its West Virginia Operations apprenticeship program. ...read more
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra ready to celebrate magic wands, lightsabers
03/17/2022
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will present “Harry Potter vs. Star Wars” at 2:30 p.m. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 3.17.2022
03/17/2022
Spring Fire Season is here – Stay safe! Follow burning guidelines and consult the wildfire danger map; Dow Chemical offers paid apprenticeships in manufacturing jobs; and the WV Symphony presents “Harry Potter vs. Star Wars.” ...read more
Bridgeport's (West Virginia) Hillbilly Barrels provides alternative furniture option
03/16/2022
Two neighbors and family friends from Bridgeport are using skills mastered during the COVID-19 pandemic in their new furniture business....read more
West Virginia Training and Conference Center
03/16/2022
The West Virginia Training and Conference Center (WVTCC) offers the community, government organizations and companies a modern conference center with classrooms and access to mine and electrical labs that are furnished with special equipment and the lates...read more
Caperton investor group bringing salmon farm to Appalachia
03/16/2022
Caperton announced Wednesday that the 20-acre aquaculture center will be constructed in Raleigh County and will use water from abandoned mines to hatch and nourish salmon....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.16.2022
03/16/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Hillbilly Barrels crafts custom-made furniture in Bridgeport; a conference center outside Charleston has everything your company needs for training; and a salmon farm is expected to bring more jobs to southern West Virginia......read more
NOAA launches GOES-T climate and weather satellite, data to be stored in Fairmont, West Virginia
03/15/2022
On March 1, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration launched the GOES-T weather satellite, the most recent in a series of satellites that will pull weather data from the Earth and store it locally in Fairmont....read more
New Owners Assume the Helm at West Virginia’s Iconic Water Stone Outdoors
03/15/2022
Holly Fussell, and her former Navy SEAL husband, Chris Fussell have recently purchased Water Stone Outdoors, an outdoor retail shop that has served as an anchor in the New River Gorge climbing and outdoor community since its founding in 1994. ...read more
Resilient West Virginia: Building Momentum to Secure Appalachia’s Future
03/15/2022
The Resilient West Virginia coalition will serve as a catalyst for the future of West Virginia to advance national security and economic security for the United States of America....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.15.2022
03/15/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Data from NOAA satellite launch will be stored in Fairmont; Fayetteville retailer Water Stone Outdoors changes hands; and Resilient West Virginia targets employment in underserved areas. Read more…...read more
At Moon Flower, a hemp business run by three generations of Appalachian women, business is blooming
03/14/2022
Most mornings in the spring of 2019, sisters Riley and Macie Queen got up before daybreak and drove out to their family’s hemp farm in central West Virginia with their childhood friend Cayla Collett....read more
FASTER WV Webinar: Growing Your Tourism Business
03/14/2022
More than 10,000 people travel annually into Advantage Valley to access our region’s most amazing mountains, rivers, hiking trails, biking trails and other outdoor amenities. ...read more
Developer seeks tenant for Class A warehouse in Martinsburg
03/14/2022
Red Rock Developments, along with strategic partner, Cresset Real Estate Partners, has broken ground on a major Class A speculative industrial facility in Martinsburg and is seeking to secure a tenant before the site’s completed construction in early 2023...read more
daily304 - Episode 3.14.2022
03/14/2022
Business is booming at a Buckhannon hemp farm; register for a free webinar on starting your own tourism business; and a Martinsburg warehouse has openings for tenants....read more
Student leaders kick off second year of the West Virginia Student Success Leadership Council
03/13/2022
The West Virginia Student Success Leadership Council (WVSSLC) kicked off its second year in a virtual conference last week attended by 55 student leaders representing 49 high schools and six colleges and universities across the state....read more
19 Best Things to Do in Berkeley Springs, WV
03/13/2022
Just like when capturing the heart of singer John Denver, the country roads and mountains of West Virginia will leave you wanting to sing its praises....read more
Deep roots, high tunnels: Wellsburg family finds success in their farming roots
03/13/2022
When Britney Hervey-Farris and her husband Charlie Farris began farming a decade ago, some things were a mystery. Big things, like how to grow crops and how to run a business....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.13.2022
03/13/2022
Student leaders from across the state meet to help peers with education; try out these 19 fun things to do in Berkeley Springs; and a Wellsburg family marks eight generations of farming. ...read more
WV Construction & Design EXPO 2022 set for March 23-24 at Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center
03/12/2022
The 2022 West Virginia Construction and Design Exposition (EXPO) will be held March 23-24 at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center....read more
About Txt 4 Success
03/12/2022
In 2014, College for West Virginia began a pilot project to provide students with college-counseling via text message. ...read more
Subscribe to the Daily304 podcast
03/12/2022
Get the scoop on all the latest happenings throughout West Virginia. Subscribe to the Daily304 podcast on Spotify....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.12.2022
03/12/2022
The WV Construction and Design EXPO comes to Charleston this month; a new service provides college counseling via text message; and subscribe to the Daily304 podcast....read more
Local female-owned bridal shop has been open for roughly eight decades
03/11/2022
With Women’s History Month well underway, one local female-owned business has had the doors open for roughly eight decades....read more
Scheduled Tire Collection Events
03/11/2022
​​​​​Only tires from state residents will be accepted. Please have your WV ID ​ready when you sign in....read more
Affordable Summers County camp teaches kids about environment, feeds veggie meals
03/11/2022
Set inside a bend in the Greenbrier River, Camp Thomas E. Lightfoot served coal miners’ children for decades....read more
Fairmont, West Virginia, based High Technology Foundation lays out plans for Phase III of I-79 High Tech Park expansion
03/10/2022
The High Technology Foundation is continuing its mission to expand the I-79 High Technology Park into unused pieces of the organization’s property, and officials look forward to making strides in that development this year....read more
Scout camp offers seasonal employment
03/10/2022
The Summit Bechtel Reserve is looking for some excellent seasonal staff to support summer programming and year-round operations at our 10,000 acre facility in Wild & Wonderful West Virginia....read more
West Virginia’s first forester’s influence is still felt today
03/10/2022
Does the name A.B. Brooks sound familiar to you?...read more
daily304 - Episode 3.10.2022
03/10/2022
Phase III expansion is underway at a Fairmont tech park; Summit Bechtel Reserve is seeking seasonal workers; and learn about the contributions of West Virginia’s first forester....read more
The Best Hikes in the Dolly Sods
03/09/2022
In the Dolly Sods Wilderness, day hikers and backpackers can head into an impressive stretch of mountains, hardwood forest and upland bogs, leaving the east coast bustle behind for the hills. ...read more
Governor Justice announces AML grants
03/09/2022
Nine economic and tourism development projects in West Virginia received funding recently from the Abandoned Mine Lands grant funds....read more
W.Va. Water Trails: How Guyandotte River Access Points United A Community
03/09/2022
There are 26 official West Virginia Water Trails in the state. Earning the status can take years of work....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.9.2022
03/09/2022
Backpacker magazine recommends day hikes in the Dolly Sods; Gov. Justice announces tourism and economic development grants; and West Virginia’s water trails continue to lure business....read more
New meat processing facility brings jobs to Kanawha County
03/08/2022
​ A new processing facility is coming to the eastern part of Kanawha County. Appalachian Abattoir held a ribbon cutting today, March 1....read more
WV Inventors Society to Launch April 21
03/08/2022
The West Virginia Inventors Society (WVIS) will launch April 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park....read more
Don’t miss WV spring fish stockings
03/08/2022
West Virginia fish hatcheries and fish stockings began in the late 1800s, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that larger hatcheries were built, and fish production and stocking began to increase. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 3.8.2022
03/08/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – A meat processing plant opens in Kanawha County, creating 35 jobs; the West Virginia Inventors Society launches next month; and spring trout stockings have arrived Almost Heaven. Read more…...read more
Opportunity Move
03/07/2022
West Virginia is positioned to assist your agency in mitigating risk, reducing your expense budget and providing upskilling, workforce recruitment and training opportunities....read more
Building Momentum to Secure Appalachia’s Future
03/07/2022
The Resilient West Virginia coalition will serve as a catalyst for the future of West Virginia to advance national security and economic security for the United States of America....read more
Learn more about Rock Springs Business Park
03/07/2022
Located along the Ohio River in Chester, West Virginia, the former TS&T Pottery Site now presents an opportunity for a dynamic brownfields redevelopment. The Rock Springs Business Park is primed with opportunities....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.7.2022
03/07/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Learn how the state’s Opportunity Move assists federal agencies; Resilient West Virginia supports industry growth in the Mountain State; and take a virtual tour of Rock Springs Business Park. Read more…...read more
daily304 - Episode 3.6.2022
03/06/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – A building manufacturer is coming to Bluefield, creating up to 300 jobs; Helvetia’s Fasnacht festival returns; and learn about the advantages of living in the Beckley-Raleigh County region. Read more…...read more
Omnis Building Technologies Will Build $40M Facility In West Virginia
03/06/2022
Omnis Building Technologies will build a $40 million, 150,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Bluefield, WV. The plant, which create between 150 and 300 jobs, will manufacture housing materials that will revolutionize the future of residential......read more
In a Tiny Appalachian Village, a Beloved Festival Returns
03/06/2022
HELVETIA, W.Va. — As the sun set below the ridgelines of the Appalachian Mountains on Saturday evening, revelers donned fantastical papier-mâché masks — a bright red creature with striped horns, a boar with a floral headdress, an autumn leaf — and......read more
Guest Column: Celebrating a welcoming lifestyle and adventure
03/06/2022
Have you ever thought about the advantages of a small region like Beckley-Raleigh County, W.Va.? A place like ours is overflowing with nice folks, colorful culture and plenty of outdoor adventure. It doesn’t take long to feel welcomed by our authentic......read more
daily304 - Episode 3.5.2022
03/05/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Cheesemaking is a family tradition in Helvetia; started as a home business during the 2020 COVID-19 shutdown, Bolivar Bakery expands to a Harpers Ferry storefront; and Skip Lineberg discusses “wisdom hacks” from The Main Thing......read more
Family revives tradition of Swiss cheese making in Helvetia, West Virginia
03/05/2022
In a basement kitchen, a pot on the stove full of what looks like soured milk sat on low heat. Thrayron Morgan had her arm submerged in the liquid, and she was carefully cutting up the mixture with her hands. “It just feels like oh goodness, like jello......read more
JCDA's February Business Spotlight Bolivar Bread Bakery
03/05/2022
Welcome to the JCDA’s February business spotlight. This month we are featuring Bolivar Bread Bakery. Bolivar Bread is owned and operated by Katie Kopsick and is now located at 914 Washington Street in Harpers Ferry, WV. Did you know that according to......read more
Innovators and Entrepreneurs Ep. 1 - Skip Lineberg
03/05/2022
West Virginia native Skip Lineberg’s goal is to help people get better at life by hacking wisdom in under 10 minutes. Lineberg is the founder of the Main Thing, a platform that connects listeners with wisdom in their effort to live their best lives......read more
Bridging Innovation: WV Entrepreneurship’s Coming Out Party!
03/04/2022
Starting in the summer of 2019, the West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem began to plan for a large convening of the group in what would be the first ever WV Entrepreneurship Conference. Sponsors were engaged, speakers were found, the location was......read more
TechWrxWV Program Helping to Create Meaningful, Measurable Change in WV
03/04/2022
TechConnect West Virginia’s recently completed TechWrxWV project resulted in the creation of 125 new jobs, the retention of 114 existing jobs, the launch of 34 new businesses and attracted $10.3 million in follow-on funding for entrepreneurs and......read more
Video: Watch 4 Million Cubic Yards of Earth Moved in 15 Months at Menards Charles Pointe Crossing Site
03/04/2022
It was visible, for those with a quick eye or fortunate to be in the passenger seat of a vehicle, to those wondering about the massive construction on the northbound side of Jerry Dove Drive from the rest area to the Jerry Dove Drive exit......read more
daily304 - Episode 3.4.2022
03/04/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Register for the first-ever Entrepreneurship Conference next month; and watch video of the new shopping complex coming to Bridgeport. Read more…...read more
West Virginia farm nominated for ‘Best Chef’ award
03/03/2022
Featured on “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” and in The New York Times, Lost Creek Farm offers a unique take on mountain cuisine, defined by story-rich recipes, time-honored techniques and newly emerging regional traditions. Operated by Mike Costello......read more
West Virginia holds strict standards for forest fire laws in order to protect one of the state’s most valuable resources
03/03/2022
West Virginia holds strict standards for forest fire laws in order to protect one of the state’s most valuable resources – our forests. Please be completely familiar with the following requirements any time you are burning outdoors. All fires must have......read more
This Is What Can Happen When An Area Becomes A National Park
03/03/2022
Attendance was up dramatically at many national parks last year, including New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. In fact, in 2021, nearly 1.7 million people visited New River Gorge, according to the National Park Service (NPS). Before that, the......read more
daily304 - Episode 3.3.2022
03/03/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Discover mountain cuisine at Lost Creek Farm; Spring fire season starts this month; and check out these handy tips for visiting the New River Gorge. Read more…...read more
daily304 - Episode 3.2.2022
03/02/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Fintech finds a great home in Advantage Valley -- #YesWV; Register for free classes on patents and trademarks; and learn about environmental careers at a festival at WVU Potomac State. Read more…...read more
Core10 Finds Major Advantages in the Advantage Valley, WV Area
03/02/2022
Advantage Valley has a growing technology sector, and one of the many innovative companies doing business is Core10, a financial technology company founded in 2015. The company develops software products and services for banks, credit unions and......read more
Intellectual Property Seminars with the US Patent and Trademark Office April 26 – May 17, 2022
03/02/2022
The “BEST in West Virginia” program, presented by TechConnect West Virginia and the West Virginia Small Business Development Center is celebrating World IP day by partnering with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to present a series of seminars in......read more
Learn about environmental careers at STEM Festival
03/02/2022
Local representatives with environmental careers will present hands-on activities and answer questions about careers in their fields at the Mineral County Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Festival at West Virginia University Potomac State......read more
daily304 - Episode 3.1.2022
03/01/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Tech companies are hiring – find a job in Almost Heaven; coalition forms to advance national and economic security; and the Robert C. Byrd Institute provides services to entrepreneurs. Read more…...read more
Looking for a new career?
03/01/2022
Pursuing a career in tech in West Virginia offers you a unique chance to evolve and polish your entrepreneurial skills. In fact, West Virginia is one of few states that has passed a “Sandbox Legislation” to encourage startup activities and......read more
Building Momentum to Secure Appalachia’s Future
03/01/2022
The Resilient West Virginia coalition will serve as a catalyst for the future of West Virginia to advance national security and economic security for the United States of America. This effort serves to diversify West Virginia’s economy by creating......read more
RCBI provides service to entrepreneurs
03/01/2022
Entrepreneurs see a need that isn’t being met by the market and innovate a new way to meet that need. They invest their time, energy and capital into developing fresh ideas then making their products and services available to others. Being an......read more
daily304 - Episode 2.28.2022
02/28/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – KUDO solves language barriers between businesses; find out why distribution and fulfillment centers say “YesWV”; and a new partnership expands economic education at WVU. Read more…...read more
Overcome Language Barriers In International Business With This One Tool
02/28/2022
Have you ever been in a business call with an international client and felt like something was getting lost in translation? If you’ve ever had something you said to a business partner who speaks another language get misinterpreted, you know what it......read more
Fulfillment distribution in the Mountain State
02/28/2022
West Virginia is home to distribution and fulfillment centers for renowned companies. The Mountain State delivers the logistical and operational advantages these businesses need for success. West Virginia’s highly skilled workforce combined with low......read more
WVU announces $40M partnership to expand economics education through innovative Chambers College programs
02/28/2022
A leadership gift to West Virginia University from longtime supporters Ken and Randy Kendrick will allow the John Chambers College of Business and Economics to transform economics education through innovative programs for high-schoolers and educators......read more
Officials: Increased tourism investment paying off for West Virginia
02/27/2022
More than $150 million worth of improvements at West Virginia State Parks and Forests have been competed in the last five years, officials said Tuesday. During a ribbon cutting event celebrating renovations at Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge, Gov......read more
Job Jumpstart Program designed to assist West Virginians returning to the workforce
02/27/2022
Governor Jim Justice announced the Job Jumpstart Program (JJP) to assist West Virginians returning to the workforce. West Virginia residents who currently receive unemployment benefits, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or......read more
A Grandparent’s Guide to Spring Break in West Virginia
02/27/2022
Gearing up to host your grandkids for spring break this year? West Virginia has endless options of activities to do with your crew of kiddos over spring break. Get out of the house and into the mountains with any of these fun choices for quality time......read more
daily304 - Episode 2.27.2022
02/27/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Revenue is up 52% at state parks as renovations continue; Job Jumpstart Program helps West Virginians returning to the workforce … and Almost Heaven has the perfect getaway for grandparents and grandkids. Read more…...read more
Grants approved for recreational trail, sidewalk upgrades throughout West Virginia
02/26/2022
More than two dozen trail and sidewalk project grants were announced throughout West Virginia on Monday. Gov. Jim Justice announced his approval of $8.3 million for 29 projects in 21 counties, according to a news release from his office. The grants......read more
Renovations complete at Blackwater Falls, Canaan Valley Resort state parks
02/26/2022
Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge in Tucker County celebrated a grand reopening on Tuesday following the completion of a multimillion-dollar renovation project. State officials including Gov. Jim Justice joined West Virginia Department of Tourism......read more
State park itineraries for adventurous couples
02/26/2022
The couple that plays together stays together, right? Sweep your sweetheart off his or her feet with a romantic adventure at West Virginia state parks and forests! Plan a long stay at Pipestem Resort State Park because you’ll want to try everything......read more
daily304 - Episode 2.26.2022
02/26/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Grants announced to improve recreational trails and sidewalks; Blackwater Falls Lodge celebrates renovation completion; and check out some state park itineraries for adventurous couples. Read more…...read more
daily304 - Episode 2.25.2022
02/25/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Huntington’s new Chamber president knows what it takes to be a small business owner; permit sales are soaring on the Hatfield McCoy Trails; and a Ravenswood manufacturing facility sees the benefits of a $5 million investment......read more
Tricia Ball wants to help West Virginia businesses thrive in new position as president of Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce
02/25/2022
A small business is often a family business out of necessity. When Tricia Ball was a young girl, an injury to her father while on a logging job led to him being physically unable to provide for his family the way he was used to. “My parents ended up......read more
Trail permits skyrocket: Hatfield-McCoy almost doubles sales in 2021, continues record growth
02/25/2022
The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System set a record in 2021, almost doubling the number of permits sold for the ATV trails that wind hundreds of miles through Southern West Virginia. Gov. Jim Justice said almost 95,000 permits were sold last year, a 46......read more
Star Continues Growth with $5M Equipment Investments
02/25/2022
Star Plastics’ growth continues with the installation of the first of two new twin screw extruders at its North American facilities. This new addition marks the first phase of a larger investment that will amount to more than $5 million dollars in 2022......read more
daily304 - Episode 2.24.2022
02/24/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – It’s the Roaring (20)20s for economic development; West Virginia workforce participation and growth are up; and work begins on the Nitro-St. Albans bridge. Read more…...read more
West Virginia Is Thriving in the Roaring (20)20s
02/24/2022
We started the decade with a goal: fix the problems that confront West Virginia and her people. In pursuit of that goal, we have empowered a strong, aggressive championship team to help take the lead in powering a dynamic, vibrant economy in the......read more
Increase in workforce participation, hiring in service industry seen in West Virginia
02/24/2022
A recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics showed greater workforce participation and growth in several industries. Total non-farm payroll employment rose by 467,000 in January, but the unemployment rate saw little change, at......read more
Contractors to start moving steel on new Nitro-St. Albans bridge
02/24/2022
Contractors plan to start installing the first main steel deck support girders for a massive overhaul of the Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge on Monday, weather permitting. The overhaul is part of the $2.8 billion Roads to Prosperity highway construction......read more
Innovators and Entrepreneurs Ep. 1 - Skip Lineberg
02/24/2022
West Virginia native Skip Lineberg’s goal is to help people get better at life by hacking wisdom in under 10 minutes. Lineberg is the founder of the Main Thing, a platform that connects listeners with wisdom in their effort to live their best lives......read more
daily304 - Episode 2.23.2022
02/23/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – A Morgantown company is making (sound) waves in music education; a new conference center in Hampshire County offers stunning views; and WVU and Marshall join forces in cybersecurity. Read more…...read more
Vantage spotlight on Justin Whiteman of UMuseUs
02/23/2022
We are extremely fortunate at Vantage Ventures to have a growing community of entrepreneurs building impactful companies here with West Virginia roots. By supporting teams of creative thinkers and problem-solvers—and leveraging the untapped talent and......read more
New and improved: conference center open for rentals
02/23/2022
The new Conference Center at Hampshire Park is complete and ready for rentals. The newly renovated, 6,600-square-foot Conference Center is heated and air conditioned for year-round use and is available for a variety of functions. Read more......read more
Marshall, WVU link resources with U.S. Cyber Command network
02/23/2022
West Virginia’s two largest universities have joined forces with the U.S. Department of Defense to protect and serve the nation while their students gain current — and future — work skills in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is a burgeoning career field......read more
daily304 - Episode 2.22.2022
02/22/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – A program offers assistance to qualifying renters; Appalachian Power seeks more solar energy; and Bear Wood Company comes to Morgantown. Read more…...read more
Appalachian Power seeks more solar energy
02/22/2022
For the second time this year, Appalachian Power is looking for more solar power to supply its customers. The company on Wednesday issued a request for proposals (RFP) for up to 150 megawatts of solar energy with the option to include a battery-energy......read more
West Virginia woodworking business brings reclaimed wooden stories to Morgantown
02/22/2022
A small woodworking business has recently become one of High Street's newest attractions. Bear Wood Company reclaims West Virginia’s heritage by converting old barn wood into heirloom quality furnishings. Originally starting in Hurricane, Bear Wood......read more
Program offers assistance to renters
02/22/2022
Real help for West Virginia renters is here! The Mountaineer Rental Assistance Program is now open and accepting applications. If you are a renter who is struggling to pay rent or utilities because of financial hardship during or due to the Coronavirus......read more
