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Our Mission

The BDC is the engine that drives economic development in the Brooke-Hancock Region. By leveraging public and private resources, we are the catalysts for creating and maintaining a diverse economy. The BDC produces the leadership required to stimulate investments and coordinate partnerships to foster the creation of good jobs and enhance the quality of life in the Tri-State region.

The Business Development Corporation

In 1993, the five existing economic development organizations in Brooke and Hancock Counties were consolidated to form a single organization dedicated to creating jobs and encouraging economic investment in the northern panhandle. The county commissions appointed board members and provided funds to the new organization. These funds were matched by the West Virginia Development Office.

Chartered as a 501-C3 (private, not for profit) organization, the BDC has established Brooke and Hancock Counties as a Certified Development Community. We continue to expand the economic development capabilities within the two counties. Certification shows the business community that the region is prepared for their expansion or relocation.

Location: The State of West Virginia is centrally located in the eastern United States, between Chicago in the Midwest, Atlanta in the Southeast, and New York in the Northeast. Over 50% of the US population, 33% of the Canadian population, and nearly 60% of the US industry are within same-day delivery.

Savings: According to the Milken Institute Cost of Doing Business Index, West Virginia's cost of doing business is 13% lower than the United States average.

  • West Virginia has among the lowest industrial electricity rates in the United States.

People: In a number of employer surveys, West Virginia workers are continuously given high marks for productivity, quality work, low absenteeism, a strong work ethic, and low turnover.

  • West Virginia has the 2nd lowest manufacturing employee turnover rate, according to the US Census Bureau.