In the nation’s most profitable petrochemical setting
Driven to support automotive suppliers
Where the sky’s the limit for aerospace manufacturing
Rich with hard-working people and work-focused educators
Fertile soil for growth-minded entrepreneurs
We don’t follow paths. We blaze trails.
Buildings and Sites
Workforce and Education
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 several U.S. highways with Interstate access, Advantage Valley has fast connections to key cities and markets throughout the eastern half of the nation. Busy CSX and Norfolk Southern mainlines connect the region to the continent’s rail network and ports along the Ohio River and in Virginia. The area is served by six navigable rivers with truck-to-barge capabilities, two ports, and two regional airports.
Advantage Valley’s history in industries such as coal production earned local workers (and there are 617,000 of them in our labor shed) a reputation for initiative and employer loyalty. In fact, West Virginia has the nation’s lowest manufacturing employee turnover rate. With an outstanding quality of life, a low cost of living, and competitive wages, it’s easy for local employers to draw recruits to the area. Plus, our local K-12 and postsecondary educators have long worked closely with local companies to deliver workforce training and education programs aligned with the needs of employers.
One of the many great reasons to bring your business to Advantage Valley is the variety of available development sites and existing buildings, all with competitive utility rates. Whether you’re seeking a downtown storefront, Class A offices, or a huge industrial facility with rail and port access, we can help you find the ideal location.
West Virginia Facts and Figures
10th Best Business Climate
(Business Facility Magazine, 2021)
4th Lowest Worker’s Compensation Rates
(Oregon Consumer and Business Service, 2018)
Lowest Manufacturing Turnover Rate in the Country
(BLS Industry Report, 2020)
16.4% Below the National Average Cost of Living
(Sperling’s Best Places, 2020)
Advantage Valley is the perfect home for many industries
Food and Beverage
Advantage Valley’s Partners
Advantage Valley is a non-profit economic development organization that works with the State of West Virginia, local governments, county economic development authorities, sector and business leaders, chambers of commerce, academic and training institutions, and nonprofit partners in order to showcase our nine-county region and strengthen the economy. We’re proud of these many local partners who have joined together to promote our unified vision for growth.
Chambers of Commerce
Economic Development Groups
Boone County Community and Economic Development Corporation | Charleston Area Alliance | Huntington Area Development Council | Jackson County Development Authority | Lincoln Economic Development Authority | Mason County Development Authority | Putnam County Development Authority | Wayne County Economic Development Authority
Convention & Visitor Bureaus
Research & Development Institutions
Byrd Biotechnology Science Center at Marshall University | Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC) | Tech Connect West Virginia | The Chemical Alliance Zone | West Virginia Regional Technology Park
Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing | Putnam Career and Technical Center | Roane-Jackson Technical Center, Carver Career and Technical Education Center, Garnet Career Center, Wayne County North Vocational Technical School, Cabell County Career Technology Center, Boone Career and Technical Center