Eye on the target: new axe-throwing business thriving with help from WV SBDC
02/21/2022
When Mario and Kimberly Puccio first approached the idea of being business owners, they wanted to bring something new and different to their Wood County community that residents could enjoy year-round. ...read more
Watch WV history unfold before your eyes
02/21/2022
The History Project is a series of dynamic videos created by the West Virginia Department of Commerce highlighting people, places, and events throughout West Virginia’s history....read more
New boiler will allow Buffalo Creek & Gauley No. 4 to run again
02/20/2022
Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad 2-8-0 No. 4, the last steam locomotive in revenue service on the fabled West Virginia short line, will steam again, thanks to a plan to obtain a new boiler for the Consolidation....read more
Outdoor recreation opportunities abound in West Virginia for the last weeks of winter
02/20/2022
As the final weeks of winter draw on, folks wishing to get out and take advantage of nicer days can still enjoy outdoor recreation....read more
Public-safety-jobs-in-West-Virginia-that-are-hiring-
02/20/2022
What is better than an amazing community? Having a rewarding career to support it!...read more
WV’s tech industry is hiring
02/20/2022
Looking for a new career? The West Virginia tech ecosystem is sizzling hot!...read more
daily304 - Episode 2.20.2022
02/20/2022
A fabled steam engine returns home to Cass. Spring is almost here, but there’s still time for your favorite winter sports. And check out Jobcase to find public safety jobs and other careers in Almost Heaven....read more
My Music Row story: KP Entertainment’s Kerri Edwards
02/19/2022
As the founder and president of management firm KP Entertainment, Kerri Edwards is a key figure in the careers of country stars Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell....read more
Memorial Tunnel in West Virginia will soon be used to grow mushrooms
02/19/2022
There’s an effort to breathe new life into an old West Virginia Turnpike tunnel by using it to grow mushrooms....read more
Alex George returns to Beckley and goes to work on multiple fronts
02/19/2022
When Alex George was 7 years old, he told his grandmother he thought they should go into business together....read more
daily304 - Episode 2.19.2022
02/19/2022
West Virginia native Kerri Edwards chats about the Nashville life and managing some of today’s hottest country stars; the old Memorial Tunnel gets new use as a mushroom farm; and the new owner of a popular Beckley-area restaurant has big plans....read more
Company to build $40 million plant at Exit 1 in Bluefield, creating 150 to 300 new jobs
02/18/2022
In a “monumental day” for the city of Bluefield, Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that Omnis Building Technologies will be developing a $40 million manufacturing plant at Exit 1, creating 150 to 300 new jobs in the process....read more
Get hired into West Virginia's tech ecosystem
02/18/2022
Have you always wanted to work in technology, but wasn’t sure how? Consider starting or growing your career in technology and innovation in the West Virginia tech ecosystem....read more
Toyota Commits Multimillion-Dollar Investment to Further Expand Production of Electrified Vehicles
02/18/2022
Before the ink dried on Toyota's November 2021 investment in hybrid transaxle production in West Virginia, the demand for the vehicle electrification market was already growing....read more
daily304 – Episode 2.18.2022
02/18/2022
A manufacturing plant is coming to Bluefield and bringing jobs; Find out which tech companies are hiring in Almost Heaven … and Toyota West Virginia commits to another major investment...read more
Celtic Calling set for March 4-6 in Charleston
02/17/2022
The 6th annual Celtic Calling returns to Charleston March 4-6, 2022....read more
WVU’s Innovation Hub provides workspace for innovators
02/17/2022
The Lane Innovation Hub is a collection of design, machining, building, and fabrication spaces for creating prototypes and small-scale production runs....read more
Register now for the WV Community Business Plan Competition
02/17/2022
Thank you for your interest in the West Virginia Community Business Plan Competition (CBPC)! ...read more
daily304 - Episode 2.17.2022
02/17/2022
Celtic Calling returns to Charleston next month; a WVU hub provides workspace to innovators; and register now for the WV Community Business Plan Competition. ...read more
Morgantown Club Brings Olympic Sport to WV
02/16/2022
Curling is one of those sports you only really hear about every four years when the Olympics come around....read more
Black Rock Wind Farm goes on line in West Virginia
02/16/2022
Chances are if you’re in Grant or Mineral Counties some of the power flowing into your home or business today was generated by wind turbines within the county....read more
Division of Rehabilitation Services: Helping disabled West Virginians find, maintain employment
02/16/2022
The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, which assists individuals with disabilities to obtain or maintain employment, serves approximately 6,000 West Virginians with disabilities across the state ages 14 and older....read more
daily304 - Episode 2.16.2022
02/16/2022
Curling isn’t just an Olympic sport—you can find a club right here in the Mountain State! A new wind farm begins operation in the Eastern Panhandle. And learn how a state agency assists disabled persons with finding work. ...read more
West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update February 2022
02/15/2022
The WV SBDC assists with the SBIR/STTR application process, in addition to technology transfer, IP support, licensing and product development cases. ...read more
Follow WV SBDC on LinkedIn
02/15/2022
The WV Small Business Development Center assists entrepreneurs and small business owners at every stage of the business lifecycle by providing technical assistance to help clients clarify goals, develop skills and acquire resources to operate a successful...read more
Learn more about energy development in West Virginia
02/15/2022
West Virginia serves as an energy hub for national and global economies. ...read more
daily304 – Episode 2.15.2022
02/15/2022
In-Tech plans entrepreneurship conferences; follow WV SBDC on LinkedIn … and learn more about energy production in West Virginia....read more
Best Driving Vacations: Exploring West Virginia’s New River Gorge
02/14/2022
The country’s newest national park is an ideal and accessible getaway for Columbus outdoor adventurers. ...read more
West Virginia horse enthusiasts launch venture to promote tourism in Mountain State
02/14/2022
A new coalition is forming in the Mountain State that sees the horse industry as a driver of economic development for West Virginia....read more
America’s SBDC provides a guiding light
02/14/2022
America’s SBDCs empower their clients during times of uncertainty and times of opportunity, a guiding light that helps them navigate and prepare for whatever lies ahead....read more
daily304 - Episode 2.14.2022
02/14/2022
Discover Almost Heaven in the New River Gorge; a new statewide coalition promotes the horse industry; and learn more about WV SBDC programs....read more
Wheeling Symphony Orchestra Creates A Unique Experience With Something For Everyone
02/13/2022
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been itching for a fancy night out after months of canceled plans and living in sweatpants. ...read more
Belle Chemical Company creates scholarship program for West Virginia students; donates to local community
02/13/2022
Belle Chemical Company rolled out its new annual scholarship program to support Kanawha County students in post-secondary learning on Monday at Carver Career and Technical Education Center....read more
Tourism Secretary Chelsea Ruby predicts WV tourism revenue will surpass pre-pandemic levels this year
02/13/2022
State Tourism Secretary Chelsea Ruby says her department will be working with community leaders in Fayette County to establish better access points to the newly designated New River Gorge National Park & Preserve....read more
daily304 - Episode 2.13.2022
02/13/2022
Add the Wheeling Symphony to your “things to do” list; Belle Chemical launches a new scholarship program; and the tourism secretary predicts revenue will soon rise to pre-pandemic levels...read more
Economic Development leaders announce plans for $11 Million initiative to build more resilient communities across southern
02/12/2022
The Appalachian Climate Technologies Coalition (“ACT Now Coalition”) launched on Monday, Feb. 7, at Coalfield Development Corporation’s West Edge Factory in Huntington, WV....read more
Charleston candlemaker busy as a bee
02/12/2022
The air in candle-maker Brooke Smith’s kitchen smelled sweet, though it had nothing to do with the morning’s oatmeal....read more
HashtagWV serves as West Virginia’s news and arts monthly
02/12/2022
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Or perhaps you’d like to check out a new restaurant. You can find it all in the entertainment newspaper, HashtagWV....read more
daily304 - Episode 2.12.2022
02/12/2022
Coalfield development groups seek $75 million for economic development … a Charleston candlemaker partners with beekeepers … and HashtagWV is your entertainment source for southern West Virginia....read more
West Virginia welcomes defense companies
02/11/2022
West Virginia is ready and eager to welcome defense companies and federal agencies seeking a loyal workforce, opportune location and rewarding lifestyle for employees....read more
West Virginia’s end of Nucor deal ‘very well protected,’ says Economic Development secretary
02/11/2022
West Virginia’s financial contributions to Nucor Corp.’s planned sheet steel mill in Mason County are “protected very well,” according to state officials involved with landing the project....read more
DataRobot gets gritty in West Virginia
02/11/2022
Dan Wright has always been a risk taker—"calculated risks,” as he specified. That’s how the seasoned entrepreneur became CEO of DataRobot, a booming artificial intelligence startup. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 2.11.2022
02/11/2022
​Learn why the defense industry is saying #YesWV; state officials are confident the Nucor steel deal is well protected; and WVU’s new AI partnership taps into the local talent pool.​...read more
daily304 - Episode 2.10.2022
02/10/2022
Marshall University joins a cyber command network; Pocahontas County celebrates bicentennial with new artwork; and a Morgantown business works to connect entrepreneurs with federal contractors....read more
Marshall joins U.S. Cyber Command Academic Engagement Network
02/10/2022
Marshall University has been selected as a member of the United States Cyber Command Academic Engagement Network. U.S. Cyber Command protects the Department of Defense’s information network, defends the nation against cyberattack and......read more
Pocahontas County kicks off bicentennial celebration with new statues
02/10/2022
Pocahontas County is hitting the tourism iron while it’s hot in a unique way. ...read more
Morgantown-based Vertx Partners aims to connect West Virginia tech businesses with federal entities, contractors
02/10/2022
Hoping to increase the Mountain State’s presence in the country’s defense supply chain, Morgantown-based Vertx Partners is aiming to connect West Virginia entrepreneurs and researchers with U.S. Department of Defense contracts....read more
daily304 - Episode 2.9.2022
02/09/2022
Don’t miss out on the biggest outdoor adventure festival of the year; the WV Department of Commerce reports on some big things happening right now; and find resources to help with your tourism business. ...read more
You Can Jump From This Appalachian Bridge (Legally) Once A Year
02/09/2022
Adventurers love to visit the iconic New River Gorge National Park in southwestern West Virginia. ...read more
West Virginia Department of Commerce remains ‘in the middle of it’
02/09/2022
West Virginia Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch is feeling pretty good these days....read more
WV Department of Tourism provides industry resources
02/09/2022
The West Virginia Department of Tourism is designed to promote West Virginia as a world-class travel destination and support the tourism partners by finding ways to increase the industry’s overall economic impact....read more
Learn more about the automotive industry in West Virginia
02/08/2022
Automotive component manufacturers from around the world have found the road to success leads to West Virginia. Businesses that supply and support the automotive industry find a ready workforce with the skills needed by today’s market....read more
West Virginia goes green with electric school buses
02/08/2022
GreenPower Motor Company chairman and CEO Fraser Atkinson discusses the electric focus taking place in West Virginia....read more
West-Virginia-resource-center
02/08/2022
Interested in living and working in the next best thing to Heaven?...read more
daily304 - Episode 2.8.2022
02/08/2022
West Virginia supports the automotive industry; GreenPower’s CEO discusses the electric focus taking place in Almost Heaven; and find employment through Jobcase.com/WV. ...read more
Trout stocking 2022 underway on West Virginia streams
02/07/2022
Trout stocking has commenced for the spring 2022 season in West Virginia, and 60 sections of stream have so far been stocked, according to the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources....read more
Real-world experience in virtual safety gives students cybersecurity skills via Department of Defense partnership
02/07/2022
At a U.S. Army base command center, a computer beeps and displays a warning: the power has gone down in one corner of the base. ...read more
RCBI adds powerful new 3D printer
02/07/2022
Since the infancy of the 3D printing revolution, the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University has been at the forefront of this emerging technology’s potential, providing entrepreneurs, small businesses and even Fortune 500 companies access ...read more
daily304 - Episode 2.7.2022
02/07/2022
Spring trout stocking begins in West Virginia; WVU partners up for a cyber security program … and RCBI’s newest 3D printer is state of the art....read more
daily304 - Episode 2.6.2022
02/06/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Your off-roading adventure awaits in southern West Virginia; international trade reps offer assistance with exporting; and a leap of faith leads to the opening of an award-winning restaurant. Read more…...read more
Your Hatfield McCoy adventure awaits!
02/06/2022
We are the Hatfield McCoy Trails’ Premier Adventure Outfitter located onsite at Twin Hollow Campground in Gilbert, WV. Offering over 40 Rental Side By Sides to accommodate even the largest groups, we also operate Guided Tours each season along with the......read more
Exporting Basics: Know Your Responsibilities
02/06/2022
It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced exporter or if the only overseas business you do is from the occasional inquiry from another country: Knowing your responsibilities as an exporter can save you from making costly mistakes. While there are......read more
Timing plays a key role for 1010 Bridge Restaurant owners
02/06/2022
Most things in life – the truly special things, anyway – depend on timing, and there probably isn’t anyone who understands this better than Aaron and Marie Clark. From their first meeting at Bennigan’s in the early 1990s to years spent working together......read more
daily304 - Episode 2.5.2022
02/05/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Find your perfect winter West Virginia State Parks adventure; the WV Tech Park serves as a convenient location for state-of-the-art businesses; and GreenPower partners up to provide training for its South Charleston facility......read more
Find Yourself With a Winter WV State Parks Adventure
02/05/2022
The best thing about taking a trip to a West Virginia state park is that you can enjoy the outdoors in a way that best suits your interests. Are you a thrill seeker who wants to race down the slopes and escape the hurry and busyness of your work-life......read more
Learn more about the WV DHHR Newborn Screening Lab
02/05/2022
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Newborn Screening Laboratory is the only one of its kind for the State of West Virginia. The lab screens all infants born in West Virginia for various syndromes and disorders through blood spot......read more
GreenPower Motor Company unveils West Virginia Workforce Development & Training partnership in advance of new factory opening
02/05/2022
GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of zero-emission, electric-powered medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, today announced a partnership with BridgeValley Community & Technical College and the Workforce Development Board......read more
daily304 - Episode 2.4.2022
02/04/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – A National Science Foundation program supports innovation in West Virginia; business is looking up on St. Albans’ Main Street; Dr. Sherri Young talks battling the pandemic in Kanawha County; and the History Project videos......read more
I-Corp, push your idea from research to reality
02/04/2022
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is well known for its funding of high impact scientific discoveries. Making up over a quarter of all federal funding for science and technology research, NSF knows how to invest in the future of the United States......read more
Main Street USA: New Life in Saint Albans
02/04/2022
Like many across America, West Virginia’s small towns have struggled in recent years. Main streets have often been filled with empty storefronts, peeling paint and only a sprinkling of shoppers. City administrators and chambers of commerce work hard to......read more
Not Throwing Away Her Shot: Dr. Sherri Young named 2022 Woman of Achievement
02/04/2022
On July 1, 2019, Sherri Young, DO, assumed her new position as health officer and executive director of West Virginia’s Kanawha-Charleston Health Department – the first woman ever to serve in the role. Within five months on the job, she would be facing......read more
"Graveyard of the Ohio" now a favorite water recreation hub
02/03/2022
To see it now, a visitor might hardly guess the Ohio River at Parkersburg was a stretch of river that many boat captains feared. Long ago known as the "Graveyard of the Ohio," it was considered one of the most dangerous sections on the 981-mile river......read more
The aerospace industry says #YesWV
02/03/2022
The aerospace industry is a dynamic, emerging economic sector in West Virginia. From up-and-coming high-tech innovators to established titans of the industry, the state’s growing cluster of aerospace companies is fueled by an array of advantages......read more
Manufacturers to create hundreds of jobs in W.Va.
02/03/2022
The new year began with an economic bang and a manufacturing boom in southern West Virginia. State officials announced in mid-January that two out-of-state companies will open manufacturing facilities in Mason and Kanawha counties, creating hundreds......read more
Marshall University’s flight school soars in first year
02/02/2022
At the midpoint of its first year of operation, Marshall University’s Bill Noe Flight School is already beefing up its fleet of instructional aircraft by adding a third Cirrus SR20 single-engine aircraft, ordering two more and buying a twin-engine......read more
Opportunity move: WV provides fiscal, business continuity, and workforce solutions for Federal agencies
02/02/2022
Our state is positioned to assist your agency in mitigating risk, reducing your expense budget and providing upskilling, workforce recruitment and training opportunities. From real estate solutions to energy savings: West Virginia delivers relief for......read more
WV SBDC Provides Valuable Resources Small Business Can Trust. Here Are 5 Reasons Why
02/02/2022
It’s a great time to be a small business owner in West Virginia. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 2.2.2022
02/02/2022
Learn how the WV SBDC can assist businesses and entrepreneurs; Marshall’s new flight school adds additiona​l aircraft; and WV’s Opportunity Move provides solutions for federal agencies​...read more
French Creek Freddie facts to get you ready for Groundhog Day
02/01/2022
You might know French Creek Freddie as West Virginia’s most popular weather-predicting groundhog, but do you know the story of how Freddie started forecasting or how he got his name? Get ready for Groundhog Day celebration at the West Virginia......read more
BusinessLink: Bridging Innovation 2022
02/01/2022
West Virginia has created an abundance of entrepreneurial resources throughout the state in the past several years. In early 2019, a group of entrepreneurial providers held a meeting to connect and identify opportunities for improvement in aiding......read more
Historian Researches Frederick Douglass In W.Va.
02/01/2022
Frederick Douglass is well known in history as a former slave and abolitionist. But what is less well known is his travels to West Virginia and the speeches he gave around the state. Community historian John Muller has been documenting Douglass’ life......read more
daily304 - Episode 2.1.2022
02/01/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Learn about French Creek Freddie and the origin of Groundhog Day; Bridging Innovation brings together entrepreneurs and ideas; a historian researches Frederick Douglass’ ties to West Virginia; and the History Project will be......read more
daily304 - Episode 1.31.2022
01/31/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – A popular sled race returns to Blackwater Falls in February; Coal River Coffee owners find community in St. Albans; and big things are happening in Coalfield Development. Read more…...read more
Don’t Miss The Harry Potter Themed Sled Race Coming To West Virginia This Winter
01/31/2022
In what has become one of the best, most fun, most creative winter events in West Virginia, the annual Cardboard and Duct Tape Sled Race is returning to Blackwater Falls State Park this February 26, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This race will be......read more
Of Coffee and Community : The Story of Coal River Coffee
01/31/2022
Driving west along the banks of the Kanawha River, you can’t help but admire the scenery. No, this wasn’t your plan for the day…getting rerouted off the interstate on your trip west to an afternoon meeting in Kentucky…but the blue skies and shimmering......read more
ARC partnering with Coalfield Development for large grant
01/31/2022
After becoming the first Appalachian Regional Commission federal co-chair from West Virginia, Gayle Manchin says it was a priority to see economic and workforce development projects in her home state. “Every time I am back in the state working from my......read more
daily304 - Episode 1.30.2022
01/30/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – A new apprenticeship program targets the youngest truck drivers; Green Bank residents talk about life in the Quiet Zone; and start your garden with free seeds from Grow This. Read more…...read more
West Virginia truckers gear up for new apprenticeship that would benefit young drivers
01/30/2022
Truckers 18-20 years old are not allowed to cross state lines in the U.S., but a new federal apprenticeship program is changing that, allowing 3,000 from that age group a chance to drive interstate. This new opportunity has West Virginia Trucking......read more
The Town with No Wi-Fi: Connecting With Others By Leaving Your Phone Behind
01/30/2022
You’ve probably thought about taking a break from social media from time to time, but can you imagine living without social media or cell phones entirely? This small town in West Virginia, USA, does just that. And though the reason is out of this world......read more
Grow This wants to send you seeds for the 2022 gardening season
01/30/2022
At the height of COVID uncertainty and isolation, everyone was looking for something to keep themselves or loved ones entertained. Very few activities in West Virginia saw as huge a resurgence of interest as gardening and Grow This: West Virginia......read more
daily304 - Episode 1.29.2022
01/29/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Huntington’s The Wild Ramp expands to online sales; Italian sausage makers bring their Old World recipe to West Virginia shelves; and business grants provide a boost to women and minorities in Charleston. Read more…...read more
Wild Ramp to launch online market
01/29/2022
The Wild Ramp is developing an online market and plans to launch it this spring. The indoor farmers market located in Old Central City in West Huntington was awarded a $464,136 capacity building grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as......read more
From the Old World to West Virginia: Angelo’s Old World Sausage
01/29/2022
“So, tell me about your product,” said the man sitting behind the desk in the tiny office. “Why should we stock your sausage?” Sonny looked to his left, the soft white of the fluorescent lights overhead glinting off his glasses. He knew his son would......read more
Charleston Area Alliance awards grants through pilot program
01/29/2022
The Charleston Area Alliance has announced the recipients of small business grants through a pilot program targeted to existing women and minority-owned small businesses located within the City of Charleston. Grant recipients received mini-grants......read more
daily304 - Episode 1.28.2022
01/28/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Students are hopping with excitement over WVU’s unofficial therapy bunny; Solar Holler offers group discounts in north-central counties; and Ascend WV names its experience coordinator for Lewisburg. Read more…...read more
Meet Barley, WVU’s unofficial therapy rabbit
01/28/2022
West Virginia University’s newest celebrity weighs just 11 pounds and 23 inches from nose to tail. Barley, a Flemish Giant rabbit, has been bringing joy to students on his walks around campus with his father, Alex Smith. Smith, a senior double major in......read more
West Virginia solar provider offers collaborative incentives to NCWV
01/28/2022
Solar power has been touted as the future of energy, but it’s the long-term savings that attracts many homeowners to build their own personal grids. Solar Holler is a West Virginia-based company that sells and installs solar power arrays atop......read more
WVU’s Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative appoints King as Ascend Lewisburg experience coordinator
01/28/2022
West Virginia University’s Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative has appointed Ryan King as the experience coordinator for Ascend Lewisburg. A Lewisburg native with family roots in Greenbrier County for more than 200 years......read more
daily304 - Episode 1.27.2022
01/27/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – A Brazilian scientist works with WVU robotics to improve mine safety; Fairmont’s High Tech Foundation looks to expand the commercial climate industry; and wildlife experts offer advice on bear encounters. Read more…...read more
Why a Brazilian robotics expert moved to West Virginia to work on robots
01/27/2022
When Guilherme A.S. Pereira arrived at West Virginia University from his native Brazil in 2018, he was focused on a single, long-term mission: moving prototype robotic concepts from his newly created Field and Aerial Robotics Laboratory into the real......read more
West Virginia High Tech Foundation looks to further expand I-79 Tech Park, commercial climate and weather industry
01/27/2022
With the dawn of a new year, the High Technology Foundation in Fairmont has set its sights on expanding the region’s commercial climate and weather industry, in addition to further building out Phase III of the I-79 High Technology Park......read more
What if I meet a wild black bear in the woods in West Virginia?
