Regional Resources

Not sure where to start? These regional organizations might be a good starting point.

Click on each organization below to expand list of funds, and click on each fund name in red to visit the website.


West Virginia Economic Development Council

The West Virginia Economic Development Council was created to bring the various economic development professionals and organizations from around the state together to share and collaborate on common programs and issues. WVEDC promotes activities to retain and expand current business and industry in West Virginia and to attract new business and industry to West Virginia.

Search for your regional representative by typing in your city or county here.


West Virginia Hub

The WV Hub is a statewide, non-profit organization that helps communities come together to set goals for their future and connects them to the rich network of resources they need to meet those goals. They offer a resource network for training, building infrastructures, developing small businesses, reclaiming abandoned buildings, finding funding for projects.


WV Regional Planning and Development Councils (RPDCs)

Each of the 11 regional planning and development councils below were established by West Virginia law to provide comprehensive planning for the individual service area. Each council typically works closely with local Economic Development Authorities, Public Service Districts, and other local organizations throughout the region.

The regional councils use federal, state, and local funding to assist with projects concerning employment, industry, housing, health, recreation, and environmental protection, to promote stability, growth and progress in West Virginia. They offer services such as technical assistance, grant writing, project administration and special services, such as surveys, census report updates, site inspections of potential business location or development, and intergovernmental reviews, to avoid duplication.

Click on your region’s planning & development to contact them and learn more.

REGION I PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Counties: MCDOWELL, MERCER, MONROE, SUMMERS, RALEIGH, WYOMING
City: Princeton

REGION II PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Counties: CABELL, LINCOLN, LOGAN, MASON, MINGO, WAYNE
City: Huntington

REGION III PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Regional Intergovernmental Council
Counties: BOONE, CLAY, KANAWHA, PUTNAM
City: South Charleston

REGION IV PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Counties: FAYETTE, GREENBRIER, NICHOLAS, POCAHONTAS, WEBSTER
City: Summersville

REGION V PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council)
Counties: CALHOUN, JACKSON, PLEASANTS, RITCHIE, ROANE, TYLER, WIRT, WOOD
City: Parkersburg

REGION VI PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Counties: MARION, TAYLOR, MONONGALIA, PRESTON, HARRISON, DODDRIDGE
City: White Hall

REGION VII PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Counties: BARBOUR, GILMER, LEWIS, RANDOLPH, BRAXTON, TUCKER, UPSHUR
City: Buckhannon

REGION VIII PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Counties: GRANT, HAMPSHIRE, HARDY, MINERAL, PENDLETON
City: Petersburg

REGION IX PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Eastern Panhandle
Counties: BERKELEY, JEFFERSON, MORGAN
City: Martinsburg

REGION X PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Belomar Regional Council
Counties: BELMONT COUNTY, OH, OHIO, MARSHALL, WETZEL COUNTIES, WV
City: Wheeling

REGION XI PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Brooke Hancock Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission
City: Weirton


Habitat For Humanity

For information about Habitat for Humanity’s work in your area, please contact one of the affiliate organizations listed on their website. Also included are locations of their ReStores, which are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.


Central Appalachia Empowerment Zone - Clay, Braxton, Fayette, Nocholas, Roane Counties

The Central Appalachia Empowerment Zone (CAEZ) serves Clay County and portions of Braxton, Fayette, Nicholas and Roane Counties.

Offers tax incentives, grants, loans, and technical assistance.

Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO)

Eligibility: Home owner in Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Nicholas, and Roane Counties
Funding used for: Construct new, affordable, energy efficient, single family housing for low to moderate income families in this (5) county service area.
Fund description: Loan
Deadline: Available year-round.

Home Repair Revolving Fund Loan Program

Eligibility: Home owner in Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Nicholas, and Roane Counties
Funding used for: Projects which improve the health and safety features of area housing.
Fund description: Loan, min $250, max $10,000.
Additional information: Contact mbodkins@caez-wv.org or 304-587-2034.
Deadline: Available year-round.

Small Business Micro Loan

Eligibility: Small business
Funding used for: Bridge financing to purchase a business, open a new business, or need to expand your current business
Fund description: Loan
Additional information: Contact mbodkins@caez-wv.org or by calling 304-587-2034 or 800-935-392
Deadline: Available year-round.


RED Partnership - Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel Counties

REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (RED) PARTNERSHIP: WHEELING REGION

Includes Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel Counties

Program: SBA 504 Loan Program

Eligibility: Eligible companies that relocate to the Wheeling region.
Funding used for: Business development.
Fund description: Loans of up to $2 million per project ($4 million if manufacturing). SBA will finance up to 40% of the total project – 2nd position behind other lender.
Additional info: Phone: 304.232.7722, info@redp.org
Deadline: Available year-round.


Putnam County

PUTNAM COUNTY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Bank loans, Real Estate Sales Price Reduction, Tax abatement (PILOT – Payment in Lieu of Taxes).


Mid-Ohio Valley Region

MID-OHIO VALLEY REGIONAL COUNCIL (MOVRC)

Revolving Loan Fund Program

Eligibility: Small to mid-size businesses in the eight county region (Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood).
Funding used for: Creation or retention of full-time jobs within the region.
Fund description: Low interest rate loans. Microloan of$2,000 to $15,000 which can fund 100% of a project. Or Maximum of $150,000 loan each for either 75% of a project (IRP and EDA-RLF) or 80% of a project (ARC-RLF).
Additional information can be found by clicking here.


Advantage Valley - Charleston / Huntington

ADVANTAGE VALLEY

Regional marketing and strategic initiative organization that aims to foster and facilitate regional growth and advancement opportunities for businesses, communities and residents in the Charleston-Huntington MSAs.


Economic Alliance Corp - Harrison County

HARRISON COUNTY ECONOMIC ALLIANCE CORPORATION BUY-DOWN PROGRAM

Eligibility: Businesses in Harrison County
Funding used for: Development of new, emerging or expanding businesses located within Harrison County.
Fund description: Low interest rate loans. Minimum $5,000 and maximum $250,000.
Deadline: Program expires in 2014 unless renewed.


Microloan - Washington County

FIRST MICROLOAN OF WEST VIRGINIA (Washington County Council on Economic Development)

Eligibility: Businesses in Barbour, Brooke, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Hancock, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Pleasants,  Preston Ritchie, Taylor, Tyler,  Upshur, Wetzel, Wirt, and Wood Counties
Funding used for: Opening or expanding your business, Buying inventory, Purchasing equipment, Supplementing working capital.
Fund description: Commercial loans at a fixed interest rate, from $5,000 to $50,000.
Application can be found here.


Land Bank - Huntington

National Heritage Corporation Partnership - Wheeling

WHEELING NATIONAL HERITAGE CORPORATION PARTNERSHIP GRANT PROGRAM

Eligibility: Neighborhood groups, community organizations, local institutions, public entities, and private enterprises
Funding used for: Interpretation, conservation, education and economic development activities; projects that support the objectives of the Wheeling National Heritage Area and provide widespread and long term benefits to the community.
Fund description: Grants funds 75% of direct project costs
Additional information: Contact Chris Villamagna, Grant Coordinator at cvillamagna@wheelingheritage.org/beta
Deadline: Mini-Grants of $1,000 or less will be considered monthly.