Category: Blog

Utility Partnerships: Moving Greenbrier Valley Forward 

Broadband funding is big news this week, with more than $1.2 BILLION coming to West Virginia. Infrastructure investments and funding opportunities have been unprecedented since 2020, with our region receiving millions for water, sewer, and broadband projects. And with good reason. Utilities are foundational elements of infrastructure development. They provide the basic framework necessary for […]

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The Greenbrier Valley: Reasons to Play, Reasons to Stay 

When the hustle and bustle of urban life get too hectic, and too HOT, the Greenbrier Valley offers many reasons for you to get out and play, and even more reasons for you to stay.  Nestled on the border of West Virginia and Virginia, amidst the Allegheny Mountains, the Greenbrier Valley has everything you need […]

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From the Executive Director: Planning for Progress

During the week of April 18th, the Greenbrier Valley EDC and our strategic planning consultants, In-Site Consultants, made a trip to each county to hear from businesses, elected officials, agencies, and other stakeholders on moving the needle on economic development and job creation.  Together, we walked through a kind of SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) […]

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Greenbrier Valley EDC Seeks Tenants for Commercialization Center Project

The Greenbrier Valley EDC is seeking interest from businesses that need additional room to expand their operations to become the first tenants of the organization’s Commercialization Center.  This project will better align the assets of the organization with the needs of the businesses in the community, and offer a solution to a growing problem expanding […]

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Show Me the Money!

March 1, 2023 “Where can I find a grant to __________?”  This question is posed to Greenbrier Valley EDC staff daily.  Indeed, with the passing of omnibus bills such as the Inflation Reduction Act, and the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, there are billions in funding available – if you know where to look.    Navigating […]

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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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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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