01/27/2022
You might have heard that black bears are increasing in population in West Virginia. What should you do if you see one when you're hiking in the woods? Do you need to be concerned? The bear population has been increasing here, it's true, but I've hiked......read more
Mountaineer Opry reopens in West Virginia
01/26/2022
The Mountaineer Opry has relocated and reopened for business. After 45 years in Milton, WV, the show is now a few miles down the road in Barboursville, at the Cabell County 4-H Camp Conference Center. Larry Stephens and his wife, Mary, are promoters......read more
Historic Tax Credits are an Opportunity to Make Old Buildings New Again
01/26/2022
Many of West Virginia’s towns and cities of all sizes are in the midst of a renaissance. Community development efforts abound in many parts of the Mountain State, and historic downtown areas and neighborhoods are at the center of this economic......read more
Go tele it on the mountain: Ski adventures in WV’s backcountry
01/26/2022
In March 2021, we went cross-country skiing. But this wasn’t your typical kick-and-glide XC outing in spandex on an impeccably groomed trail. This was backcountry West Virginia telemark skiing at its finest. Over a span of eight hours, we climbed up......read more
Broadband will help boost paddling safety, economy in W.Va.
01/25/2022
The expansion of broadband and cellular access in West Virginia will notably improve safety and economics along its water trails, say officials with the state flatwater trail commission....read more
W.Va. Native Works With Legends At Kennedy Center
01/25/2022
On a busy holiday afternoon at the Capitol Market, Kanawha County native Kevin Struthers was trying not to sound too excited about his job, but sometimes it’s near impossible for him not to gush....read more
Benefits of living and working in West Virginia
01/25/2022
West Virginia, also known as the Mountain State, is a wonderful place to call home! ...read more
daily304 - Episode 1.25.2022
01/25/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Broadband expansion will boost safety for paddlers, flatwater officials say; a Kanawha County native traces his career path from marching band to director of the nation’s premier music center; and find your Almost Heaven job in......read more
WVU engineers seek to re-use waste plastics to make valuable petrochemicals
01/24/2022
Despite efforts to promote recycling and reuse of plastic materials, the plastic problem continues to be a global problem. West Virginia University engineers hope to debottleneck the remaining challenges for recycling of single-use plastic packaging by......read more
Find a career in public safety
01/24/2022
What is better than an amazing community?Having a rewarding career to support it!...read more
Exporting Basics: Know Your Responsibilities
01/24/2022
It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced exporter or if the only overseas business you do is from the occasional inquiry from another country: Knowing your responsibilities as an exporter can save you from making costly mistakes....read more
WV Culture and History website gets new website
01/23/2022
As we wrap up the holidays and move into January, the Department of Arts, Culture and History continues to offer a place for the people of the mountain state and visitors alike to learn about the vast history of our great state and to appreciate the......read more
Long to Live in a Small Town? Look to the Advantage Valley
01/23/2022
Investments in education, entrepreneurship, the arts and other job-creating centers, coupled with a low cost of living, are transforming Advantage Valley’s small towns into bustling, vibrant communities....read more
Governor’s Service Awards nominations open
01/23/2022
Volunteer West Virginia is now accepting nominations​ for the 2022 Governor’s Service Awards. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 1.23.2022
01/23/2022
WV Arts, Culture and History has a brand-new, user friendly website; learn about the “advantages” to small-town living; and nominations are open for the 2022 Governor’s Service Awards...read more
Fayette Trail Coalition, partners unveil trail plan
01/22/2022
The Fayette Trail Coalition and its partners are forging new paths as southern West Virginia continues to venture into uncharted territory....read more
Renovated main library branch to reopen May 10 in downtown Charleston
01/22/2022
At long last, an official date has been set for the reopening of the downtown Charleston location of the Kanawha County Public Library....read more
GreenPower Motor Plans South Charleston, West Virginia, Electric School Bus Assembly Complex
01/22/2022
Canada-based electric bus manufacturer GreenPower Motor Company Inc. will lease/purchase a 9.5-acre manufacturing facility in South Charleston, West Virginia. The project is expected to create up to 200 jobs by the end of the year....read more
daily304 - Episode 1.22.2022
01/22/2022
​New connector trails in the New River Gorge will benefit gateway communities; the Kanawha County Library prepares to reopen its newly renovated downtown Charleston building; and hundreds of green jobs are coming to the Kanawha Valley.​...read more
‘Tied Up in Knotts’ to examine West Virginia native who kept us in stitches
01/21/2022
The daughter of one of America’s most popular comedic actors will offer behind-the-scene stories in a show in March in Parkersburg....read more
The Wonders of Winter at Oglebay
01/21/2022
If you’ve never been to Oglebay Resort, ‘tis the season....read more
Exploring West Virginia’s coziest restaurants
01/21/2022
Winter dining is all about embracing comfort food—particularly in welcoming establishments with a warm, cozy ambience...read more
daily304 - Episode 1.21.2022
01/21/2022
West Virginia native Don Knotts – beloved Deputy Barney Fife – is remembered in two upcoming shows about his life; Discover Oglebay Resort’s newly renovated accommodations; and check out some Almost Heaven dining recommendations from Bon Appetit. ...read more
W.Va. Mom Creates Environmental Stewardship Program For Youth
01/20/2022
As the pandemic hit and more people ventured outdoors, one West Virginia family saw how the additional visitors affected state public land....read more
Hoyer believes the economic future is bright in West Virginia
01/20/2022
When West Virginians think about pandemic response one of the top names that comes to mind is Jim Hoyer....read more
From skiing to sledding, plan your snowy adventure at West Virginia state parks
01/20/2022
Experience the magic of winter at West Virginia state parks and forests....read more
daily304 - Episode 1.20.2022
01/20/2022
A West Virginia mom creates an environmental stewardship program for kids; the state’s economic future looks bright, Jim Hoyer says; and plan your skiing and sledding adventure at West Virginia state parks....read more
Nucor official says West Virginia welcome ‘overwhelming’
01/19/2022
John Farris, the vice president and general manager at Nucor Steel West Virginia, said he got a good early feeling about Mason County when the company first started to look at the location for the steelmaker’s new plant a few months ago....read more
Small business incubator wants to help Fairmont entrepreneurs grow amid pandemic
01/19/2022
Small businesses are in for a much-needed boost....read more
Charleston Restaurant Week returns this month
01/19/2022
Charleston’s wildly popular Restaurant Week will take place later this month, with 12 participating restaurants seating diners for a three-course meal at a pre-announced, set price from Monday, Jan. 24 through Saturday, Jan. 29, organizers confirmed Thurs...read more
daily304 - Episode 1.19.2021
01/19/2022
The new steel manufacturing company is already feeling right at home in Mason County; a small business incubator is giving a boost to Fairmont entrepreneurs … and Charleston Restaurant Week returns this month. ...read more
Clay Center welcomes new season of Sound Checks
01/18/2022
The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston has announced its spring Sound Checks concert series....read more
‘The History Project’ spotlights interesting people, places and events in Almost Heaven
01/18/2022
The History Project is a series of dynamic videos created by the West Virginia Department of Commerce highlighting people, places, and events throughout West Virginia’s history....read more
Train your workforce at the WVTCC Simulated Mine Lab
01/18/2022
Give your team a unique hands-on training experience at the West Virginia Training and Conference Center’s (WVTCC) Simulated Mine Lab. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 1.18.2021
01/18/2022
Sounds Checks spring concert series returns; watch West Virginia History Project videos online; and learn about the simulated mine lab’s training facilities....read more
Learn more about the defense industry in West Virginia
01/17/2022
West Virginia is ready and eager to welcome defense companies and federal agencies seeking a loyal workforce, opportune location and rewarding lifestyle for employees....read more
Vertx Partners: National security and intelligence in West Virginia
01/17/2022
Retired Air Force Col. Sean Frisbee was on a mission to help the U.S. Air Force and the economic state of West Virginia. ​...read more
WV Americorps service opportunities available
01/17/2022
The Preserve WV AmeriCorps program is currently accepting applications for AmeriCorps members to begin service in January - March 2022. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 1.17.2022
01/17/2022
Find out why West Virginia is the ideal location for the defense industry; Vertx Partners brings national security jobs to the Mountain State; and WV AmeriCorps seeks workers....read more
Fiesta Tableware announces pinky hue for 2022
01/16/2022
The Fiesta Tableware Co. has announced that Peony is its new color for 2022. ...read more
19 wild and wonderful West Virginia adventures
01/16/2022
One word to describe West Virginia’s terrain? Untamed. ...read more
Dyes can be found in variety in the West Virginia woodlands
01/16/2022
Before commercial dyes became readily available to mountain people in West Virginia, homespun yarn was colored with natural materials that could easily be obtained in the woods near any hill farm....read more
daily304 - Episode 1.16.2022
01/16/2022
Fiesta Tableware rolls out a new shade of pink; the Lonely Planet recommends 19 wild and wonderful adventures; and WV Explorer examines nature’s dyes....read more
West Virginia place names you might be saying wrong
01/15/2022
Philippi, Canaan Valley and even Appalachia might not seem that difficult to pronounce for most West Virginians, but for an outsider, these words can be very confusing....read more
West Virginia winter wildlife viewing checklist
01/15/2022
While many of the Mountain State’s animals are cozied up in dens, nests and burrows until spring, the winter season is a great time to look for wildlife in West Virginia. ...read more
Geologic mystery in Monroe County visible only from the air
01/15/2022
Unknown to many residents of the Greenbrier Valley in southern West Virginia, a six-mile crack in the surface of the earth has been hiding beneath their feet....read more
daily304 - Episode 1.15.2022
01/15/2022
Learn how to pronounce some of those unusual place names in West Virginia; winter is peak time for certain species of wildlife life viewing; and a geologic wonder in Monroe County hides in plain sight....read more
daily304 - Episode 1.14.2022
01/14/2022
West Virginia gets good news on the job front, with major investments in green energy, manufacturing, and healthcare coming soon to the Mountain State....read more
GreenPower Announces Plan to Manufacture Zero-Emission, All Electric School Buses in West Virginia
01/14/2022
GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of zero-emission, electric-powered medium and heavy-duty vehicles, today joined Governor Jim Justice in announcing that it has entered into a lease/purchase agreement for......read more
Steelmaker Nucor to build $2.7 billion plant in West Virginia
01/14/2022
A North Carolina steelmaker will build a $2.7 billion mill in West Virginia, creating an estimated 800 manufacturing jobs, Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday....read more
Expanded partnership between WVU Medicine, Owens & Minor expected to bring jobs to Morgantown
01/14/2022
Owens & Minor, Inc.., a global healthcare solutions company, has expanded its partnership with WVU Medicine, which will create more than 100 jobs....read more
West Virginia Governor’s Office announces major economic developments
01/13/2022
Gov. Jim Justice has called upon the Legislature to consider and act upon several key items relating generally to economic development....read more
Top 5 Rail Trails in New River Gorge National Park
01/13/2022
Rail trails are former railroad corridors that have been converted for hiking & biking. These types of trails often have three tremendous advantages over regular hiking trails....read more
West Virginia tourism projected to take off this summer with new sport: Kayaking
01/13/2022
The West Virginia flatwater trail commission will now move forward connecting resources for the state’s 14 water trails, including 88 miles of waterway being developed for paddling, kayaking, and fishing....read more
daily304 - Episode 1.13.2022
01/13/2022
State of the State delivers good news for West Virginia; New River Gorge rail trails showcase the region’s history and natural beauty; and West Virginia’s water trail system continues to expand...read more
Packing company settles in former Coca-Cola bottling plant
01/12/2022
When Josh Pearson attended Fairmont State University, he drove by the vacant Coca-Cola bottling plant nearly every day....read more
West Virginia’s New River Gorge is named one of Frommer's Best Places to Go in the U.S. in 2022
01/12/2022
With Covid-19 still a major concern, the Frommer's staff struggled with whether to publish our annual Best Places article for 2022. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 1.12.2022
01/12/2022
Gov. Justice’s State of the State Address will be delivered in written form tonight… a packaging distributor moves into Fairmont … and the New River Gorge makes Frommer’s “Best Places to Go” list. ​​...read more
West Virginia BusinessLink and 3 Steps to Startup Team up for West Virginia Business Success
01/11/2022
The business growth that West Virginia has experienced just in the past three years has been spectacular....read more
Revenue growth in West Virginia continues to set records
01/11/2022
West Virginia's general revenue collections for December 2021 came in at $506.8 million—a "staggering" $124.4 million above estimates and 32.6 percent ahead of prior year receipts, according to the office of Gov. Jim Justice....read more
Find your new career in West Virginia
01/11/2022
Interested in living and working in the next best thing to Heaven?...read more
daily304 - Episode 1.11.2022
01/11/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – WV BusinessLink and 3 Steps to Startup assist aspiring entrepreneurs; general revenue growth in West Virginia continues to set records; and find your dream job in Almost Heaven. Read more......read more
Aspiring Entrepreneur? Find Your Advantage Here
01/10/2022
Nuri Mitchell is an entrepreneurial success story, thanks to his own initiative and help from Unlimited Future, one of the partners in the FASTER WV Initiative, an entrepreneurship program in West Virginia’s Advantage Valley....read more
EDM technology delivers extreme precision
01/10/2022
Electricity and water never mix, right?...read more
Metals are an essential component in West Virginia’s manufacturing industry
01/10/2022
From the steel Bessemer converters in the 1880s to 3-D printers today, metals have long been an essential component in West Virginia’s flourishing manufacturing industry....read more
daily304 - Episode 1.10.2022
01/10/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – West Virginia’s Advantage Valley is the ideal base for aspiring entrepreneurs; RCBI’s EDM technology delivers extreme precision; and lean why the metal industry is thriving in Almost Heaven. Read more…...read more
Opinion: Early investments and mentoring by Country Roads Angel Network nurtures West Virginia’s entrepreneurial spirit
01/09/2022
The economic landscape in West Virginia is vastly improving for the 1.8 million residents who currently occupy these mountains....read more
West Virginia ranked no. 4 among states that people moved to in 2021
01/09/2022
Americans moving to new states in 2021 opted in large numbers for uncrowded destinations, according to a study by United Van Lines....read more
daily304 - Episode 1.9.2022
01/09/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Major investments cover two large projects in Morgantown; the Country Roads Angel Network is one of several organizations boosting business in the New River Gorge … and a National Movers Study ranks West Virginia as the No. 4......read more
daily304 - Episode 1.8.2021
01/08/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Wheeling’s downtown is getting a major facelift; find manufacturing jobs posted at RCBI … and historic photos of WVU’s stadium are made public. Read more…...read more
Roxby Development behind major revitalization effort in Wheeling
01/08/2022
The Friendly City has become a hotbed for redevelopment with its treasure trove of historic structures — and in 2021, Roxby Development raised eyebrows and turned heads with an array of major projects and substantial investments into the city. While......read more
West Virginia is hiring!
01/08/2022
Manufacturing, welding, construction – these are just some of the wide variety of industries that are hiring in Almost Heaven, West Virginia. Find more job postings at Robert C. Byrd Institute......read more
Field of yesterday’s dreams
01/08/2022
For 55 years, and for much of that time, these images from a local photographer’s collection have been largely unseen by the Mountaineer faithful. Local photographer Scott Gibson captured the construction of the stadium in 1924, along with football......read more
daily304 - Episode 1.7.2022
01/07/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – From reliable broadband to convenient transportation, the Advantage Valley is ideal for remote workers; a Charleston native’s modeling career lands her on an LA runway; and explore quaint mountain towns and wintry adventures in......read more
Love Mountains and Nature? Work Remotely From Here
01/07/2022
But this spot offers so much more than stunning scenery. Find out why the Advantage Valley of West Virginia may be the perfect spot for your next career step. Some are entrepreneurs turning an idea into an enterprise. Others are either launching their......read more
Charleston native's modeling career taking off after landing Gucci runway
01/07/2022
Long before Aubrey Hill strolled Hollywood Boulevard in Gucci’s star-studded 100th anniversary Love Parade fashion show, her modeling career had her rubbing shoulders with famous people......read more
5 Weekend Getaways to Take in 2022
01/07/2022
The colder months in Almost Heaven are some of the best times to explore quaint mountain towns and their charming adventures with a weekend getaway. A plethora of carefully curated shops, activities and good eats are dotted throughout the state, ideal......read more
daily304 - Episode 1.6.2022
01/06/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Ascend West Virginia is off to a good start in Morgantown, as Lewisburg preps to become the second host city … the Mountain State sets records in hunting and fishing … and building products companies are finding good business in......read more
Not remotely done: Ascend West Virginia program off to strong start in attract remote workers to Mountain State
01/06/2022
With more than 100 new residents already headed to West Virginia, it can be said that the Ascend West Virginia program may have already surpassed other efforts to attract new West Virginians. But state officials and business leaders behind the effort......read more
A look back at some of the top Outdoors stories for 2021
01/06/2022
Although Covid caused a lot of problems and created major setbacks in a lot of areas, the pandemic actually has had the opposite effect on outdoors pursuits. Here in West Virginia and even nationally, the wildlife resources agencies report an increase......read more
West Virginia supports the building products industry
01/06/2022
West Virginia’s building products industry boasts the highly skilled workforce, ample building materials and dedicated support services the construction industry needs to construct a solid foundation for success. With 11.9 million forested acres, West......read more
daily304 - Episode 1.5.2022
01/05/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – More than 300 youths benefit from robot and drone kit donations; a Wheeling coffee company keeps downtown smelling toasty; and Watoga is named a Dark Sky park. Read more…...read more
RCBI donates drones, robots to promote STEM education
01/05/2022
The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) has awarded robot and drone kits to student groups across West Virginia and southeastern Ohio to increase the number of youths – particularly girls – engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)......read more
Follow Your Nose: Making Roasty, Toasty Magic at Wheeling Coffee & Spice
01/05/2022
On what might be an ordinary, wintry Monday anywhere else in downtown Wheeling, Larry Sprowls is firing up a fan deep inside a building adjacent to Heritage Point. Leather belts whir overhead and, given the motor’s 10,000 revolutions per minute, it......read more
Watoga becomes West Virginia’s first Dark Sky Park
01/05/2022
Watoga State Park has become the first site in West Virginia to be designated a Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association, providing new opportunities for astronomy tourism and programming and nocturnal wildlife observation......read more
daily304 - Episode 1.4.2022
01/04/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Nostalgia makes “Take Me Home, Country Roads” relatable to all; learn how WV BusinessLink can help budding entrepreneurs; and actress Jennifer Garner shares what life was like growing up in Charleston. Read more…...read more
The universal nostalgia for ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’
01/04/2022
The first line of John Denver's song “Take Me Home, Country Roads” calls West Virginia “Almost Heaven,” and when you're up in the mountains, that description can feel pretty accurate. But these winding country roads were immortalized by someone who had......read more
Welcome to the West Virginia BusinessLink!
