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.

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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


Automotive Parts


Metal Fabrication


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.

Thank you to our corporate sponsors who have invested in our mission:

American Electric Power  /  Encova  /  Truist  /  Pickering Associates  / Advantage Technology

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