Author: Krislyn Holden

New Apprenticeship Opportunities Abound in West Virginia

By: Dave Lavender | January 30, 2023 West Virginia Department of Economic Development’s most recent apprenticeship program at Blenko Glass | Photos courtesy of Dave Lavender Read it now and believe it later but blink a couple of times and the daffodils will be up, the grass will need cutting and baseball and graduation seasons […]

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Tourism: Big Impacts, Bigger Opportunities

November 2, 2022 The Greenbrier Valley is known for its scenic beauty, for its abundance of open space, its small-town culture, and wealth of outdoor recreation.  Given these assets, it’s no surprise that the tourism industry is a main economic driver for our region.  We’ve dedicated this blog to review some market data, outline a […]

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BioDevelopment Opportunities in the Greenbrier Valley

October 3, 2022 Last month, the USDA awarded Greenbrier Valley EDC a Rural Business Development Grant to help us explore rural biobased economic development opportunities in the Greenbrier Valley.  Biobased products aren’t new. Paper is an example of a product using a renewable feedstock, but as technologies evolve, there are more applications for the remnants […]

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USDA awards Greenbrier Valley EDC $50,000 for Bio Development Opportunities

September 12, 2022 (Maxwelton, WV) – Senator Shelly Capito and Senator Joe Manchin announced today that the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation has been awarded $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Development Grant Program (RBDG) to explore rural biobased economic development opportunities in the Greenbrier Valley. The project will evaluate and […]

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From the Desk of the Executive Director: Our Forest Product Industry

September 1, 2022 I just returned from the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta, where I had the privilege of representing the Greenbrier Valley, the WV Hardwood Alliance Zone, and the great state of West Virginia.  IWF attracts thousands of attendees from around the world to the Georgia World Conference Center and is North America’s […]

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Workforce Partners and Programs

August 3, 2022 The US JOLTS report (Jobs Opening and Labor Turnover Survey) released yesterday cited 10.7 million job openings nationally, a nine month low.  However, that still translates to nearly 2 openings for every person looking for employment. (5.91 million in June). The labor market remains tight, and if you own a business in […]

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Brownfields and Redevelopment Opportunities in the Greenbrier Valley 

July 1, 2022 Brownfield redevelopment is not only good for the environment, but also spurs business development, private investment, and job creation, while increasing our tax base and efficiently using existing infrastructure. The Greenbrier Valley EDC is compiling a list of brownfield properties that are suited for redevelopment with the hope for new opportunities for […]

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Attracting Businesses: Site Readiness 

April 28, 2022 When companies look to expand, they look to professional site selectors to help them find their ideal location to meet all their needs. Just as we have adapted to a world with digital information readily available with a few clicks, the site selectors process begins the same. It is estimated that 80% […]

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