01/04/2022
We are a one-stop, online resource available to the state’s entrepreneurs and business owners, including existing businesses, start-ups, and aspiring businesses. It connects entrepreneurs and business owners to all available sources of business......read more
Jennifer Garner talks about growing up in West Virginia
01/04/2022
Actress Jennifer Garner has been featured in shows and movies such as “13 Going on 30,” “Miracles From Heaven,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Love, Simon.” But did you know that the famous actress actually grew up in West Virginia? One of the best West......read more
daily304 - Episode 1.3.2022
01/03/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Nate’s Nets was born out of a man’s lifelong love for fishing; West Virginia’s diverse economy attracts a wide array of industries; and check out these recommended hikes in the New River Gorge. Read more…...read more
Fine craftsmanship is hallmark of family net business
01/03/2022
Nate’s Nets was born from a passion for fishing, a commitment to conservation and a dedication to quality products. Nate Arndt of Inwood in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle has been fishing for as long as he can remember. He and his brother were......read more
West Virginia’s Industry & Business Growth
01/03/2022
West Virginia’s diverse economy has moved beyond our history of resource extraction to include a robust array of products and services. Learn about the key industries that have taken a foothold here and learn why leading companies make their home in......read more
Trail guide picks his top three hikes in the New River Gorge
01/03/2022
Trail guide Levi Moore has been hiking the New River Gorge for decades. Now that it's become part of America's newest national park, the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, he's being asked more often for advice on trekking its seemingly......read more
Soccer Events Score Tourism Revenue for Advantage Valley
01/02/2022
Thanks to recent college championships, people are more aware of region's stellar fields, which are attracting tournaments. Advantage Valley has been getting an extra kick from sports tourism in recent years. That’s because soccer has become a......read more
Park designation delivers on promised increase in visitors at New River Gorge
01/02/2022
The National Park and Preserve designation of West Virginia’s New River Gorge turned one year old Tuesday. The designation was made in the 2020 federal omnibus spending legislation last December. A year later and the promise of improved visitation has......read more
Morgantown, West Virginia, based ExesaLibero-Pharma developing next-generation arthritis relief drug
01/02/2022
After decades of work in the microbiology field, Dr. John Barnett is hoping to continue his life’s work with a new drug that aims to slow down bone erosion for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Barnett, the chair of microbiology, immunology and cell......read more
daily304 - Episode 1.2.2022
01/02/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – Soccer is just one of the many reasons people are choosing the Advantage Valley; the New River Gorge celebrates its first anniversary as a national park; and a WVU physician works at combating rheumatoid arthritis. Read more…...read more
Nikki Bowman Mills On Shaping West Virginia's Narrative
01/01/2022
Nikki Bowman Mills has a penchant for the finer things in life. She has blown-out hair, a polished suit and zebra striped pumps. Her Granville office feels the same way, well kept but not ordinary. “When people walk in this office. The first thing they......read more
Meet the WV Great Barrel Company
01/01/2022
The WV Great Barrel Company is a new state-of-the-art cooperage making whiskey barrels in White Sulphur Springs, WV. The dream of our cooperage began as a drive to do better: to change the course of life for our small town and other communities in......read more
Oglebay Park’s Wilson Lodge Will Undergo Major Renovation Project
01/01/2022
Parts of Oglebay’s Wilson Lodge are about to undergo a significant facelift starting in January. The park announced Monday that next month the lodge will transform and incorporate the Kline Wing into an extension of the West Wing. That will include a......read more
daily304 - Episode 1.1.2022
01/01/2022
On today’s Daily 304 – From rustic living to high-tech industry, WV Living presents all the Mountain State has to offer; learn about the craftmanship behind WV Great Barrel Company; and renovations begin this month on Oglebay Resort’s lodge. Read more…...read more

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West Virginia welcomes the aerospace industry
12/31/2021
The aerospace industry is a dynamic, emerging economic sector in West Virginia. From up-and-coming high-tech innovators to established titans of the industry, the state’s growing cluster of aerospace companies is fueled by an array of advantages......read more
Redefined: Real stories from West Virginia
12/31/2021
For too long, who and what it means to be a West Virginian has been defined for us. It’s time to redefine the Mountain State in our own words and in the eyes of the world. Our state is full of leaders bringing hope and opportunity. These are the......read more
WVU astronomers, Green Bank Telescope take part in newest test of Einstein's theory
12/31/2021
A pair of West Virginia University professors and Pocahontas County’s Green Bank Telescope played key roles in a 16-year research project that tested and confirmed Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity with unprecedented precision. WVU......read more
daily304 - Episode 12.31.2021
12/31/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Find out why West Virginia is an ideal base for the aerospace industry; these communities are making a difference in Almost Heaven; and learn how West Virginia played a key part in a research project on Einstein’s theory of......read more
West Virginia welcomes the chemical/polymer industry
12/30/2021
Chemical and polymer companies have thrived in West Virginia for generations. While many advantages that attracted multinational companies are still present, structural shifts have made West Virginia even more competitive as a global chemical and......read more
Step into the New Year at West Virginia State Parks and Forests
12/30/2021
Start the New Year on the right foot with a First Day Hike at a West Virginia state park. First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. These free guided hikes are designed to......read more
Career skills programs
12/30/2021
Looking for a high wage career that’s in demand? Perhaps you want to earn nationally recognized certifications? Enroll in one of our training programs and learn the skills necessary to achieve nationally recognized certifications and earn college......read more
daily304 - Episode 12.30.2021
12/30/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – West Virginia’s chemical and polymer industry is booming; celebrate the new year with a First Day Hike at West Virginia state parks; and train to be a machinist or welder to get into a high-demand, high-paying career. Read more…...read more
daily304 - Episode 12.29.2021
12/29/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Defense companies find West Virginia is the ideal location; N3 Accenture in Charleston is hiring; and DHHR offers tips for staying safe from COVID-19. Read more…...read more
daily304 - Episode 12.23.2021
12/23/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – An Elkins doughnut shop wants you to know, “Come In, We’re Open!”; Mister Bee Potato Chips is expanding and adding positions; and West Virginia is ranked one of the Top 5 best states to retire in. Read more…...read more
Pinnacle Wind Farm Repowering, West Virginia's First, Adds Nearly 16% More Generation & Boosts Local Economy
12/22/2021
Clearway Energy Group LLC announced today the completion of all repowering at its Pinnacle Wind Farm in Mineral County, West Virginia. ...read more
Unique Program Draws Young Talent to West Virginia
12/22/2021
In spring 2019, Sam Muller was preparing to graduate from Wellesley College in the Boston area when an alumna posted about a fellowship program in West Virginia on the class Facebook page....read more
Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Deploys EV ARC™ Solar-Powered EV Charging System
12/22/2021
Beam Global, the leading provider of innovative sustainable technology for electric vehicle charging, outdoor media and energy security, announced that Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport deployed the airport’s first EV ARC™ solar-powered EV charging.....read more
daily304 - Episode 12.22.2021
12/22/2021
Repowering is completed at a Mineral County wind farm; a Wellesley College grad finds fellowship – and permanent residency – in the Mountain State; and a West Virginia airport unveils its new EV solar powered charging system. ...read more
Business planning
12/21/2021
When starting a business, it is important to complete a solid business plan to guide you throughout the first year and beyond, as your business grows....read more
Food Innovation Center opens at Mylan Park
12/21/2021
The Community Food Innovation Center at Mylan Park has opened, providing the public and businesses with access to a full kitchen facility....read more
Federal grant awarded to help coal communities redevelop
12/21/2021
The first phase of a federal grant has been awarded to 60 groups, one of which,includes both Charleston and Huntington....read more
daily304 - Episode 12.21.2021
12/21/2021
The WV Small Business Development Center offers coaching and assistance to those just starting out; Morgantown’s new community food kitchen is designed to help budding entrepreneurs … and a federal grant helps develop coal communities....read more
Advantage Valley Innovators Advancing the Way We Live
12/20/2021
Advantage Valley innovators don’t just produce many of the products that make modern life possible, from fuel-efficient automotive engines and lightweight vehicle components to plastics and chemicals....read more
Vantage spotlight on Auggie Chico of Parthian Battery Solutions
12/20/2021
We are extremely fortunate at Vantage Ventures to have a growing community of entrepreneurs building impactful companies with West Virginia roots....read more
Fiesta Tableware - Colorful Dinnerware & American Icon
12/20/2021
America's favorite china may have a name that sounds like it's from South of the Border, but its origin is at the very top of West Virginia's Northern Panhandle....read more
daily304 - Episode 12.20.2021
12/20/2021
The Advantage Valley’s research organizations and higher ed connections help advance innovation; learn how a Morgantown company is making an impact with renewable energy; and learn how American icon Fiesta Tableware came to be....read more
Rail tales on the Potomac
12/19/2021
“Two eagles sitting in a tree!”...read more
Winterplace Ski Resort is all about family fun for all ages
12/19/2021
SkiWee & Snow Explorers Program is a really big, fun time for the youngest skiers and riders in the family, ages 6 through 12....read more
Tale of ‘Frosty the Snowman’ rooted in West Virginia
12/19/2021
Few people may know that the tale of “Frosty the Snowman” came to life in West Virginia. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 12.19.2021
12/19/2021
See how many bald eagles you can spot on this scenic train ride; Winterplace program teaches little ones to ski and snowboard; and Frosty the Snowman has his roots in West Virginia....read more
New to Advantage Valley? Here are 10 Activities To Do in Your First Year
12/18/2021
You’ve unpacked your boxes in your new home in the Advantage Valley. You’ve met the neighbors and have found your new routine. Now you’re ready to relax and start looking for fun things to do in West Virginia. ...read more
Five ways you can help protect wild woodland box turtles
12/18/2021
When was the last time you saw a box turtle in the wild?...read more
In a town dominated by secrets, the untold story behind the National Radio Quiet Zone
12/18/2021
Driving through the twists and turns of the National Radio Quiet Zone, there are plenty of signs for what the U.S. government wants you to see....read more
daily304 - Episode 12.18.2021
12/18/2021
New to the Advantage Valley and looking for something to do? There’s plenty of fun to be had in Almost Heaven; find out how you can help protect the state’s box turtle population; and learn about Sugar Grove’s connection to the Cold War...read more
Let There Be Light
12/17/2021
Driving through elaborate holiday light displays is a tradition that never gets old. Here are a few of our favorites from every corner of the state from Mason to Mercer counties. ...read more
Uncover this peaceful palace in an unexpected place
12/17/2021
Tucked into the mountains of Marshall County in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle is something you’d least expect to see: an Indian palace, glittering gold against a backdrop of forested hills and farmlands....read more
Readers voted these 10 cross-country ski resorts the best in North America
12/17/2021
To experience a more peaceful side of winter, many turn to cross-country skiing. While Nordic trails are often offered at traditional ski resorts, some of the best cross-country skiing is found at dedicated resorts. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 12.17.2021
12/17/2021
‘Tis the season for holiday light displays, and these are some of the best in the state; discover a Palace of Gold, right in West Virginia; and White Grass is a USA Today Top 10 cross-country ski resort....read more
Collaborative Kitchen opening in West Virginia to encourage food entrepreneurship
12/16/2021
Lemongrass Kitchen, the region’s first collaborative kitchen for food entrepreneurs and small businesses, opens December 15th in The Offices at Orchard Park in Crab Orchard....read more
Using Business Loans to Your Advantage
12/16/2021
The idea of applying for a loan can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be....read more
West Virginia Music Hall of Famer John Ellison reflects on his ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ Life
12/16/2021
If you saw John Ellison on stage for “Live on the Levee” in August, you would never believe that he’s 80 years old!...read more
daily304 - Episode 12.16.2021
12/16/2021
Raleigh County’s first collaborative kitchen encourages food entrepreneurship; applying for a business loan can be daunting, but these steps will help; and West Virginia native John Ellison reflects on his “some kind of wonderful life.”...read more
Best West Virginia state parks for a winter retreat
12/15/2021
Mountains blanketed in white. Crackling fireplaces and hot cocoa. Snowball fights. Sound good? ...read more
Bill Noe Flight School receives drones and equipment from West Virginia-based Metatron Unmanned Solutions
12/15/2021
Marshall University has announced the receipt of five commercial-grade drones provided courtesy of West Virginia-based Metatron Unmanned Solutions for use as part of the growing curriculum in Marshall’s Bill Noe Flight School......read more
3 Reasons to Move to Advantage Valley Right Now
12/15/2021
The secret’s out about Advantage Valley, a metro area of 633,000 residents in West Virginia that includes Charleston and Huntington....read more
daily304 - Episode 12.15.2021
12/15/2021
Love winter activities? Check out these West Virginia state parks; Marshall’s aviation school announces drone donation; and what are the top three reasons to live and work in the Advantage Valley....read more
WVU’s partnership with Youth Cycling Coalition brings first Bike Tech in School program to Monongalia County
12/14/2021
By linking outdoor recreation, youth development and education, the West Virginia University Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative and its partners Rad Power Bikes, Project Bike Tech and the Youth Cycling Coalition will spark......read more
Consultant Brings Business Home To WVa
12/14/2021
As part of our “Returning Home” radio series, Eric Douglas spoke with Crystal Mersh about her return to Calhoun County....read more
Hunting & fishing license giveaway
12/14/2021
Purchase your annual 2022 hunting, fishing or trapping license in December and you could win big!...read more
daily304 - Episode 12.14.2021
12/14/2021
A WVU cycling partnership results in a new STEM class; an Atlanta consultant is bringing business home to West Virginia; and the WVDNR offers prizes for those who purchase a 2022 hunting, fishing or trapping license...read more
West Virginia is the birthplace of petrochemicals
12/13/2021
Did you know that a small plant in Clendenin, West Virginia is where the petrochemical industry began? ...read more
From potato chips to batteries
12/13/2021
Mary Anne Ketelsen is well-known across the state as president of West Virginia Potato Chip Company in Parkersburg....read more
Appalachian Beekeeping Collective wins prestigious award
12/13/2021
The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective (ABC), a project of the non-profit Appalachian Headwaters, recently won top prize in the food category of Garden & Gun magazine’s “Made in the South” contest....read more
daily304 - Episode 12.13.2021
12/13/2021
Clendenin’s petrochemical industry is recognized as a National Historic Chemical Landmark; more tech jobs are coming to the Morgantown area; and Appalachian Beekeeping Collective wins a prestigious award. ...read more
Gift inspiration for the outdoor lovers in your life
12/12/2021
As you prepare your holiday shopping list, consider these suggestions from West Virginia State Parks and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources....read more
Boutique Lodging at 4,800 Feet
12/12/2021
A family-owned resort hotel at Snowshoe, The Corduroy Inn and Lodge perfectly blends vintage charm with modern luxury. ...read more
The Huntington Area Holiday Gift Guide
12/12/2021
Choose from locally owned artisans and retailers on a wide array of gift ideas, including clothing, jewelry, dining, reading material, live music, and more....read more
daily304 - Episode 12.12.2021
12/12/2021
WV State Parks offers gift suggestions for outdoor lovers … check out the new boutique hotel at Snowshoe … and shop local with the Huntington Area Holiday Gift Guide. ...read more
Yeager Airport officials eyeing new terminal with infrastructure money
12/11/2021
Officials with Yeager Airport are thinking big when it comes to changes at the airport with funding available from the historic infrastructure package signed into law in November....read more
The 22 Best Places to Go in 2022
12/11/2021
This was the year of getting back out there—as vaccines became readily available in the spring and borders opened slowly throughout the summer and fall, our travel calendars began to fill up once again. ...read more
Mountain State Upcoming Live Shows
12/11/2021
Be a part of the live audience as Mountain Stage records a fresh episode for NPR Music! ...read more
daily304 - Episode 12.11.2021
12/11/2021
A new terminal and control tower are two improvements Yeager Airport is contemplating, thanks to infrastructure dollars; West Virginia is named one of the 22 places to visit on an international list compiled by Conde Nast; and treat your loved ones to a M...read more
We Can Turn Your Waste into a Renewable Fuel
12/10/2021
Our West Virginia facility is the nation’s first resource recovery facility in the United States to utilize Entsorga Italia’s patented HEBioT™ process. ...read more
2021 Eastern Collegiate Mine Rescue Contest showcases student mining skills at the West Virginia Training and Conference Center
12/10/2021
In early November, the West Virginia Training and Conference Center (WVTCC) hosted the SME – Eastern Collegiate Mine Rescue National Competition for the first time...read more
Oktana is happy to be home in West Virginia
12/10/2021
Primarily located in Latin America, Oktana was drawn to West Virginia because of its sense of home. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 12.10.2021
12/10/2021
Find out how a Martinsburg facility is turning waste into renewable fuel; university teams compete in a mine rescue competition; and a Latin American software company chooses West Virginia as its second home. ...read more
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Schedules W.Va. Holiday Concert Tour
12/09/2021
“America’s Got Talent” winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. is performing a series of holiday concerts around West Virginia next month....read more
11 West Virginia Towns That Feel Like You’re In A Hallmark Christmas Movie
12/09/2021
Christmas lights glistening in the snow, town squares with decorated trees, and Christmas carolers singing familiar melodies echoing through the streets...read more
2021 ‘Choose and Cut’ Christmas tree farms
12/09/2021
Selecting a West Virginia-Grown Christmas Tree is the Environmentally Sound Choice. Do you want the perfect Christmas tree for the holidays?...read more
daily304 - Episode 12.9.2021
12/09/2021
“America’s Got Talent” winner performs a series of holiday concerts; visit these charming West Virginia towns and feel like you’re in a Hallmark Christmas movie; and, looking for that perfect tree? Visit a West Virginia Christmas tree farm!...read more
West Virginia native’s photograph of Elkview man included in TIME’s Top 100 Photos of 2021
12/08/2021
The moment came on the final home visit of the day as independent and documentary photographer Rebecca Kiger traveled with Kanawha County officials around clinics and homes during COVID-19 vaccination efforts in June....read more
WVDNR highlights habitat and stream restoration project in Monongahela Forest
12/08/2021
More than 2,000 acres of wildlife habitat in the Monongahela National Forest is being restored thanks to a collaborative project between the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and United States Forest Service....read more
Q&A: Appalachian Pediatrician Talks COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids
12/08/2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 1.5 million children aged 5-11 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 12.8.2021
12/08/2021
A WV native’s photo makes a prestigious TIME Magazine list; the WVDNR partners with the US Forest Service to restore habitat in the Monongahela National Forest; and a state pediatrician discusses COVID-19 and how it affects children....read more
daily304 - Episode 12.7.2021
12/07/2021
Find a new career in manufacturing at Jobcase; schedule your company’s next training at this state-of-the-art facility near Charleston; and learn why Wheeling is a great place to live and work...read more
Hot manufacturing job opportunities in West Virginia!
12/07/2021
Whether you live in West Virginia or are considering relocating to this beautiful mountain state, the manufacturing jobs are as plentiful as the kind people who reside there. ...read more
West Virginia Training and Conference Center available for rent
12/07/2021
When you need a sleek setting to host your banquet, spacious rooms to seat your conference presenters and attendees, an industrial modern venue with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and support staff, specially equipped labs that support up to 480 ...read more
Why Wheeling and surrounding areas?
12/07/2021
What’s happening in our region? Plenty. The Health Plan has expanded and is building its new headquarters in downtown Wheeling. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 12.6.2021
12/06/2021
More high-tech business comes to West Virginia; post job listings for free at Jobcase.com; and listen to seasoned legends and emerging stars on the Mountain Stage podcast...read more
Biometrics & identity management service to open new office at Charles Pointe in Bridgeport, West Virginia
12/06/2021
Xator Corp., a national security solutions company providing services in more than 1​20 countries around the world and a provider of world-class biometrics and identity management solutions, is expanding its West Virginia presence by adding an office in.....read more
Employee Recruitment
12/06/2021
The state of West Virginia has partnered with Jobcase – a social media platform with over 120 million members – to help make hiring easier and more successful for West Virginia businesses. ...read more
Listen to West Virginia Public Radio’s ‘Mountain Stage’
12/06/2021
For more than 30 years, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce has been the home of live music on public radio. ...read more
ChalleNGe Academy graduates 5,000th student
12/05/2021
On a recent Friday afternoon, Hailey M. Efaw walked across a stage at Camp Dawson and became a milestone. Cadet Efaw became the 5,000th graduate in the West Virginia National Guard’s Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy program. Cheered on by their families......read more
West Virginia band director makes 'hobby' of Christmas tree farm
12/05/2021
Jefferson High School’s band director is happiest when working with the kids. However, J.P. Lynch is also happy outside the school realm, where he spends time on his “hobby” at Lynch Christmas Tree Farm. “I married into this,” Lynch said as he offered......read more
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources accepting art for wildlife calendar
12/05/2021
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is accepting entries of wildlife paintings from artists until Feb. 18 for its West Virginia Wildlife Calendar. “This calendar offers a wonderful opportunity for artists to feature their work,” Wildlife......read more
daily304 - Episode 12.5.2021
12/05/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy marks a milestone; a band director enjoys his tree farm hobby; and – calling all artists – the WVDNR wants YOUR wildlife paintings for its next calendar. Read more…...read more
Hill Top House Hotel takes big first steps from $150 million concept to reality
12/04/2021
Harpers Ferry Mayor Greg Vaughn is looking forward to watching the resurrection of a $150 million hotel that has been discussed for a decade. “I’m looking forward to the first truckload of debris leaving that site. I think many, any other people are......read more
The Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory In West Virginia Is Off The Beaten Path But So Worth The Journey
12/04/2021
Arguably, the entire state of West Virginia could be called “off the beaten path.” We’re the Mountain State, after all – the only state completely within the Appalachian Region. We’re one of America’s best hidden treasures. But even within our rural......read more
Christmas at the Fair
12/04/2021
The State Fair of West Virginia is happy to announce Christmas at the Fair is back! This year is our second annual Christmas Light Drive-Thru experience. Set to take place on Thursdays-Sundays from 6 PM – 9 PM, starting on Friday, November 26......read more
daily304 - Episode 12.4.2021
12/04/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Harpers Ferry’s historic Hilltop House edges closer to resurrection; travel to Hanging Rock Observatory, one of the state’s best places for birdwatching; and the state fairgrounds host a drive-thru holiday light show. Read more…...read more
daily304 - Episode 12.3.2021
12/03/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Progress is made in a new recreational trails system in Southern West Virginia; enjoy a traditional German Christmas – in Shepherdstown; and Green Bank Observatory gets high marks on a new review. Read more…...read more
Non-motorized trail system taking shape in southern West Virginia as new authority continues work
12/03/2021
A new authority created to bring interconnecting hiking trails, equestrian trails, bicycle trails and kayaking to several southern West Virginia counties is organizing its membership as the trail system starts to form. The Southern West Virginia......read more
This Little West Virginia Town Hosts the Ultimate Traditional German Christmas Celebration
12/03/2021
Picture this: a timbered Bavarian chalet, cradled by snow-kissed evergreens and perched high above a frosty, winding river. A romantic European getaway? It could be, but this is actually in nearby Shepherdstown, West Virginia, less than two hours from......read more
Green Bank Observatory's future 'extraordinarily bright' according to new director
12/03/2021
Ten years ago, a 10-year review of federally funded astronomy projects and infrastructure was released by the National Academy of Science, concluding that the research then being done at the Green Bank Observatory was less aligned with newly identified......read more
West Virginia launches new website for program aimed at helping recovering addicts find work
12/02/2021
The state’s Jobs & Hope West Virginia program has a new website officials believe will make it easier for people to learn about the program designed to remove barriers to job chances for recovering addicts. Jobs & Hope operates within the West Virginia......read more
West Virginia publishes complete Voter's Guide in braille
12/02/2021
The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office, in conjunction with the State Election Commission, has published a complete Voter’s Guide in Braille. Last week, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner released the newly published “West Virginia......read more
Meet the folks behind Morgan Rhea leather
12/02/2021
Morgan Rhea’s journey began the day she met Michael at orientation in 2011 at Savannah College of Art and Design. Little did they know that they would be collaborating over the next four years and be married a few years later. The passion for designing......read more
daily304 - Episode 12.2.2021
12/02/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – A new Jobs & Hope website is designed to help recovering addicts; the WV Secretary of State’s Office publishes a voter’s guide for those with visual impairments; and learn more about Morgan Rhea luxury leather designs. Read more…...read more
Mon Power/Potomac Edison plan five solar plants to produce 50 mw of power; largest would be in Mon County
12/01/2021
Mon Power and Potomac Energy — subsidiaries of FirstEnergy, have applied to the state Public Service Commission to build five solar power plants that would generate a combined 50 megawatts of power. The companies said in their Monday announcement that......read more
FASTER WV Webinar: How to Start or Grow a Child Care Business in Advantage Valley
12/01/2021
Running a childcare business is tough. Tune in and hear about recent changes that positively affect this sector! Learn about the FASTER WV Entrepreneurship Program, hear an overview of Advantage Valley's Start Up Guides for Early Care and Education......read more
West Side developers get into the spirits
12/01/2021
