Business Incentives on Relocating to Mineral County, WV

The Mineral County Development Authority offers a wide variety of relocation and expansion assistance services including:

  • Community information and statistics
  • Building and site selection assistance
  • Financing alternatives
  • Technical business assistance and referrals
  • Training referral

The MCDA works on community and regional development issues

Impacting area business stability and growth including:

  • Infrastructure
  • Housing availability and affordability
  • Labor availability
  • Local and regional comprehensive planning

The MCDA works collaboratively with area agencies, officials, and organizations in our region to provide assistance with relocating to Mineral County.


  • Industrial Development Bond Program
  • Loan Insurance Program
  • West Virginia Venture Capital
  • Foreign Trade Zones
  • High-Growth Business Investment Tax Credit
  • Enterprise Advancement Technology Centers
  • West Virginia Tax Credits

Pro-growth tax reforms

Enacted in 2009 also make Mineral County an attractive business location.

These include:

  • special aircraft property valuation that reduces tax on business aircraft by as much as 95 percent
  • workers’ comp reform saving businesses millions of dollars
  • a series of phased net business income tax reductions and
  • a reduction to the franchise tax that will eliminate it in 2015


The Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program (GGWFP) collaborates with businesses statewide to fund customized training that equips their workers and keeps them competitive in a global economy. No other state in the region offers this type of training to businesses, much of which is free as are the facilities necessary to conduct the training programs at the Eastern WV Community and Technical College in Moorefield, Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser and the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Rocket Center.

Governor’s Guaranteed Workforce Program (GGWFP)

State Dollars. Requires completion of Business Assistance Form.

  • Private for profit company
  • Funding decision based on variety of factors: need, wages paid vs median per capita income of area, etc.
  • Can do internal training and pay internal trainers wages. CAN NOT PAY trainees wages.
  • Major priority for training is in the manufacturing sector (entry-level, expanding, and upgrade for retention). (Retail, construction, and service organizations, such as retail outlets, construction firms, hotels/motels, restaurants, and other non-manufacturers make their business decisions because of existing business activity in an area; and training support, in these industry sectors, is not an economic development factor. Therefore, these organizations and/or businesses cannot be considered for funding by the GGWFP
  • New and Expanding Projects:
  • Creation of a minimum of 10 net new jobs within a twelve-month period.
  • No cash match required.
  • Existing/Incumbent Projects:
  • Must be in business in West Virginia at least one year.
  • 50/50 cash match required.
  • Training must provide portable credential, wage upgrade, or job upgrade with backfill, and in a targeted industry or occupation with documented skill shortage.

Competitive Improvement Program

  • Federal dollars through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
  • Can assist either small (less than 50) and medium size (50 – 500) manufacturers that have been in business for a minimum of 1 year. Can not assist fortune 500 companies.
  • 50/50 cash match and an in-kind contribution.
  • Can not assist with internal training.
  • Do not have to be creating jobs but do have to show need for work force training to support a competitive improvement activity.

Small Business Work Force Program (SBWF)

  • Assist small business only (less than 50 employees).
  • Reimburses costs of pre-approved technology and technical training with up to $5,000 in grants designed to enhance competitiveness and expand markets. ($10,000 for technology businesses).
  • For profit businesses only that have been in business at least 1 year.
  • Can not pay for internal training.
  • Have less than $2.5 million in revenues ($3.5 for technology businesses).
  • SBWF can underwrite regulatory compliance training.
  • SBWF also works with business associations to underwrite marketing and customer-service training for groups of small businesses.

Workforce Development Initiative

  • HB3009 Program<
  • College must submit application on behalf of company and/or companies A working partnership must be established between the college and the private sector and a plan developed to improve work force quality, then establish their own revolving fund dedicated to work force development initiatives.
  • Encourages working partnerships between educational institutions and the business community to fulfill a common goals.
  • One-to-one match from the private sector in order to secure grant funds. Cash or equipment is the only in-kind allowed. One-to-three match may be allowed for hard-ship areas.
  • College can serve as a broker for grantee if they can not provide the need directly.
  • Special consideration given to initiatives that involves business’s with fewer than fifty employees.

Nestled among the Allegheny Mountains in the Potomac Highlands Region of West Virginia

Mineral County offers a picturesque environment with central access to major metropolitan areas. Many reasons exist for coming to Mineral County to establish residence and a business.

Exceptional Lifestyle: Low cost of living, low crime rate and communities where residents take pride in the close-knit community lifestyle.

Dedicated Work Force: Hard working employees with opportunities for education and training in Mineral County Schools and Potomac State College.

Start-Up Assistance: Mineral County Development Authority (MCDA) works to make business location or expansion convenient.

  • Representative for available sites in Business and Technology Parks
  • Guide for location selection
  • Resource for information related to state laws and programs for new and existing businesses

Successful Businesses: The welcoming and supportive climate has made many businesses develop, grow and find success in Mineral County.

The mission of the Mineral County Development Authority is to enhance the welfare of all Mineral County citizens

Goals to Accomplish the Mission of the Mineral County Development Authority

  • Work to improve the local economic base by helping existing business to grow and expand and recruit new business.
  • Help increase permanent employment opportunities by seeking to recruit new businesses in target industries, especially ones that can create synergy with existing businesses.
  • Work with local, state and federal funding sources to assist business with loans and investment.
  • Work with agencies to rehabilitate business and identify industrial locations.
  • Promote appropriate increased commercial, agricultural, recreational and industrial economic growth.
  • Assist businesses in obtaining technical assistance.

Mineral County Day at the Legislature

Each January, local businessmen and members from Mineral County government and civic organizations travel to the state capital in Charleston for the opening of the legislature. In concert with county representatives, delegates and commissioners, their purpose is to meet with lawmakers and present their case for improved business legislation.

Co-produced by the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce and the Mineral County Development Authority, the event begins the night before at a hospitality suite and the televised governor’s state of the union address. The following day, the group meets with department heads and staffs of transportation, economic development, tourism, health and human resources, agriculture, art and history, education and others depending on the issues that resonate most with the county each year. The county also sponsors a luncheon for all state legislators at the capital and an gala evening reception. Each year many companies send representatives, contribute displays and informational materials at this evening event to highlight the best of Mineral County, its municipalities, business and recreational opportunities. It is an outstanding networking opportunity.

Of the 55 counties in West Virginia, Mineral County is the only one to host a Day at the Legislature. Event planning begins several months in advance and each year a united position on issues that affect the county is developed and approved. This enables the Mineral County contingent to present a stronger, well-prioritized agenda directly to the lawmakers.

In 2010, Mineral County Day at the Legislature celebrated its 10th anniversary. In that time Mineral County has been able to obtain funding, grants and development assistance loans for a variety of infrastructure projects. This cohesive effort has also led to economic development assistance and legislative action that has created a more business friendly environment and a more interesting, healthy, attractive community.  Examples include:

  • Phase I of the Northern Mineral County Sewer project
  • Support for the upgrade to the U.S. Route 220 connecting I-68 with Corridor H
  • Sidewalks and a community building in Ridgeley, WV
  • Fire protection in Elk Garden, WV
  • Water projects in Keyser and Piedmont, WV
  • Construction of the Memorial Bridge connecting McCoole, MD. and Keyser, WV
  • Financial support for community swimming pools and municipal parks, historic preservation, drug and alcohol addiction follow-up facilities and highway improvements throughout the county