Building a stronger economy, one community at a time.
A strong economy stems from an educated, skilled workforce, vibrant communities supported by strong leadership and an interest in exploring all the state has to offer.
Community economic development is a comprehensive process that increases engagement
and transforms the local economy - increasing wealth, well-being, choice, and economic
WVU Extension Service experts understand how all of these dynamic pieces fit together to form a thriving West Virginia.
The West Virginia University Extension Service employs an interdisciplinary approach
to economic development:
- we work alongside you to engage a breadth of community residents, non-profits, businesses, and political leaders;
- enhance your community’s capacity to act and innovate through evidence based teaching
- empower the community to take control of its economic development future.
Our programs use applied research, primary and secondary data collection and analysis, and tools and concepts from place making and design to help you better identify your community’s economic needs and missed opportunities.
We are also process experts that can help you transform data into action through
facilitated community planning. Our work helps you identify and capitalize on your
community’s unique assets, and generates long-term strategies, short-term projects
and action steps to achieve your economic development goals.
WVU Extension's Economic Development programs include:
- Business Retention & Expansion
- Community Data Analysis
- Economic Impact Analysis
Economic Reports & Regional Profiles