The magic is in the cave, Tighe and John Bullock trust. Tighe and his father, John, learned of its existence near Renick on the Greenbrier-Pocahontas county line. A geological engineer, John Bullock thought a distiller could use that water to churn out......read more
daily304 - Episode 12.1.2021
12/01/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – More renewable energy is coming to Monongalia County; join a webinar and learn the scoop on running a childcare business; and The Bullock Distillery prepares to open on Charleston’s West Side. Read more…...read more
Infrastructure passage provides opportunity for Virgin Hyperloop One in West Virginia
11/30/2021
The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill has been signed into law and is expected to offer funding opportunities for the proposed Virgin Hyperloop One project in West Virginia. Executive Director of Vantage Ventures at WVU Sarah Biller said they will......read more
Chris Holmes COVID Experience Story
11/30/2021
Chris Holmes, a 44-year-old from Sissonville, fell ill with COVID-19 last summer and spent 80 days in the hospital fighting for his life. Everyone in his family contracted COVID, Holmes said, except for his daughter, a healthcare worker who chose to......read more
Purchase a West Virginia hunting license
11/30/2021
Purchasing a hunting or fishing license is more convenient than ever before. Residents and non-residents can enroll, pay and print through the Electronic Licensing & Game Check System. Visit the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources online to......read more
daily304 - Episode 11.30.2021
11/30/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Virgin Hyperloop supporters eagerly await infrastructure funding; a Sissonville man shares why he thinks COVID vaccines are important; and purchase your hunting license now through WVDNR’s new online system. Read more…...read more
New River Gorge Regional Development Authority leads six-state Build Back Better grant proposal for outdoor economy growth
11/29/2021
The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) has submitted a $500,000 grant proposal for Phase 1 of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge that, if funded, would coordinate a six-state collaboration to......read more
Catalysts for Growth in Cabell County
11/29/2021
Where town and country intersect with bustling city streets and quiet winding backroads, you will find historic Cabell County. Bound by the mighty Ohio River and anchored by Huntington, the second largest city in the Mountain State, Cabell County is......read more
CentralApp: From West Virginia to Silicon Valley and back again
11/29/2021
A West Virginian by birth, Todd Cope moved away in search of greater entrepreneurial opportunities. And as a West Virginian at heart, he moved back to create them for others. Founded by West Virginians, CentralApp has a singular vision: To connect......read more
daily304 - Episode 11.29.2021
11/29/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – The New River Gorge seeks federal funding to grow its outdoor economy; Cabell County offers catalysts for growth; and CentralApp connects companies with tech workers in Appalachia. Read more…...read more
Pediatrician: COVID vaccine offers hope for normalcy and freedom to families in West Virginia
11/28/2021
Pediatrician Rebecca Furby says the Pediatric COVID Vaccine now approved for children 5 to 11 years of age offers a hope for normalcy and freedom to families in West Virginia. “As our state is a hard-working state that loves to enjoy the freedoms that......read more
In the Chef’s Corner: Christopher’s Eats
11/28/2021
Located in Huntington, WV, Christopher’s Eats is an upscale American restaurant fueled by its community. Christopher’s serves fresh, homemade cuisine with a mission of bringing people together. A relaxed and eclectic atmosphere creates a beautiful yet......read more
Gov. Justice and WVDNR announce the “Big Buck Photo Contest” and encourage all hunters in West Virginia to participate
11/28/2021
Hunters in West Virginia have more to look forward to this year, including the chance to show off their harvests and win prizes by participating in the first ever “Big Buck Photo Contest,” open from Nov. 22 to Dec. 27. “Hunting is a treasured pastime......read more
daily304 - Episode 11.28.2021
11/28/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – WV pediatricians recommend vaccines for eligible children; an ex-pat returns to Huntington to open a gourmet restaurant; and hunters can win big prizes with the Big Buck Photo Contest. Read more…...read more
daily304 - Episode 11.27.2021
11/27/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Area leaders examine the future of the New River Gorge region; WV Executive and BusinessLink compile a list of resources for WV startups … and Smooth Ambler Spirits releases its first 100% self-distilled rye whiskey. Read more…...read more
Regional programs already addressing economic shortfalls in West Virginia
11/27/2021
When it comes to the future of West Virginia, its success lies in its people. From job opportunities to workforce participation to growing the population, the director of the Bureau of Business & Economic Research at West Virginia University said these......read more
West Virginia’s Entrepreneurship Resources
11/27/2021
Over 1 million new businesses will be started in the U.S. by the end of 2021. Of these, over half will end up failing within 10 years. A few reasons for failure include a lack of capital, insufficient management, vague business planning or fiscal......read more
Smooth Ambler’s rye whiskey adventure
11/27/2021
The unicorn chasers will be out in force this holiday season, as Smooth Ambler Spirits unveils its first 100 per cent self-distilled rye whiskey. Founders’ Cask Strength Series Straight Rye Whiskey is a five-year-old, non-chill filtered, non-carbon......read more
daily304 - Episode 11.26.2021
11/26/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Thinking of doing contract work with the Air Force? Learn what to expect; the Division of Rehabilitation Services assists persons with disabilities in finding work; and Dem 2 Brothers & a Grill is Charleston’s premiere BBQ......read more
What to expect working with the U.S. Air Force as a contractor
11/26/2021
Working with the Air Force – and the public sector, in general – may seem like an unfamiliar (or even intimidating) task. This article will give you a quick rundown of common aspects of this relationship that will help to prepare you for the future......read more
Vocational rehabilitation
11/26/2021
The Division of Rehabilitation Services is West Virginia's primary vocational rehabilitation resource for people with disabilities who want to work. DRS helps many West Virginians prepare for careers consistent with their interests, needs and abilities......read more
Dem 2 Brothers & A Grill a premier BBQ destination
11/26/2021
Founded by Adrian “Bay” Wright, Dem 2 Brothers and a Grill is Charleston’s premier barbecue destination. The small family restaurant has attracted national attention, being featured on Food Network’s “Southern Fried Road Trip” and “HBO’s Our Towns......read more
daily304 - Episode 11.25.2021
11/25/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Grab your tickets now and get ready to go sledding at Blackwater Falls; find a career in public safety through jobcase.com; and get a breath of fresh air this Black Friday – #OptOutside at West Virginia state parks and forests......read more
Blackwater Falls State Park sled run tickets now available for advance purchase online
11/25/2021
As cooler temperatures breeze into the Mountain State, West Virginia State Parks is gearing up to open the famed sled run at Blackwater Falls State Park. Tickets are now available for advance purchase online as well as an accompanying discount on cabin......read more
Public safety jobs in West Virginia that are hiring
11/25/2021
What is better than an amazing community? Having a rewarding career to support it! Public safety jobs are among the most important jobs in West Virginia because they ensure safe communities and support the high quality of life that the Mountain State......read more
Opt Outside at WV State Parks and Forests this Black Friday
11/25/2021
Take some time on Black Friday to #OptOutside. With the hectic pace of the holidays upon us, there’s no better way to relax and regroup. Studies have shown that spending time in nature helps reduce stress, improve mood, and increase your energy level......read more
daily304 - Episode 11.24.2021
11/24/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – The West Virginia Department of Economic Development provides guidance for exporters; these free online resources can help your business achieve its goals; and WVU teams up with a nanotech company to improve medical mannequins......read more
4 Tips to Help You Select Distributors and Grow Your Exports
11/24/2021
Investing in a new market is expensive and resource intensive, which is why most exporters use distributors to sell their products internationally. Selecting a trustworthy distributor who can help generate the level of sales you envision can take some......read more
5 free resources for West Virginia businesses
11/24/2021
"There’s no ‘I’ in team,” “Teamwork makes the dream work,” “United we stand, divided we fall,” – you get the picture. Teamwork is the name of the game in the business world, so it’s paramount to begin networking and making those essential connections......read more
Maryland-based NanoBioFAB partners with West Virginia University to improve AI-powered clinical simulators
11/24/2021
The name may not slide off the tongue just yet, but NanoBioFAB, a minority woman-owned nanotech startup in the Frederick Innovative Technology Center Inc. is hoping to revolutionize medical mannequins. And, they’re partnering with West Virginia......read more
daily304 - Episode 11.23.2021
11/23/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – The West Virginia Training and Conference Center offers meeting space for industrial training; the Robert C. Byrd Institute sponsors a virtual workshop on military contracting opportunities; and the WV SBDC presents its Holiday......read more
Everything you need to know about the West Virginia Training and Conference Center
11/23/2021
When you need a sleek setting to host your banquet, spacious rooms to seat your conference presenters and attendees, an industrial modern venue with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and support staff, specially equipped labs that support up to......read more
Doing Business with the U.S. Navy & Marine Corps
11/23/2021
The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) in partnership with the Regional Contracting Assistance Center will host a virtual workshop Dec. 8 featuring the U.S. Navy Office of Small Business Programs. Learn about contracting opportunities for your small......read more
The 2021 Holiday Marketing Guide
11/23/2021
43%. That is the percentage of people who have already started their holiday shopping, who did so, in fact, before the end of October. What does this mean for West Virginia small business owners? It’s time to bust out your 2021 holiday marketing......read more
Buck firearms deer season opens Monday, Nov. 22
11/22/2021
West Virginia’s traditional buck firearms season opens Monday, Nov. 22 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 5, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) announced. “Hunters should enjoy a great 2021 buck season this year,” said Paul Johansen......read more
Explore Eastern Pandhandle attractions along this scenic drive
11/22/2021
Just a short drive outside of the Washington and Baltimore metro areas, this loop through West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle is both a relaxing and enlightening weekend getaway. Here you’ll find everything from deluxe spas and award-winning dining, to......read more
The Newest High School ‘Sport’ in W.Va. -- Robotics Team
11/22/2021
Robotics team competitions are now recognized as a high school co-curricular activity under the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission. The designation was made official Nov. 1, and NASA’s Education Resource Center is leading the way......read more
daily304 - Episode 11.22.2021
11/22/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Traditional buck firearms season is now open; take a drive through the Eastern Panhandle and discover history, culture and more; and a new designation for school robotics teams is good news for STEM students. Read more…...read more
‘Bed & Brew’ experience on tap in Clendenin
11/21/2021
Serial entrepreneurs Nikki and Matt Holbert are adding another project to their portfolio that should please the local craft beer community....read more
WV at the center of nationwide video campaign Honor Your Hometown
11/21/2021
A nationwide video campaign, aimed at uniting Americans, features several cities in West Virginia....read more
Former FBI/DoD data center in West Virginia up for sale
11/21/2021
A former government data center in Clarksburg, West Virginia, is up for sale....read more
daily304 - Episode 11.21.2021
11/21/2021
Charleston restaurateurs prepare to open brewery in Clendenin; several West Virginia cities are featured in the nationwide “Honor Your Hometown” campaign; and a property listing in Clarksburg is ideal for software as a service (SaaS) companies...read more
daily304 - Episode 11.20.2021
11/20/2021
Children’s authors discuss creativity, Appalachia and diversity; learn how you can help prevent wildfires; and mountain bikers flock to West Virginia state parks....read more
Children's Authors Discuss Creativity, Appalachia And Diversity
11/20/2021
This week’s episode of Inside Appalachia features several children's authors, including Cynthia Rylant, who wrote "When I Was Young In The Mountains."...read more
Fire Burning Guidelines
11/20/2021
West Virginia holds strict standards for forest fire laws in order to protect one of the state’s most valuable resources – our forests....read more
Mountain biking adventures at West Virginia state parks and forests
11/20/2021
Over the past couple of years, mountain biking has experienced a surge in popularity, with many of the new riders being children and families. ...read more
West Virginia’s Global Cuisine Scene
11/19/2021
We are always on the lookout for new places that fly under the radar to share with our readers—and we never pass up an opportunity to eat....read more
W.Va. transportation chief says federal infrastructure dollars will drive highway construction
11/19/2021
There’s a national political battle over an infrastructure bill, but West Virginia’s transportation secretary says the state urgently needs the money and support....read more
You Can Take a Drive and a Dip Along This Historic Loop
11/19/2021
Just a short drive outside of the Washington and Baltimore metro areas, this loop through West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle is both a relaxing and enlightening weekend getaway. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 11.19.2021
11/19/2021
Experience global cuisine in Almost Heaven West Virginia; take a road trip through the Eastern Panhandle; and state officials look forward to advancing highway projects with passage of the infrastructure bill....read more
Groundbreaking ceremony held for Brad D. Smith Center for Business and Innovation
11/18/2021
Marshall University’s Lewis College of Business and Brad D. Smith Schools of Business hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning for the Brad D. Smith Center for Business and Innovation in the 1400 block of 4th Avenue in Huntington....read more
What you can do to help West Virginia’s official butterfly
11/18/2021
The next time you notice a monarch butterfly, with its brilliant orange and black wings rimmed with white dots, take a good long appreciative look....read more
Rocco Muriale reflects on 50-plus years of the family restaurant business in Marion County
11/18/2021
After working at Muriale’s Italian Kitchen since the restaurant’s 1969 opening,...read more
daily304 - Episode 11.18.2021
11/18/2021
Construction begins on Marshall’s Brad D. Smith Center for Business and Innovation; the WVDNR offers tips for helping to preserve the state’s monarch population; Muriale’s owner reflects on 50 years in the family restaurant business...read more
Toyota WV announces $240 million investment for hybrid transaxles
11/17/2021
The president of Toyota West Virginia says the plant’s continued efficiency has earned it more business....read more
This Unassuming Park Was Once A Lively Wheeling Attraction
11/17/2021
If you are looking for a bit of vanished history, drive the winding roads from Downtown Wheeling up to the Mozart Volunteer Fire Department. ...read more
Economic summit to take place next week
11/17/2021
New opportunities in new industries will be key to the future of the economy in the New River Gorge Region, said Jina Belcher, executive director of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority....read more
daily304 - Episode 11.17.2021
11/17/2021
Toyota West Virginia invests $240 million for upgrades; re-discover Wheeling’s Mozart Park with a trip through the archives; and regional leaders discuss the future of economic development in the New River Gorge....read more
Trulieve announces opening of West Virginia’s first medical cannabis dispensary
11/16/2021
Trulieve Cannabis Corp., the largest multi-state operator (MSO) in the United States, today announced the opening of its first dispensary in West Virginia....read more
Hunters helping the hungry
11/16/2021
Generous hunters are donating deer to the Hunters Helping the Hungry Program, which provides thousands of pounds of venison to needy families across the state....read more
Army’s first hip-hop artists sworn in and honored at West Virginia University
11/16/2021
For the first time in our nation’s history, the United States Army Field Band has Hip-Hop vocalists....read more
daily304 - Episode 11.16.2021
11/16/2021
The first medical cannabis dispensary is up and running in West Virginia; Hunters Helping the Hungry continues to feed needy families throughout the Mountain State; and for the first time in our nation’s history, the United States Army Field Band has......read more
Custom printed apparel maker presses forward to grow despite pandemic
11/15/2021
Shandy Broom spent more than 25 years as a project manager or owner in construction, contracting and industrial fields. ...read more
Lookout legacy Fire towers stand as lofty reminders of West Virginia’s firefighting history
11/15/2021
If you hike to the high places in West Virginia’s woods, you may spy a tall structure of wood or steel standing atop the summit. Likely, you have spotted the remnants of a fire lookout tower....read more
You Can Take a Drive and a Dip Along This Historic Loop
11/15/2021
Just a short drive outside of the Washington and Baltimore metro areas, this loop through West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle is both a relaxing and enlightening weekend getaway. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 11.15.2021
11/15/2021
A Ripley apparel and fundraising business joins WV SBDC’s “Come In, We’re Open” campaign; lookout towers stand as lofty reminders of the state’s firefighting history; and take a scenic drive through West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle....read more
Mountaineer Challenge Academy grad recommended for West Point
11/14/2021
William Farkas of Tunnelton isn’t your typical 16 year old. Farkas is now a high school graduate and preparing for the next step in his life....read more
McGhin Named Student-Athlete of the Week
11/14/2021
After becoming the sixth shooter in Mountaineer program history to shoot a perfect, 600 in air rifle, sophomore Molly McGhin of the West Virginia University rifle team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete Athlete of the Week......read more
Pediatrician: COVID vaccine offers hope for normalcy and freedom to families in West Virginia
11/14/2021
Pediatrician Rebecca Furby says the Pediatric COVID Vaccine now approved for children 5 to 11 years of age offers a hope for normalcy and freedom to families in West Virginia....read more
daily304 - Episode 11.14.2021
11/14/2021
A Mountaineer Challenge Academy grad gets an invitation to West Point; WVU’s student athlete of the week shoots a perfect score for the rifle team; and a Berkeley County pediatrician says vaccinating kids will help prevent COVID spread. ...read more
Inaugural Nerf Wars event set for Nov. 20 at Ritter Park
11/13/2021
Greater Huntington Parks & Recreation District will bring a new event to the community this fall—the inaugural Nerf Wars event....read more
5 WV State Parks to Visit This Fall if You Want to Catch a Trout
11/13/2021
With cooler temperatures and peaceful lakes and streams surrounded by autumn color, fall is a great time for fishing in West Virginia....read more
WVU Press Tells Appalachian Stories, Helps To Share Region’s Diversity
11/13/2021
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently labeled WVU Press as a “new publishing heavyweight.” But the small university press hasn’t lost its focus on West Virginian and Appalachian stories....read more
Out with the old: Constelium's 60-year-old mill gets $9.5 million facelift
11/13/2021
When Brian McCallie's kids ask him what he does at Constellium, he tells them he puts metal through a colossal pasta press....read more
daily304 - Episode 11.13.2021
11/13/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Fishing opportunities abound at West Virginia state parks and forests; WVU Press aims to showcase Appalachian authors; and Ravenswood’s Constellium plant gets a major upgrade....read more
daily304 - Episode 11.12.2021
11/12/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – A West Virginia native and businessman offers advice for budding entrepreneurs; Nerf Wars are coming to Huntington; and parents are encouraged to sign up their children for Round 3 of the Do It for Babydog sweepstakes. ...read more
Former Cisco CEO John Chambers, namesake of West Virginia University business college, speaks of entrepreneurial spirit Monday night in Morgantown
11/12/2021
John Chambers wanted all present for his presentation Monday night at Vantage Venture headquarters to know that they can make their dreams happen. But it will not be easy....read more
Justice announces third round of Babydog vaccination contest
11/12/2021
Another vaccination incentive campaign featuring Gov. Jim Justice’s English bulldog Babydog has been announced....read more
Walking in Wheeling, West Virginia
11/11/2021
Last week, I traveled to Wheeling, West Virginia, on a solo trip. I stayed in an old apartment on 16th Street and spent my days walking, reading, and photographing....read more
Brad D. Smith outlines hopes for future of Ascend West Virginia program
11/11/2021
Brad D. Smith, former Intuit executive chairman and the next president of Marshall University, has a long-term plan to increase West Virginia’s population and create new economic opportunities....read more
W.Va. virtual entrepreneur fair set for Nov. 16
11/11/2021
Featuring experienced investors, assistance providers and innovators who have “been there and done that,” the 3 Steps to StartUp Venture Fair aims to provide West Virginia tech-focused, research-driven entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn critical......read more
daily304 - Episode 11.11.2021
11/11/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – A documentarian travels to Wheeling and shares his experience; Ascend WV’s founder outlines his next step; and entrepreneurs across West Virginia are encouraged to attend the virtual 3 Steps to StartUp Venture Fair. ...read more
Defense companies in West Virginia
11/10/2021
West Virginia is ready and eager to welcome defense companies and federal agencies seeking a loyal workforce, opportune location and rewarding lifestyle for employees....read more
Make a Difference Guide
11/10/2021
What brings you hope? ...read more
WV among top in country for access to computer science education
11/10/2021
West Virginia is among the top 10 states nationwide to offer foundational computer science (CS) courses to public school students. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 11.10.2021
11/10/2021
Learn why West Virginia is an ideal location for the defense industry; the WV Community Development Hub offers tips on how you can make a difference in your neighborhood; and West Virginia ranks high in states that offer computer science courses....read more
America’s Post Nuclear Attack Chambers At The Greenbrier Resort Is A Must-See Experience
11/09/2021
Driving to the magnificent and historical structure that is The Greenbrier, lovingly referred to as “America’s Resort” in marketing materials, you’d have no clue that this hotel was a crucial piece of the puzzle during the emerging threats of nuclear war ...read more
Trail development expert added to West Virginia University Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Collaborative
11/09/2021
A national leader in sustainable trail development, Richard Edwards has been appointed recreation infrastructure development coordinator for the West Virginia University Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Collaborative....read more
Updated license system makes buying license and checking game easier
11/09/2021
We updated our electronic licensing and game check system in 2021 to make it easier for hunters and anglers to purchase their license and stamps online. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 11.9.2021
11/09/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Tour a secret underground bunker at the Greenbrier; a new outdoor leader at WVU specializes in sustainable trail development; and the WVDNR’s updated electronic licensing system is a breeze for hunters and anglers to use....read more
Braskem celebrates 60th anniversary of Neal plant in Kenova
11/08/2021
Braskem, the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas as well as a market leader and pioneer producer of biopolymers on an industrial scale, celebrated the 60th anniversary of its Neal production facility in Kenova in a virtual event....read more
Chemical/Polymer
11/08/2021
Chemical and polymer companies have thrived in West Virginia for generations....read more
daily304 - Episode 11.8.2021
11/08/2021
Braskem production facility celebrates 60 years in Kenova; $1 million earmarked for WVU NASA program; and WV Economic Development touts the chemical and polymer production industry in the Mountain State....read more
Sirianni’s Cafe: A pizza landmark in the Canaan Valley
11/07/2021
Michael Goss is the co-owner of Sirianni’s Cafe, located in Davis, West Virginia, a landmark dining experience in the tourism capital of the state. Sirianni’s pizza has fed hundreds of thousands of hungry skiing and hiking families and enthusiasts over......read more
Restoration On Matewan’s Nenni Buildings Honors Connection to Italian Immigrants, Mine Wars History
11/07/2021
Three buildings in Matewan are expected to be renovated over the next few years. Using $1.7 million from the U.S. Economic Development Authority, Coalfield Development Corp. and the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum plan to transform the buildings into a......read more
New W.Va. Bigfoot Museum Highlights A Local Take On The Mountain State’s Sasquatch
11/07/2021
Central West Virginia has a new monster museum which pays tribute to Bigfoot, and what could be lurking in West Virginia’s forests. The museum in Sutton is small, located in the back of a store that sells knick-knacks and handmade items by local......read more
daily304 - Episode 11.7.2021
11/07/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Skiers and hikers flock to a Davis pizzeria; Matewan buildings are set to undergo major renovation; and the WV Bigfoot Museum pays tribute to the mysterious mountain creature. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 11.6.2021
11/06/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – The Flatwoods Monster becomes a pop culture sensation; a new campaign targets heart health for hunters; and pediatricians tout the safety of vaccines. Read more…...read more
The W.Va. Monster That Crept Into International Pop Culture
11/06/2021
West Virginia folklore includes many alien and monster-like characters, such as Mothman, Big Foot and the Yeti. One such monster has made a big resurgence in the past few years, becoming a part of the state’s pop culture. This story is part of a......read more
American Heart Association launches “Heart Healthy Hunting” campaign
11/06/2021
Your American Heart Association is excited for a new initiative for hunters across the West Virginia. During the month of November, the Association will launch its “Heart Healthy Hunting” campaign, bringing life-saving messaging to hunters in order to......read more
Dr. Ellie Smith encouraging pediatric COVID vaccines for children in West Virginia
11/06/2021
When a child is sick, parents want to hear the opinion of their pediatrician. To help West Virginia parents who are trying to decide whether to get their children vaccinated against COVID, pediatricians across the state are sharing their thoughts on......read more
RCBI expands machinist program to meet industry demand
11/05/2021
The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) is expanding its nationally recognized Machinist Technology/CNC program to meet industry demand for skilled workers. RCBI, in conjunction with Mountwest Community & Technical College, will launch a new Machinist......read more
Lonely Planet names West Virginia Top Travel Region to visit in 2022
11/05/2021
West Virginia was named a Top Travel Region to visit in 2022 by Lonely Planet as a part of its annual Best in Travel awards, according to Gov. Jim Justice. West Virginia, the only U.S. state selected, joins a first-class group of international......read more
Appalachian Beekeeping Collective boosts pollinators and supports beekeepers
11/05/2021
Oh, honey. This ultra-sweet concoction is nature’s candy, a product of hardworking bees. It can be controversial among plant-based eaters, but the reality is we can enjoy this natural sweetener if we learn to live in harmony with the bees......read more
daily304 - Episode 11.5.2021
11/05/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – RCBI and Mountwest prepare to launch a new machinist/technology class; Lonely Planet says Almost Heaven is the place to be; and a nonprofit supports Appalachian beekeepers … Read more…...read more
New West Virginia mountain biking trails go mild, not wild
11/04/2021
Mountain biking, like other outdoor activities, has surged in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bike sales went up more than 150 percent in 2020, and some mountain bike trails have experienced more than fivefold increases in traffic, says David......read more
Cam Henderson Center - Microsoft Flight Simulator STADIUM LANDING!
11/04/2021
Today we visit the campus of Marshall University and their incredible Cam Henderson Center! Watch the video......read more
MHIRJ unveils new component repair and overhaul facility in Bridgeport
11/04/2021
MHIRJ unveiled a new facility being built in Bridgeport, West Virginia which will serve as MHIRJ’s Aftermarket Component Center of Excellence. The new Center of Excellence will specialize in Component Repair and Overhaul (CR&O) and short order spare......read more
daily304 - Episode 11.4.2021
11/04/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Family friendly flow courses are the next big thing in mountain biking, and West Virginia is leading the way; watch an aerial video showcasing Marshall’s campus; and a new aerospace facility is coming to Bridgeport. Read more…...read more
WVU researchers develop new robot pollinator as a backup for declining insect populations
11/03/2021
The shortage of natural pollinators, such as bees, is threatening global food production around the world, making it difficult to feed an ever-growing human population. Researchers at West Virginia University have come up with a plan B to this decline......read more
Monument Companies Announces $80 Million Project to Remediate and Revitalize Former Interwoven and Perfection Properties
11/03/2021
The City of Martinsburg, Berkeley County Council, and Berkeley County Development Authority are pleased to announce agreements-in-principle with Richmond, Virginia-based Monument Companies to remediate and revitalize the former Interwoven Mill and......read more
daily304 - Episode 11.3.2021
11/03/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Pratt & Whitney in Bridgeport celebrates 50 years; WVU’s new robotic pollinator is designed to assist agriculture production; and major revitalization project is coming to downtown Martinsburg. Read more…...read more
daily304 - Episode 11.2.2021
11/02/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Another science and technology company launches in West Virginia; state officials discuss plans for broadband improvement; and two Canaan Valley ecosystems are designated as WV Natural Areas. Read more…...read more
Vertx Partners launches operations in West Virginia
11/02/2021
Vertx Partners, a collaborator with the Dayton, Ohio nonprofit organization Parallax Advanced Research, has launched operations in West Virginia to support the development of science and technology innovation in the Appalachian Region. Led by U.S. Air......read more
$1B broadband investment to focus on unserved
11/02/2021
West Virginia residents have heard promises in the past of improved internet speeds and expanded availability for those who didn’t have it. The complaint from state residents is that the result of those promises has been those already with internet......read more
WV natural areas program designates first sites in Canaan Valley
11/02/2021
Nature lovers, rejoice! Two pristine and globally unique ecosystems in Canaan Valley Resort State Park (CVRSP) were designated as the first tracts in the new West Virginia Natural Areas Program. Encompassing a combined 2,200 acres, the Bald Knob and......read more
daily304 - Episode 11.1.2021
11/01/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Good Morning America visits Almost Heaven; U-Haul honors small businesses in the Mountain State; and a virtual conference highlights #WVsolutions. Read more…...read more
GMA shows some love to New River Gorge area
11/01/2021
ABC News' Stephanie Ramos can now count herself among those who have traversed the catwalk on the underbelly of the New River Gorge Bridge. Ramos, an ABC News correspondent, was in Fayette County Thursday and Friday to shoot a live segment for "Good......read more
West Virginia The Conservation Fund
11/01/2021
Although the formal SBA week event has been postponed, U-Haul is still celebrating and thanking our small business dealers across the nation. We believe the future for U-Haul is very bright in West Virginia. Watch as area businessmen and women talk......read more
Small communities, big solutions conference
11/01/2021
Each year, the Alliance for Economic Development of Southern West Virginia, the West Virginia Community Development Hub and Coalfield Development team up to shine a spotlight on West Virginia, by hosting the Small Communities, Big Solutions Conference......read more
Family Forest Carbon Program Open to Small Forest Holders in West Virginia
10/31/2021
The American Forest Foundation, a national conservation organization that works with family forest owners, and The Nature Conservancy, a global conservation organization, today announced expansion plans for their Family Forest Carbon Program, which......read more
Orr’s Farm Market recognized nationally as a top orchard to visit in the country
10/31/2021
Orr’s Farm Market general manager Katy Orr-Dove thought to the apple trees that line the farm, the serenity of the fruit-bearing trees. “It’s such a beautiful area for people to visit,” Orr-Dove said. “It’s very peaceful out there in the orchard......read more
Employment opportunities
10/31/2021
Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities with the Robert. C. Byrd Institute, West Virginia’s Manufacturing Technology Center. Positions that are currently available with RCBI are listed on this page. Read more......read more
daily304 - Episode 10.31.2021
10/31/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – The Family Forest Carbon Program opens enrollment to WV landowners; a Martinsburg orchard is named one of the country’s Top 10; and RCBI at Marshall is hiring. Read more…...read more
American Innovators: From Coal Mines to Apple Trees in West Virginia
10/30/2021
Come on down to West Virginia for this sneak preview of Made in America: American Innovators, From Coal Mines to Apple Trees. The West Virginia National Guard is leading the charge to develop infrastructure across the state by turning abandoned coal......read more
Why Some Say This Is The Most Haunted Town In America
10/30/2021
Shepherdstown, West Virginia, is older than our country, that’s why it has a reputation as the “Most Haunted Town In America.” Initially settled by Native Americans, the first European settler was Thomas Shepherd. He received the land grant parcel......read more
Exploring New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia, the US' newest national park
10/30/2021
The view from the bridge is just one of the many things that the Mountain State has to offer. Watch the video......read more
Country Roads Angel Network Makes $100,000 Investment Possible For WV Hive Client – Mountain Steer Meat Company
10/29/2021
A small business specializing in the aging of beef will be able to expand operations with a new processing facility thanks to a $100,000 investment made possible by the Country Roads Angel Network (CRAN). Mountain Steer Meat Company of White Sulphur......read more
Unmasking a Hidden Gem: Developer Aims To Lift Shroud of Mystery From Scottish Rite Cathedral in East Wheeling
10/29/2021
A historic gem in East Wheeling has operated outside the public eye for more than a century, but under its new ownership, the Scottish Rite Cathedral is opening a new chapter in its rich history – and is opening its hallowed halls to the public. Major......read more
At This W.Va. Steelpan Drum Company, A Visionary’s Beat Goes On
10/29/2021
It takes about 40 hours of hammering to turn a steel drum into a steelpan drum. Although originally meant to hold oil, shampoo or ketchup, the metal tube becomes an instrument uniquely capable of evoking island breezes and a slower pace of life......read more
daily304 - Episode 10.29.2021
10/29/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – A Greenbrier County meat company is expanding, thanks to an angel investor; Wheeling opens its historic Scottish Rite Cathedral to the public; and travel to the tiny community that serves as home to a famous steelpan drum......read more
Proposed $22 million riverfront development project unveiled near Fairmont, West Virginia's, Palatine Park
10/28/2021
Marion County officials gathered near Palatine Park Thursday morning for the announcement of a proposed $22 million project that would see new businesses, condos and a restaurant built along the Monongahela River. Shaun Petracca, a broker with Eastern......read more
GO-WV’s Gas Facts report describes thriving West Virginia natural gas industry
10/28/2021
West Virginia’s natural gas industry continues to thrive and to contribute to the state’s economy: That’s the message of a report released this week by GO-WV, the Gas & Oil Association of West Virginia. The annual report, Gas Facts, says natural gas......read more
The Haunted Majestic continues its run of scares and special guests
10/28/2021
The entertainment vessel known as the Haunted Majestic has been stirring up some scary fun for participants on the banks of the mighty Ohio River east of Huntington for a couple of weeks now, and there are a lot more hair-raising activities to come......read more
daily304 - Episode 10.28.2021
10/28/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – A major waterfront project is coming to Fairmont; West Virginia’s natural gas industry receives a good report; and guests are invited to tour a haunted barge … if you dare! Read more…...read more
Glass Half Full: Brewing Heritage Beer in West Virginia’s Greenbrier Valley
10/27/2021
The glass is always half full in West Virginia, especially at Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company where they’re all about the good things in life, community, sustainability, and beer. So. Let’s drink some of that beer and meet the folks who make it......read more
Museum Brings Visitors Off Trails And Into W.Va. Coalfield Town
10/27/2021
On a warm September morning, ATV riders roll into Matewan, fresh off the Hatfield McCoy Trails. The dirt paths in the backwoods of Southern West Virginia brought Ryan Logue all the way from Kansas City, Missouri. “The fact that you can just ride your......read more
3 Steps to StartUp Venture Fair
10/27/2021
Entrepreneurs across West Virginia and the region are encouraged to attend the virtual 3 Steps to StartUp Venture Fair, taking place from 9:00am-noon on Tuesday, November 16. This event builds on the content and lessons communicated during the 3 Steps......read more
daily304 - Episode 10.27.2021
10/27/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – At Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company, the glass is always half full; the WV Mine Wars Museum attracts visitors from near and far; and entrepreneurs are encouraged to sign up for an educational webinar. Read more…...read more
Made an export violation? A voluntary disclosure can save you
10/25/2021
Navigating the ins and outs of federal rules and regulations for exporting can be a difficult task, which is why we here at the West Virginia Department of Economic Development want to help by sharing valuable resources, such as this webinar presented......read more
Future Arrives for City, Region as Project Talked About for Years Under Way; First Phase Costs $15 Million
10/25/2021
There is a rather large project taking place right now in Bridgeport many may have no idea about. The project in question comes with a price tag exceeding $15 million as part of a project in the $50 million range....read more
Coal waste piles might be a bright spot in W.Va. economic future
10/25/2021
A product needed to produce a high number of electronic gadgets we use every day is in short supply and high demand. But West Virginia has mountains of what are called “rare earth elements” if researchers can come up with a way to tap the stream economica...read more
daily304 - Episode 10.25.2021
10/25/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Construction is under way on the Bridgeport airport expansion; researchers see economic potential in coal waste piles; and WV Economic Development offers advice for exporters. ...read more
Bridgeport musician excited to finally release third album
10/24/2021
After being delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Bridgeport native and resident Annie Neeley released her third Americana/folk album in September....read more
Carmichael: $1 billion broadband plan to ‘catapult’ WV to economic growth
10/24/2021
State Economic Development Secretary Mitch Carmichael says his office is tasked with coordinating different revenue streams to support Governor Jim Justice’s $1 billion dollar plan to expand broadband across West Virginia....read more
daily304 - Episode 10.24.2021
10/24/2021
​Bridgeport resident Annie Neeley releases her new album; Theatre West Virginia returns next summer with “Hatfields and McCoys” and West Virginia’s broadband expansion team seeks input from state residents.​...read more
As COVID-19 Challenged Almost Every Industry, Appalachian Cottage Producers Found Ways to Thrive
10/23/2021
When Charles and Vicky Grubb purchased their historic Point Pleasant, West Virginia, home in 2004, they never could’ve predicted it’d become the center of their business nearly a decade later....read more
7 reasons why fall hikes at WV State Parks are the best
10/23/2021
If you had to choose only one season to hike in, when would it be? We’re lacing our boots up for fall. Here are seven reasons why fall hikes are the best....read more
daily304 - Episode 10.23.2021
10/23/2021
We pay a visit to waterfall country in Almost Heaven … this couple turned their sweet hobby into a business … and find out why fall hiking is the best at West Virginia state parks....read more
Public safety jobs in West Virginia that are hiring
10/22/2021
What is better than an amazing community? Having a rewarding career to support it!...read more
Meadow River Valley Community Case Study
10/22/2021
In meadow river valley, volunteers banded together in a time of crisis....read more
Hino Trucks Commemorates Delivery Of First Cummins Powered Truck To Penske Truck Leasing
10/22/2021
Earlier this year, Hino announced their intent to produce medium- and heavy-duty Hino trucks with Cummins engines for sale in North America by the end of 2021. ...read more
Waterfall Country, West Virginia: Find a landscape of cascades, canyons, and charming small towns in and around Blackwater Falls State Park
10/22/2021
Call up a vision of the Mountain State, and the strains of a familiar tune begin to play. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 10.22.21.2021
10/22/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Find public safety jobs at Jobcase.com; Meadow River residents restore their flood-stricken community; and a manufacturing facility expands in Mineral Wells...read more
West Virginia Launches New Online Database To Help Students Find Careers
10/21/2021
West Virginia’s K-12 and higher education leaders launched a new resource this week that will assist students by helping them find college and career options that meet their specific interests and needs after high school....read more
WVDNR reminds hunters to prepare for fall hunting seasons
10/21/2021
With fall hunting seasons opening across the state, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is reminding hunters to be safe and mindful of hunting ethics and regulations and to plan ahead before going out on a hunt....read more
Friends of the Cheat receive $1.1 million
10/21/2021
Friends of the Cheat has been awarded $1.1 million by the Appalachian Regional Commission on behalf of the Mountaineer Trail Network Recreation Authority....read more
daily304 - Episode 10.21.2021
10/21/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Classroom 2 Career Navigator launches to assist students with finding a college; the WVDNR offers tips for fall hunting; and Friends of the Cheat receives funds to boost regional tourism....read more
Tradition Meets Innovation In West Virginia
10/20/2021
From hand-crafted glass at The Blenko Glass Company and Paul Wissmach Glass, to hand-forged tools at Warwood Tool, West Virginian artisans at these companies have been manufacturing quality products collectively for more than 400 years. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 10.20.2021
10/20/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – A Chicago remote worker finds new life in Almost Heave; RCBI receives a $1.49 million grant; and artisans combine tradition with innovation...read more
Fall trout stockings return to West Virginia lakes and streams
10/19/2021
Fall trout stockings return to nearly 40 lakes and streams around the state starting Oct. 18....read more
State’s Small Business Development Center earns national accreditation
10/19/2021
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC) has earned full accreditation from the Association of Small Business Development Centers. ...read more
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Listening Tour August 2021 - December 2022
10/19/2021
The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA), in partnership with the Office of Governor Jim Justice, is travelling to all 55 West Virginia counties for a listening tour focused on the American Rescue Plan Act...read more
daily304 - Episode 10.19.2021
10/19/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Fall trout stockings return to West Virginia waters; the WV SBDC earns full accreditation; and the public is invited to attend a listening tour regarding the American Rescue Plan Act....read more
CFOAM: From West Virginia Coal Mines to Outer Space
10/18/2021
West Virginia is known for its deep roots when it comes to the coal mining industry. ...read more
Tri-State Makes Fest: December 9, 2021 – Save the Date!
10/18/2021
Calling all makers across central Appalachia: mark your calendars! The Tri-State Makes Festival, RCBI’s annual celebration of creativity and ingenuity, will continue this year with a virtual Design Challenge....read more
New Martinsville Community Case Study
10/18/2021
In New Martinsville, community members are working to grow a vibrant, upbeat main street....read more
daily304 - Episode 10.18.2021
10/18/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – The future of coal lies in outer space; RCBI sponsors its annual Tri-State Makes Festival; and New Martinsville city leaders are transforming their community. ...read more
How to host First Friday events in your community
10/17/2021
Are you working to bring energy into your community? Do you want to see more people in your downtown spaces? Are there a number of local craftspeople, artists, farmers, and other entrepreneurs in your region that you’d like to bring together? ...read more
Laurel Mountain Wind Farm to receive upgrades
10/17/2021
Emily Taylor, a representative of the AES Laurel Mountain Wind Project made a presentation to the Randolph County Commission this week. ...read more
Institute for Cyber Security to be launched Oct. 13
10/17/2021
Marshall University will officially launch its newly formed Institute for Cyber Security at a kickoff event planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the Weisberg Applied Engineering Complex. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 10.17.2021
10/17/2021
Learn how to host your own First Friday event; a wind project in Barbour and Randolph counties gets an upgrade; and Marshall debuts its new Institute for Cyber Security...read more
More than 1,000 new businesses registered in West Virginia in September
10/16/2021
The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office registered 1,214 new businesses statewide during the month of September 2021 according to Secretary of State Mac Warner....read more
Montgomery and Smithers: Community Case Study
10/16/2021
In Montgomery and Smithers, two towns formed a unique partnership to collaborate for success....read more
2021 West Virginia Wonder Women
10/16/2021
Since 2014, WV Living magazine has been honoring West Virginia Wonder Women, amazing women who are raising the bar in their communities, serving as beacons of light in their industries, and forcing change for the greater good....read more
daily304 - Episode 10.16.2021
10/16/2021
Secretary of State’s office registers 1,214 new businesses in September; two “sister cities” near the New River Gorge join forces to attract tourism; and WV Living honors West Virginia Wonder Women. ...read more
Employees and location lead Belle Chemical Company to say #YesWV
10/15/2021
Many people spend their lives searching for jobs that make them happy and places to call home....read more
Ridenour Lake's new trails a boon to bikers, hikers
10/15/2021
For the last few years, Tracy Toler has been building trails at Nitro’s Ridenour Lake in Kanawha County. As a mountain biking enthusiast and Nitro resident, Toler gladly donated his time to help improve his community’s opportunities for outdoor pursuits....read more
Emergency Broadband Benefit
10/15/2021
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic....read more
daily304 - Episode 10.15.2021
10/15/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Belle Chemical Company continues to say #YesWV; more improvements are coming to a Nitro park … and broadband assistance is available to qualifying households. Read more…...read more
RCBI named one of 60 EDA University Centers across the US
10/14/2021
RCBI has received a major boost from the U.S​. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to expand efforts to build an entrepreneurial and innovation-focused economy across West Virginia....read more
Officials Say Flatwater Trails Could Be Part of the Economic Future For Southern WVa
10/14/2021
In the late 1990s, Bill Currey and a friend were just two West Virginians with a love for the outdoors and fishing. After a fishing trip on a river, Currey was hooked on the idea of sharing West Virginia’s flatwater rivers with the world....read more
daily304 - Episode 10.14.2021
10/14/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – An economic development grant provides a major boost to the Robert C. Byrd Institute; order your 2022 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar today; and flatwater trails bring travelers to Almost Heaven. Read more…...read more
2022 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar available to purchase
10/13/2021
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) today announced that the 2022 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar is now available to purchase online at wvstateparks.com, at retail outlets and WVDNR offices throughout the state and by mail....read more
Old Becomes New: How Two Wheelingites Are Repurposing Through Renovation
10/13/2021
Nearly nineteen years ago Susan Haddad began renovations on the 1869 building that would become her iconic Centre Market restaurant, Later Alligator. ...read more
West Virginia lawmakers tour renovated Hawks Nest Lodge
10/13/2021
Members of the West Virginia State Legislature toured Hawks Nest State Park in Fayette County on Wednesday, September 29, 2021....read more
Understanding Cybersecurity Risk — Small Business Edition
10/13/2021
Businesses of all shapes and sizes confront cybersecurity risk each and every day, and the COVID pandemic has added a few challenges to the equation. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 10.13.2021
10/13/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – One of the songwriters behind “Country Roads” discusses the inspiration for the iconic song; Blackwater Falls shines in the fall; and find manufacturing jobs at Jobcase.com....read more
daily304 - Episode 9.30.2021
09/30/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Toyota Manufacturing marks 25 years at its Putnam location; Business Coach Sharon Stratton is 2021’s state star; and fall color peaks in late October in southern West Virginia. Read more…...read more
Dynamic Dyslexia & Speech: Come in. We’re open!
09/28/2021
The dyslexic brain is wired a bit differently from others....read more
Cybersecurity Training Coming To Some Coal-Impacted Communities
09/28/2021
Residents in several West Virginia counties hurt by the declining coal industry will soon have the option to receive training in cybersecurity work....read more
Hiker's video shows 2,000-mile, 96-day trek along the Appalachian Trail condensed into four minutes - with bears, waterfalls and panoramic views
09/28/2021
Video of a hiker completing the Appalachian Trail across the eastern US shows stunning encounters with wildlife - including a few bears - in a state-by-state journey that took 96 days....read more
daily304 - Episode 9.28.2021
09/28/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Dynamic Dyslexia and Speech in Weirton wants you to know, “Come In, We’re Open”; a grant will assist in training coal miners in cyber security … and a Appalachian Trail hiker documents his 2,000 mile journey in a 4-minute video....read more
Country Roads Angel Network, Intermed Labs sign agreement to collaborate on innovative health care business development and jobs creation
09/27/2021
Country Roads Angel Network (CRAN), West Virginia’s only accredited angel investment network, signed an agreement to collaborate with Intermed Labs, LLC, a Morgantown-based innovation lab and startup studio affiliated with Mon Health System....read more
Points of Interest — and Imagination — Along West Virginia’s Midland Trail
09/27/2021
As often as I return to Stephen King’s work, my respect for his ability to take twenty-six letters of the alphabet, toss them in the air and produce indelible tales meets resistance with the recollection of his words, “Small towns harbor small imagination...read more
Making her mark: Connecticut native moves to West Virginia and starts entertainment newspaper
09/27/2021
When Christina Entenmann-Edwards moved to southern West Virginia in 2008, she had no idea what to expect....read more
daily304 - Episode 9.27.2021
09/27/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – An angel investor collaborates with a Morgantown-based innovation lab; discover history and scenic beauty along the Midland Trail; and grab your copy of Hashtag West Virginia entertainment newspaper. ...read more
Enjoy outdoor adventures and fall foliage at Cas
09/26/2021
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park‘s incredible train ride and scenic views make it one of the most iconic locations in West Virginia. ...read more
Learn more about Black Locust Woodshop
09/26/2021
Makers wanna make. Our mission is to bring the soul of Appalachia woodworking into everyday living spaces....read more
Dept. of Tourism partners with race car driver to promote West Virginia
09/26/2021
Country roads, take me home. Christian Rose Racing, LLC Is thrilled to unveil its latest partner—the West Virginia Department of Tourism....read more
daily304 - Episode 9.26.2021
09/26/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Enjoy a fall foliage train ride at Cass Scenic Railroad; Charleston’s Black Locust Woodshop provides custom creations for area homes and businesses; and Almost Heaven tourism heads to the racetrack....read more
The RailYard Come in. We’re open!
09/25/2021
The RailYard was not going to let a global pandemic derail it....read more
Small business video series launches with Monongalia County, West Virginia
09/25/2021
Positively West Virginia has released its first in a new series of videos spotlighting West Virginia small businesses....read more
Supporting Pandemic Relief in West Virginia
09/25/2021
Equus Workforce Solutions continues to support our partners and communities with COVID-19 relief initiatives....read more
daily304 - Episode 9.25.2021
09/25/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Bluefield businesses band together to help combat product shortages; a Positively West Virginia highlights attractions and Monongalia County … and the Dislocated Worker Program provides temp work to those affected by the pandemic...read more
Record Month, Record Summer Passenger Totals has NCWV Airport Officials Pleased, Looking to Expand
09/24/2021
North Central West Virginia Airport Director Rick Rock has said dozens of times over the years the best way to land new​ or additional flights from Bridgeport is to fly out of the facility....read more
Middle East has many exporting opportunities for WV businesses
09/24/2021
Whether you’re new to exporting or experienced with selling goods and services around the world, taking time to choose the correct market is one of the most important things you can do when developing a successful export strategy. ...read more
U.S. Energy Secretary Granholm: West Virginia can be 'poster child' for green energy transition
09/24/2021
West Virginia has the potential to be the “poster child” of the nation’s transition toward cleaner, greener energy, according to U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm....read more
daily304 - Episode 9.24.2021
09/24/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Bridgeport’s Airport continues to post good numbers; the West Virginia Office of Economic Development talks exporting to the Middle East; and the Mountain State looks to a “greener” future....read more
West Virginia Economic Outlook Conference
09/23/2021
Come learn more about our state’s economic future, including an in-depth discussion of the challenges that we must overcome to achieve economic prosperity and new opportunities that we see as we emerge from the COVID recession....read more
Extension agent helps with Southern West Virginia tourism efforts
09/23/2021
West Virginia State University Extension Agent Chris Zeto’s everyday duties range from community outreach and marketing assistance to explaining the history of the pepperoni roll....read more
Corsi Cabinets Invests $1.4M, Increases Plant Capacity
09/23/2021
The Corsi Group upgraded its finishing systems, and added an edgebander, spending less than $2 million in the process. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 9.23.2021
09/23/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Sign up for the WV Economic Outlook Conference in Charleston; a WVU extension agent helps promote tourism in southern West Virginia; and an Elkins woodworking facility upgrades...read more
Morgantown, West Virginia, based company creating product to aid bariatric surgeons
09/22/2021
After noticing some challenges faced by doctors during gastrointestinal surgery, Morgantown-based start-up company Endolumik is currently developing a fluorescent-based product to aid bariatric surgeons — and their patients — during procedures....read more
Grow Ohio Valley Plans New Food Hub for Wheeling
09/22/2021
Grow Ohio Valley’s organizers are hopeful the proposed Wheeling Food Hub will provide local farmers or small restaurateurs the necessary shared commercial kitchen space and tools they need to take their harvest or a special recipe dish and get it ......read more
Mining company locating first US plant in West Virginia
09/22/2021
A mining company is locating a new plant in West Virginia, bringing 47 new full-time jobs and a $10 million investment, officials said....read more
daily304 - Episode 9.22.2021
09/22/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – A doctor in Morgantown designs a new tool for bariatric surgery; farmers and commercial cooks in Wheeling will benefit from a new food hub … and more jobs are coming to West Virginia. ...read more
Aiming for the sky and beyond: WVU helps net $2 million NSF award to build international gravitational wave detection network
09/21/2021
The hunt for more evidence of gravitational waves – ripples in spacetime formed by cataclysmic events in the distant universe –...read more
Get your free WV travel guide
09/21/2021
Ready to escape the churn and burn of your daily routine and find your version of heaven?...read more
daily304 - Episode 9.21.2021
09/21/2021
A $2 million grant is designed to assist WVU scientists in space exploration … explore Almost Heaven with your free travel guide … and learn more about Jefferson County’s ROCKWOOL facility. ...read more
Entrepreneurship Ecosystem- Building a Network in West Virginia
09/20/2021
It was April 2019. There was a lot of change occurring in the state of West Virginia and in my professional life....read more
‘Space Gal’ touches down in WV to launch project for young women interested in aviation
09/20/2021
Aerospace engineer and TV personality Emily Calandrelli stopped by Yeager Airport in Charleston Friday for a special project featuring West Virginia women in aviation. ...read more
The Daily Athenaeum: A 130-year legacy with 100 years of student-led history at WVU
09/20/2021
The Daily Athenaeum, as a student-led, independent print and online publication at West Virginia University, is far more than just a workspace that incubates journalism’s next generation — it’s an epicenter of community for students and advisers alike. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 9.20.2021
09/20/2021
Aspiring entrepreneurs are encouraged to join a statewide network … “Space Gal” Emily Calandrelli launches project for women in aviation … and WVU’s Daily Athenaeum adapts with the times. ...read more
West Virginia statewide agriculture competition to reward student innovation
09/19/2021
The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University and a statewide group of partners announce the fifth-annual Student Ag Innovation Challenge to encourage problem-solving and innovation among West Virginia students interested in agriculture....read more
Southern West Virginia’s Best Kept Secrets Revealed
09/19/2021
Southern West Virginia packs a lot of punch into a small area. This corner of the Mountain State is home to one of America’s oldest resorts, our newest national park, and charming small towns that hold tasty surprises...read more
Gov. Justice announces TeMa North America $7 million expansion in Jefferson County
09/19/2021
Gov. Jim Justice announced that the Technologies and Materials North American manufacturing plant located in Jefferson County is set to add a $7 million expansion, which will double the size of the facility....read more
daily304 - Episode 9.19.2021
09/19/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – RCBI hosts a student agricultural challenge; plan an exciting trip through southern West Virginia; and more manufacturing jobs are coming to Jefferson County. ...read more
Ziplining Over the Fall Colors of West Virginia
09/18/2021
Being the third most forested state, West Virginia provides a lush tableau of colors that are especially attractive to adventure travelers. ...read more
Track Walk Photo Epic: Snowshoe World Cup DH 2021
09/18/2021
Hold onto your hats; the 2021 season all comes down to this. A double-header event at the 2019 venue of Snowshoe, West Virginia, in the US of A....read more
daily304 - Episode 9.18.2021
09/18/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Experience fall colors on a zipline canopy tour; Snowshoe hosts the final round of the World Cup; and check out the new interactive map of West Virginia hauntings....read more
daily304 – Episode 9.17.2021
09/17/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Charleston city employees to receive $750 if vaccinated; Oliverio Peppers are spotlighted on Kathy Ireland’s show; and WV BusinessLink provides resources for small business owners. ...read more
Charleston council approves $750 incentives city workers who get vaccinated
09/17/2021
City of Charleston employees who get their COVID-19 vaccines before Oct. 31 will receive a $750 incentive. ...read more
Oliverio Italian Style Peppers and Owner Mark Oliverio Part of Recent Kathy Ireland Modern Living Show
09/17/2021
In case you did not know it, Bridgeport's Mark Oliverio, the CEO and Owner of Oliverio Italian Style Peppers, Inc., was recently part of Kathy Ireland's show Modern Living....read more
daily304 – Episode 9.16.2021
09/16/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Mountain Stage host Larry Groce hands over the reins; the Nitro Police cruisers go electric; and a Nigerian athlete finds hope—and home—in West Virginia. ...read more
Mountain Stage Names Grammy Winner And West Virginia Native Kathy Mattea As New Host
09/16/2021
NPR Music and West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage today announced that Kathy Mattea will take over as the new host starting September 9....read more
Nitro Police become the first in the state to use electric cars
09/16/2021
The Nitro Police Department has made history by becoming the first West Virginia city to use electric police cars....read more
Abandoned in New York, Nigerian athlete finds home, hope in West Virginia
09/16/2021
After two years of working and saving, hoping and dreaming about life in the “land of opportunity,” 17-year-old Joseph Udoh spent his first night in America abandoned and alone......read more
daily304 – Episode 9.15.2021
09/15/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Corn Mazes and Apple Cannons, Automated Manufacturing Marvels and Whitewater Family Fun...read more
Family Fun Farm
09/15/2021
Solve corn mazes, ride down Slide Mountain, shoot apple cannons and slingshots, jump on giant jump pads. And get all the great eats and pumpkin treats you want. ...read more
Toyota West Virginia Virtual Tour
09/15/2021
Toyota West Virginia is Toyota Motor North America’s only plant to build engines, transmissions and hybrid transaxles all under one roof. ...read more
Whitewater Family Fun in West Virginia
09/15/2021
Located in Southern West Virginia, the New River Gorge is a great family road trip idea within driving distance of about half the U.S. population....read more
daily304 – Episode 9.14.2021
09/14/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – High Tech Bourbon Barrels, Autumn like nowhere else, and the WV National Guard plays pivotal role in Afghanistan - ...read more
How West Virginia Great Barrel Company Is Turning Heads in the Bourbon Industry
09/14/2021
West Virginia Great Barrel Company, is one of the most advanced cooperages in America....read more
America’s Newest National Park Does Autumn Like Nowhere Else
09/14/2021
During any given season—and definitely in the fall—there’s a long list of reasons why West Virginia has been nicknamed “Almost Heaven” by all fans of the greater outdoors, from casual leaf peepers and luxury travelers to thrill-seeking, roughing-it types....read more
WV Guard played pivotal role in Afghanistan evacuation missions
09/14/2021
Soldiers and Airmen of the West Virginia National Guard were critical components of Operation Allies Refuge, the Department of State-led project of evacuating Afghan citizens, which took place prior to the United States’ complete withdrawal from......read more
daily304 – Episode 9.13.2021
09/13/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Toyota cranks out transmission in WV, top five small business mistakes, check out this tech training opportunity with CentralApp...read more
Toyota West Virginia Cranks Out Engines and Transmission in Seconds
09/13/2021
The only place in North America that builds engines, transmissions and hybrid transaxles under one roof is Toyota West Virginia....read more
5 Common Small Business Mistakes
09/13/2021
One thing is certain, there are many mistakes a small business owner may make along their entrepreneurial journey. ...read more
CentralApp Scholarship Opportunity to Earn In-Demand Tech Certification
09/13/2021
CentralApp, a West Virginia-based company, is offering job-seekers throughout Appalachia the chance to learn high-tech skills – and launch a new career as a Salesforce-certified Administrator. ...read more
daily304 – Episode 9.12.2021
09/12/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Centurian businesses in Mon County … Ascend WV Lewisburg applications are now open … and a historic bridge gets a new life. Read more…...read more
Businesses receive Centurion Awards
09/12/2021
Secretary of State Mac Warner honored Centurion Businesses of Monongalia County with the West Virginia Centurion Chamber of Commerce Award on Tuesday morning. The award recognizes active business entities that have been in continuous operation for 100......read more
Lewisburg Ascends WV applications open
09/12/2021
Having reached the greatest heights of business success in Silicon Valley and beyond, Brad Smith could not escape the magnetic pull of his home state. One thing became clear: West Virginia was drawing him back to the mountains that made him. With the......read more
Historic Wheeling Bridge to be restored
09/12/2021
Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Division of Highways have announced that a project to repair and rehabilitate the historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge at Wheeling, West Virginia, has been awarded. Advantage Steel & Construction was awarded a......read more
daily304 – Episode 9.11.2021
09/11/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Today, we pause, remember and honor the unfathomable loss of September 11, 2001 Read more…...read more
September 11th Memorial
09/11/2021
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum will lead the nation, and the world, as we mark the passage of two decades since the day that changed our lives forever. The focus of our commemoration will be the reading of the names by family members......read more
Wheeling Heritage selected for large historic revitalization grant
09/10/2021
Wheeling Heritage has been selected as a Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant winner. Officials are hoping that money can help bring more people to the Friendly City. The $750,000 grant will provide funding at certain structures throughout......read more
Follow This Abandoned Railroad Trail For One Of The Most Unique Hikes In West Virginia
09/10/2021
In a state full of rail trails, the famed North Bend Rail Trail offers hikers, bikers, and equestrians one of the most unforgettable experiences ever. This almost 72-mile trail follows the grade of a railroad line that dates back over 150 years......read more
West Virginia businesses could see up to 25% reduction in unemployment insurance costs next year
09/10/2021
West Virginia businesses could see a reduction of unemployment insurance costs by up to 25% next year, the Office of Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday. The state added $220 million to the state's unemployment trust fund, allowing WorkForce......read more
daily304 – Episode 9.10.2021
09/10/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Wheeling gets $750,000 in grant money for revitalization; there’s lots to explore on the 72-mile North Bend Rail Trail; and West Virginia businesses could see a reduction in unemployment insurance costs. Read more…...read more
Ten West Virginians Named as Inaugural Cohort for Statewide Community & Economic Development Leadership Initiative
09/10/2021
CHARLESTON, WV - The WV Community Development Hub is announcing the inaugural cohort for the advanced-level track of the Community Coaching Fellowship program. Ten people from across the state will participate in this leadership development initiative......read more
West Virginia offered $12,000 to remote workers looking to relocate – there were so many applicants that the state is giving them all $2,500 off their mortgage
09/09/2021
Earlier this year, the state of West Virginia offered remote workers $US12,000 ($AU16,287) in cash if they relocated there for two years. Unsurprisingly, it was flooded with applications. The talent attraction and retention program, dubbed Ascend West......read more
West Virginia Department of Tourism releases fall foliage map
09/09/2021
The West Virginia Department of Tourism has released its fall foliage map for 2021. In our area Monongalia, Marion, Taylor, and Harrison counties will see the leaves change in late October. Preston, Tucker, Randolph, and Webster counties will see the......read more
daily304 - Episode 9.9.2021
09/09/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Ascend WV offers mortgage payment to all applicants;Yummy Appalachian Cuisine; Check out the fall foliage map and start planning your Almost Heaven road trip. Read more…...read more
daily304 - Episode 9.8.2021
09/08/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Jobcase provides free job postings for West Virginia businesses; find your perfect fishing destination in Almost Heaven; and the Summit Bechtel Reserve hosts science camp for area students. Read more…...read more
Expert shares “The Best Fishing Spots in West Virginia”
09/08/2021
West Virginia is usually considered one of the states that offer the best scenic views in the country, and for a good reason—its rolling mountains, valleys, and hills earned it the moniker "The Mountain State"......read more
Local students learn in less traditional classroom setting
09/08/2021
Some 65 middle school-age students relocated their classrooms to the great outdoors this week in Fayette County. The students, including about 25 total representing Oak Hill and Midland Trail middle schools, participated in the second West Virginia......read more
West Virginia and Jobcase – A partnership to boost hiring
09/08/2021
The state of West Virginia has partnered with Jobcase – a social media platform with over 120 million members – to help make hiring easier and more successful for West Virginia businesses. Jobcase is providing......read more
daily304 - Episode 9.7.2021
09/07/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Take a road trip and discover charming small towns; find four businesses are the recipient of $6 million in economic development loans; and the first class of Ascend West Virginia prepares to relocate to Morgantown. Read more…...read more
Check Out These Charming Small Towns in Almost Heaven
09/07/2021
There’s something about visiting a small town to remind you of what’s really valuable in life. And this stretch, from Lewisburg up to Marlinton, is sure to give you that pure, heartwarming experience. Let the stunning parks of this region amaze you and......read more
WVEDA announces $6 million in economic development loans
09/07/2021
The West Virginia Economic Development Authority Board of Directors approved more than $6 million in loans to four businesses at its August meeting on Thursday. Loans were granted to businesses in Greenbrier, Nicholas, Mercer and Tucker counties......read more
Ascend West Virginia announces inaugural class of remote workers
09/07/2021
Ascend West Virginia, the nation’s premiere talent attraction and retention program, today announced its inaugural class will soon pack their bags for Morgantown, the program’s first host city. Founded by West Virginia native Brad D. Smith and his wife......read more
daily304 - Episode 9.6.2021
09/06/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – WV Tech Park is a premier research and technology center; DataRobot makes a prestigious top 100 list; and Jobcase provides free job listings for your company. Read more…...read more
The WV Tech Park helps MATRIC satisfy the needs of its customers.
09/06/2021
The West Virginia Regional Technology Park, located in South Charleston, West Virginia, is a premier research and technology center contributing to the Mountain State’s technological leadership, business innovation, and scientific discovery......read more
DataRobot is Named to the 2021 Forbes Cloud 100
09/06/2021
DataRobot, a leader in Augmented Intelligence, has been named to the Forbes 2021 Cloud 100, the definitive ranking of the top 100 private cloud companies in the world, published by Forbes in partnership with Bessemer Venture Partners and Salesforce......read more
West Virginia and Jobcase – A partnership to boost hiring
09/06/2021
The state of West Virginia has partnered with Jobcase – a social media platform with over 120 million members – to help make hiring easier and more successful for West Virginia businesses. Jobcase is providing......read more
The ‘dos and don’ts’ of business expansion
09/05/2021
Running a company is no easy feat. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. It takes courage to start and grow a business. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration1, there are approximately 113,779 small businesses in West Virginia......read more
Bruceton breweries offer fun and local color
09/05/2021
With autumn quickly approaching you may find yourself Googling “brewery tours” or “fall foliage and craft beer.” Whatever your plans entail, while the weather is still nice, I highly suggest heading to Preston County to visit what I like to call......read more
Visiting the New River Gorge? Round Out Your Trip with a Visit to These State Parks
09/05/2021
The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve provides incredible outdoor recreation opportunities and stunning landscapes but did you know nearby several West Virginia State Parks await to be discovered? In fact, these state parks offer cozy......read more
daily304 - Episode 9.5.2021
09/05/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – The WV SBDC offers dos and don’ts for expanding a business; meet Preston County’s oldest and newest breweries; and plan a visit to these state parks while you’re in the New River Gorge. Read more…...read more
7 WV state parks to visit when you need a getaway with your animal companion
09/04/2021
7 WV state parks to visit when you need a getaway with your animal companion With hundreds of miles of trails and dozens of mountain streams to splash in, West Virginia’s state parks and forests are a great place to visit when you’re traveling with......read more
Brothers combine knowledge of firearms, innovation to launch family business with RCBI assistance
09/04/2021
Brothers Ethan and Jonathan Collins have been interested in weaponry since they were very young. One might say obsessed, according to Ethan. As children growing up in Calhoun County, they even fashioned toy guns from items such as gate hinges and rebar......read more
Big tree hunting: a fun way to carry out the serious work of documenting
09/04/2021
The next time you walk into the woods, look for forest giants. These are the tallest or widest and often oldest trees standing. The West Virginia Division of Forestry invites the public to take their measure and report their location for the state’s......read more
daily304 - Episode 9.4.2021
09/04/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Plan a pup-friendly getaway at a West Virginia state park; RCBI helps launch a family firearms business; and foresters seek submissions for the Big Tree Registry. Read more…...read more
Aviation Maintenance Technology Program lands jet engine donation
09/03/2021
The soon-to-launch Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) Program, a Marshall University/Mountwest Community & Technical College joint venture, received a literal turbo boost in August with the donation of four jet engines by an Indiana-based aviation......read more
New Wheeling Artisan Center Location Now Open at Oglebay Park
09/03/2021
A new era began at the Carriage House Glass building at Oglebay Park Thursday when the ribbon was cut to officially open the new Wheeling Artisan Center Shop there. It’s a secondary location for the Artisan Center Shop, which will continue to operate......read more
WV RAISE provides customized market research to improve exporting success
09/03/2021
Exporting is one of the best ways for a growing company to find new customers, but entering a new market can be difficult if you don’t know where to start. That’s why we recommend investing in market research to identify the best countries for your......read more
daily304 - Episode 9.3.2021
09/03/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – The new Marshall-Mountwest aviation program receives jet engine donations; the Artisan Shop opens at Oglebay Park; and the WV RAISE Initiative provides market research for exporters. Read more…...read more
Worldwide leaders in competitive obstacle course racing come to the Summit-Bechtel Reserve
09/02/2021
Spartan Races have been testing competitors on endurance, agility, and warrior-like strength since 2010. Now growing to over 250 annual events across more than 42 countries, one of the Spartan obstacle course races is being held right here at home......read more
State encouraging landowners to apply for Wild Yard certification
09/02/2021
The program, which has 300 members around the state, recognizes the efforts of landowners who landscape for wildlife use, according to Jim Fregonara, a wildlife biologist for the division. "We want to encourage private citizens, whether they have a......read more
BusinessLink offers assistance to West Virginia small businesses
09/02/2021
West Virginia BusinessLink’s mission is to help small businesses thrive. We provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with free, easy access to the vital assistance, resources, and information they need—when they need it. Learn more......read more
daily304 - Episode 9.2.2021
09/02/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – The Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve hosts Spartan Races; apply for Wild Yard certification; and BusinessLink aims to help small businesses thrive. Read more…...read more
daily304 - Episode 9.1.2021
09/01/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – West Virginia Forestry firefighters provide resources to western states; Morgantown’s “people mover” is back, with improvements; and businesses are finding creative new uses for old coal mine land. Read more…...read more
West Virginia Forestry crews respond to a new season of wildfires
09/01/2021
West Virginia’s peak fire season came to a close. Out West, it was just getting started Hot, dry conditions are expected to fuel risks of a brutal fire season. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 92% of western states are experiencing some level of......read more
Pushing 50, WVU’s PRT is still a rare species of people mover
09/01/2021
It hasn’t seemed quite like our Morgantown for the past year-plus without PRT cars whisshing by on their tracks all day long. WVU’s Personal Rapid Transit system closed down on April 3, 2020, for COVID-19 and didn’t start running again until August 2......read more
West Virginia Creates Jobs Farming Lavender at Former Coal Mines
09/01/2021
Charles Bowman’s hands used to be stained black with coal after work. Now, they smell like lavender. He is one of about 85 employees at Appalachian Botanical, a company that cultivates lavender on a former surface mine. Instead of coal, the company......read more
daily304 - Episode 8.31.2021
08/31/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – A Charleston IT company helps an Italian-based company reuse discarded plastics; Forestry hosts a workshop for women landowners; and learn more about the Classrom2Career education summit. Read more…...read more
Advantage Technology helps an Italian company reuse discarded plastics
08/31/2021
​In 2018, Italian company, TeMa Technologies & Materials, began construction on a 42,000-square-foot facility in the small community of Kearneysville, WV. This facility would manufacture the same construction materials as the mother company, using......read more
Registration open for "Women Owning Woodlands" weekend
08/31/2021
Women landowners who wish to learn more about forestry in West Virginia and network with other women involved in woodlands management can now register for the W.Va. Division of Forestry's "Women Owning Woodlands" workshop. The event led by women......read more
West Virginia Entrepreneurship Education Collaborative hosts Classroom2Career Summit
08/31/2021
WV Entrepreneurship Education Collaborative includes representatives from The EdVenture Group, Marshall University, West Virginia Department of Education, and West Virginia University. Join us for the inaugural Classroom2Career Summit, where we'll......read more
daily304 - Episode 8.30.2021
08/30/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Find out why West Virginia is a great place to grow a business; students, educators and others work together to brighten the future of Appalachian youth; and elk tours are back this fall. Read more…...read more
Quality of Life: Working Where It’s Great To Live
08/30/2021
The coronavirus pandemic has forced everyone to rethink just about everything we do. It also has accelerated tectonic shifts in our cultural landscape, mostly for the better. We’re not going to use the word “woke”—which has become a political......read more
Education, Job Training and A Future -- Pointing A Path Forward for Young People in W.Va.
08/30/2021
In this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we talk with students, educators, life coaches and psychologists about what can help more young people stay in school and get trained so they can get jobs. And -- stay in Appalachia. We meet Sharell Harmon......read more
WV State Parks announces return of guided elk viewing tours at Tomblin WMA
08/30/2021
Wildlife enthusiasts and outdoor lovers who want a chance to see the Mountain State’s growing elk herd up close and in a natural setting can now book a seat on a guided elk viewing tour organized by West Virginia State Parks. On Thursday, the state......read more
daily304 - Episode 8.29.2021
08/29/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Gingseng harvest season begins Sept. 1; a West Virginia native will be overseeing recovery efforts in coal country; and FASTER WV gets a new business launch specialist. Read more…...read more
West Virginia’s 2021 ginseng season starts Sept. 1
08/29/2021
Ginseng harvest season opens Wednesday, Sept. 1, and continues through Tuesday, Nov. 30. Observing the legal season and regulations helps preserve Appalachia’s endangered wild ginseng. Harvesting pulls up the ginseng root, ending the plant’s ability to......read more
Biden tapped this West Virginia scientist to help coal country, but can clean tech bring jobs?
08/29/2021
Brian Anderson grew up in West Virginia, seeing the coal industry slowly decline to the point of utter collapse in recent years......read more
WV SBDC appoints Tyler Brandstetter as FASTER WV Business Launch specialist
08/29/2021
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC), a division of the West Virginia Department of Economic Development, names Tyler Brandstetter as FASTER WV Business Launch specialist. FASTER WV stands for Fostering Advantages for Startups......read more
Tips that will help you landscape for wildlife
08/28/2021
Whether you live on a farm, a quarter-acre suburban lot or in a city apartment, you can provide habitat for wildlife....read more
Huntington Museum of Art to expand trail system
08/28/2021
Federal funding has been secured to help the Huntington Museum of Art complete a nature trail on its property that’s accessible to all....read more
Risks and rewards weighed in state's fintech sandbox development
08/28/2021
In March 2020, the West Virginia Legislature passed House Bill 4621, establishing a regulatory sandbox to enable companies normally requiring licensure to test their financial product or service for up to 24 months....read more
daily304 - Episode 8.28.2021
08/28/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Learn how to landscape your yard to benefit wildlife; grant money will allow expansion of a trail system at a Huntington museum; and risks and rewards are weighed in the state’s fintech development. Read more…...read more
West Virginia's online business portal hits 1 million transactions
08/27/2021
A web portal that accesses business services offered by a range of West Virginia state agencies recently recorded its 1 millionth transaction, said West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner...read more
Watch Homegrown Foodways in West Virginia: “Foraging and Relations”
08/27/2021
On Wednesday, August 18 at noon EST on the American Folklife Center’s Facebook page, we premiered our first film in the Homegrown Foodways in West Virginia series, featuring Dr. Jonathan Hall on foraging and relations. ...read more
West Virginia Resource Center
08/27/2021
Interested in living and working in the next best thing to Heaven? Then say “yes” to a career in West Virginia! ...read more
daily304 - Episode 8.27.2021
08/27/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – West Virginia’s online portal speeds up business transactions; a Homegrown Foodways video examines foraging and race relations; and find your Almost Heaven career at Jobcase. Read more…...read more
The Return of Fall Festivities in West Virginia
08/26/2021
The arrival of autumn in West Virginia is marked by a chill in the air, changing leaves and the celebration of harvests and haunts. ...read more
Creekyoneering: Misadventures in West Virginia’s wildest drainages
08/26/2021
My legs tightly straddle a downed hemlock as I inch my way up the trunk....read more
Montgomery and Smithers: A community case study
08/26/2021
In Montgomery and Smithers, two towns formed a unique partnership to collaborate for success....read more
daily304 - Episode 8.26.2021
08/26/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Fall festivals are making a comeback; “creekyoneering” becomes the canyoneering of the East; and two cities join forces to recruit travelers to and from the New River Gorge. Read more…...read more
Dinner and a show Branson style in Randolph County
08/25/2021
In Elkins, West Virginia, you don’t have to choose between a delicious down-home meal or an entertaining show. Enjoy the best of both worlds at The Gandy Dancer Theatre. Featuring group performances from well-rounded local musicians and dancers......read more
Hike #16: Bear Rocks to Raven Ridge to Dobbin Grade to Beaver View Trail (Dolly Sods Wilderness)
08/25/2021
Hike #16 took me and my hiking partner, Rose, to a beautiful bit of wilderness in Monongahela National Forest, near Elkins, West Virginia, called Dolly Sods. The National Forest in its entirety will suck you in. But, Dolly Sods holds a special place in......read more
Fairmont, West Virginia, based NASA IV&V Facility supporting three space launches this fall
08/25/2021
NASA’s Katherine Johnson Independent Verification & Validation Facility in Fairmont is supporting three big space launches set to happen this fall, from the continuation of the Artemis project to a 12-year mission to the orbit of Jupiter......read more
daily304 - Episode 8.25.2021
08/25/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Gandy Dancer Theatre features Branson-style dinner shows; discover why Dolly Sods is Almost Heaven; and a NASA facility in Fairmont is gearing up for three big space launches. Read more…...read more
Discover Pipestem Adventures
08/24/2021
Looking for an adrenaline rush or just some family fun, Pipestem Adventures is your destination....read more
Freedom Festival comes to the Summit Bechtel Reserve
08/24/2021
Freedom and Adventure are coming together September 10-12th at The Summit Bechtel Reserve! ...read more
Book your fall rafting trip
08/24/2021
Gauley Season starts in just a few days!...read more
daily304 - Episode 8.24.2021
08/24/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Discover adrenaline-charged outdoor fun at Pipestem Adventures; the Summit Bechtel hosts West Virginia’s inaugural Freedom Festival; and book your fall rafting trip on the Gauley River....read more
Discover Charleston, W.Va.
08/23/2021
Welcome to Charleston, West Virginia. Here you'll find the best of both worlds....read more
Destination WV: Check out the Elk River Trail for new exploring and adventuring!
08/23/2021
Got the itch to explore? A newly designated trail system in West Virginia is taking wild and wonderful to a new level and is just waiting on you to explore....read more
West Virginia Black Heritage Festival to be held in September
08/23/2021
The mission of the West Virginia Black Heritage Festival is to “promote the African-American experience while addressing the many milestones that our forefathers have made since the Emancipation Proclamation.”...read more
daily304 - Episode 8.23.2021
08/23/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Tech giant N3 is hiring in Charleston; explore 37 miles of the Elk River Trail; and the WV Black Heritage Festival comes to Clarksburg in September....read more
Off-road vehicle reps tour Hatfield-McCoy Trail system
08/22/2021
In an area where coal used to be the main source of the economy, a new industry has come into the mountains of southern West Virginia....read more
West Virginia itinerary: Appalachian heritage and modern ingenuity meet in Huntington
08/22/2021
Nestled along the scenic Ohio River, Huntington was first settled as a main hub for the railroad industry. ...read more
Do three legendary monsters inhabit the Monongahela River?
08/22/2021
Far from the city lights that shimmer about its mouth in downtown Pittsburgh, the Monongahela River arises more than 200 miles to the south among some of the most remote reaches in the Appalachian Mountains....read more
daily304 - Episode 8.22.2021
08/22/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Officials see off-roading as a big draw for vehicle manufacturers; check out this itinerary of unique offerings in Huntington; and old-timers share tales of river monsters on the Monongahela....read more
Generation WV names new executive director
08/21/2021
The incoming executive director of Generation West Virginia says she wants to engage young professionals statewide, not just in the Capital City....read more
WVU President, students visit Welch on Country Roads Scholars Tour
08/21/2021
Faculty and students from West Virginia University recently toured McDowell County. ...read more
Interested in living and working in the next best thing to Heaven?
08/21/2021
Then say “yes” to a career in West Virginia! Learn more about the benefits of living and working in the Mountain State. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 8.21.2021
08/21/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Generation West Virginia’s new director sets her sights on statewide level; WVU officials oversee recreational improvements in McDowell County; and, visit Jobcase to find your next career in Almost Heaven...read more
daily304 - Episode 8.20.2021
08/20/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Jobs abound in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle; infrastructure investment will lead to major improvements in the Mountain State; and registration is open for a free virtual summit on craft beer....read more
West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle is primed for growth
08/20/2021
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 Wetze...read more
Sen. Joe Manchin: Infrastructure Bill Has Big Benefits for West Virginia
08/20/2021
West Virginia is home to rolling hills, roaring rivers, and vast forests that make our state Almost Heaven....read more
Craft: A Farm to Bottle Summit
08/20/2021
The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University, Brilliant Stream and the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition will host a statewide virtual summit August 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to discuss strategies for strengthening and expanding the craft.....read more
Gestamp returns to pre-pandemic employee levels, looking for more workers
08/19/2021
After hitting a rough patch, a South Charleston plant is looking for workers again....read more
Mercer Street Grassroots District redefined
08/19/2021
We often think of being creative as a solo act, something we do by ourselves – painting pictures, composing songs, writing stories. ...read more
Wildlife Center wolf pups delight visitors
08/19/2021
When Trevor Moore became the new wildlife biologist managing the West Virginia State Wildlife Center at French Creek for the Division of Natural Resources in January, the WVDNR’s first directive to him consisted of two words: “Get wolves.”...read more
daily304 - Episode 8.19.2021
08/19/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – The Gestamp plant in South Charleston is hiring; an arts collective brings color to Princeton’s Mercer Street district; and visitors flock to see wolf pups at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center....read more
AARP, Toyota collaborate to providing vehicle to Putnam Aging for vaccine outreach
08/18/2021
AARP and Toyota Motor North America have teamed up to provide a helping hand to homebound West Virginians struggling in the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering a vehicle to Putnam County Aging Program, Inc. that will support the aging services provider’s......read more
Once in a blue moon
08/18/2021
Sometimes, things just don’t work out. Try hard we might, the complex physics of nature are simply out of our control...read more
W.Va. Office of Minority Affairs launches statewide listening tour
08/18/2021
The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA) is embarking on a statewide listening tour to hear what communities need and how the state’s American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) allocation can help....read more
daily304 - Episode 8.18.2021
08/18/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – An AARP and Toyota collaboration leads to a new vehicle for Putnam seniors; photographers and slackliners collaborate on a photo attempt at Seneca Rocks; and the Minority Affairs Office wants to hear from West Virginians....read more
Hal Greer statue to be unveiled during MU homecoming weekend
08/17/2021
A statue of Huntington and Marshall University legend Hal Greer is set to be unveiled during homecoming weekend this fall....read more
Renovation makes former hot spot Coolfont Resort a cool place to be again
08/17/2021
The Berkeley Springs Resort, which initially operated from 1965 to 2006, is open again for business...read more
New guard air chief flying into role
08/17/2021
At the end of July, newly promoted Brig. Gen. David Cochran assumed command of the West Virginia Air National Guard....read more
daily304 - Episode 8.17.2021
08/17/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Marshall University is set to unveil its new Cam Henderson statue on homecoming weekend; a former hot spot in Berkeley Springs is cool again; and the new commander of the WV Air National Guard discusses his hopes and goals....read more
$1.3 Million Dollar Federal Grant Announced to Stimulate Job Growth for 9-County Advantage Valley Region
08/17/2021
Charleston - Huntington, WV. August 17, 2021— The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration has announced a $1.3 million dollar grant to Advantage Valley Inc. ...read more
Request for Comment Regarding Unserved Areas issued to improve understanding of broadband in WV
08/16/2021
The West Virginia Department of Economic Development (WVDED), the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council and the State Broadband Office are working together to improve their understanding of broadband connectivity in West Virginia....read more
WVU scientist earns $2.5 million to help pump the brakes on diesel emissions
08/16/2021
As part of a U.S. Department of Energy initiative to slash carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles, one West Virginia University engineer will target heavy-duty diesel engines....read more
daily304 - Episode 8.16.2021
08/16/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – The 31st annual Great Kanawha River Cleanup set for Saturday, Sept. 18… officials study ways to improve broadband in West Virginia … a WVU expert weighs in on fuel efficiency....read more
BridgeValley Community and Technical College to host Open House at both the South Charleston and Montgomery campuses
08/15/2021
BridgeValley Community and Technical College (BVCTC) is hosting Open Houses at two of its campuses, giving prospective students and their families the opportunity to learn more about the educational opportunities available at the institution....read more
Hyperloop included in landmark bipartisan infrastructure bill; plans certification center in West Virginia
08/15/2021
On Tuesday, the United States Senate passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which includes provisions that will support further development and deployment of hyperloop. ...read more
WVSP Adventure Challenge: 3 adventures you don’t want to miss this summer
08/15/2021
The end of summer is almost here and time is running out to participate in our first ever Ultimate Adventurer Challenge....read more
daily304 - Episode 8.15.2021
08/15/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Curious about courses offered at BridgeValley? The community college is hosting open houses at its South Charleston and Montgomery campuses; the upcoming Virgin Hyperloop gets good news regarding federal funding; and plan your last-...read more
Volunteers blaze hiking, bike paths in Hurricane
08/14/2021
In a partnership with private property owners, volunteers are developing 26 miles of bike and hiking trails near the Hurricane City Park off Teays Valley Road....read more
Our State Fair of West Virginia Foodie Guide
08/14/2021
The State Fair of West Virginia is home to more than carnival rides and unbeatable concerts–each year food options ranging from breakfast to dinner, as well as a wide selection even of irresistible desserts, can be found on the fairgrounds....read more
Organizers expect record crowds for Jane Lew Firemen's Arts & Crafts Festival Labor Day weekend
08/14/2021
The ever popular Jane Lew Fireman’s Arts & Crafts Festival will be held this Labor Day weekend also, from Sept. 3-5....read more
daily304 - Episode 8.14.2021
08/14/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Putnam County’s trail system is gaining 26 miles; the State Fair showcases a wide range of tasty treats; and the Jane Lew Fireman’s Arts & Crafts Festival features more than 250 vendors. ...read more
West Virginia's Glenville State College recognized for environmental management degree program
08/13/2021
Glenville State College has been recognized as an institution offering one of the Best Bachelor’s Degrees in environmental management, according to Study.com....read more
7 Thrilling Outdoor Adventures in West Virginia
08/13/2021
West Virginia is a place where both outdoor enthusiasts and those who want to simply play like a kid again can find a little joy. ...read more
Leonhardt: West Virginia agri-businesses weather worst of COVID-19 pandemic
08/13/2021
While nearly all businesses in West Virginia have struggled over the last 18 months as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the state, West Virginia’s farmers and food producers were able to improvise, adapt, and overcome....read more
daily304 - Episode 8.13.2021
08/13/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Glenville State College’s environmental study programs earn national recognition; check out some epic outdoor adventures to add to your West Virginia bucket list; and state agri-businesses weather the worst of the pandemic....read more
West Virginia Has Amazing Fall Foliage — Here Are the Best Places to See It
08/12/2021
When it comes to fall foliage, few places can rival West Virginia....read more
After year off, Jackson's Mill Jubilee returns with full schedule Labor Day weekend
08/12/2021
The 46th annual Jackson’s Mill Jubilee will be held this year over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-5....read more
Treasured Island: ‘Blennerhassetts’ documentary debuting at end of August
08/12/2021
Blennerhassett Island is part of the fabric of the Mid-Ohio Valley, but residents around West Virginia and beyond will soon have the chance to become more familiar with its sights and stories....read more
daily304 - Episode 8.12.2021
08/12/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Check out five Almost Heaven locations to add to your fall leaf-peeping bucket list; Jackson’s Mill Jubilee returns Labor Day Weekend; and a new documentary debuts about Blennerhassett Island....read more
WVDEP's Great Kanawha River Cleanup set for Sep 18, 2021
08/12/2021
CHARLESTON, WV – The 31st annual Great Kanawha River Cleanup, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan’s (REAP) Make It Shine program, is set for Saturday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m...read more
Foam at the Dome returns to Charleston in October
08/11/2021
Foam at the Dome, Charleston’s largest craft beer festival, returns to the city Oct. 9, this time to the intersection of Washington Street East and Elizabeth Street on the city’s East End....read more
Port operation key to Frontier redevelopment plans
08/11/2021
The reopening of long-dormant mooring cells along the Ohio River in Weirton will be key to plans the Frontier Group of Companies has for the former steel-making property it has been working to redevelop in the city....read more
Climbing a Via Ferrata in West Virginia: Crazy Fun or Just Plain Crazy?
08/11/2021
I'll admit it: I found myself stifling a laugh as I watched back some GoPro video my husband Elliot had filmed while climbing a via ferrata route in West Virginia....read more
daily304 - Episode 8.11.2021
08/11/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Foam at the Dome returns to Charleston this fall; city planners express excitement at redevelopment on Weirton’s port; and follow along as an adventurous blogger tackles the via ferrata rock climb at NROCKS. Read more…...read more
Accelerator exposes apprentices to rewarding manufacturing careers
08/10/2021
Apprentices are getting a head start on careers in manufacturing through the Manufacturing Tech Accelerator at RCBI....read more
High Hopes for McLure Hotel in Downtown Wheeling
08/10/2021
A downtown Wheeling landmark is officially under new ownership, and no time has been wasted to begin writing a new chapter in the rich history of the hotel known by most people as The McLure House....read more
West Virginia Northern Community College Expands Criminal Justice Program
08/10/2021
The public shouldn’t be alarmed if they drive past the West Virginia Northern Community College campus in downtown Wheeling this fall, they see caution tape and people are investigating what appears to be a crime scene....read more
daily304 - Episode 8.10.2021
08/10/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – The Robert C. Byrd Institute offers a free apprenticeship program; Wheeling’s McLure House is getting a major overhaul; and West Virginia Northern Community College debuts a crime scene investigations class. ...read more
West Virginians are redefining our state
08/09/2021
For too long, who and what it means to be a West Virginian has been defined for us. It’s time to redefine the Mountain State in our own words and in the eyes of the world. ...read more
Excitement Builds Around Growth at Centre Market in Wheeling
08/09/2021
Excitement surrounding Centre Market Sundays is picking up steam, and Wheeling officials are hopeful that special events and expanded business hours become part of the continuing effort to shine a brighter spotlight on the historic area that has become......read more
daily304 - Episode 8.9.2021
08/09/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Learn how real West Virginians are making a difference in their communities; Centre Market Sundays highlight retail and entertainment in Wheeling; and the Mountain State earns a top ranking in business climate. ...read more
White-water rafting, adventure awaits at New River Gorge, the nation’s newest national park
08/08/2021
​By the time our bus arrived at the put-in spot for my first white-water rafting trip, I was convinced the guide was speaking only to me when he advised there was no shame in turning back......read more
Largest solar project for nonprofit organization in West Virginia nearly complete
08/08/2021
A 376-solar panel project at Coalfield Development’s West Edge Factory in the Westmoreland area of Huntington is the largest for a nonprofit organization in West Virginia......read more
Destination WV: West Virginia State Wildlife Center
08/08/2021
FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. — For this week’s stop on our Destination West Virginia segment, we are going to the West Virginia State Wildlife Center located in French Creek in Upshur County. The State Wildlife Center is a perfect place to visit if you like to......read more
daily304 - Episode 8.8.2021
08/08/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – A reporter experiences her first whitewater rafting trip in West Virginia’s new national park; a 376-panel solar installation is the state’s largest; and we find out what all there is to see and do at the West Virginia State......read more
Mountain Stage To Present At The Kennedy Center
08/07/2021
West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s live performance radio show "Mountain Stage" has accepted an invitation to present at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. on Sunday, October 24, in the prestigious venue’s Concert......read more
West Virginia state parks coupon books for sale
08/07/2021
Coupon books are now available offering discounts on lodging, dining, activities and merchandise at West Virginia state parks......read more
Pick up forest FUNdamentals with outdoor games this summer
08/07/2021
With family-friendly games and activities from the West Virginia Division of Forestry, you can learn something while having fun......read more
daily304 - Episode 8.7.2021
08/07/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Kathy Mattea hosts a special Mountain Stage performance at the Kennedy Center; coupon books offer big savings on lodging, dining and activities at WV state parks - YesWV… and check out these fun and educational nature activities......read more