Historically, economic development has been primarily focused on creating jobs. Today, quality is as important as quantity. Equally important is a community’s ability to recognize and build on its competitive advantages like location, demography and existing industry. In today’s interconnected and mobile society, companies can choose where they do business and our goal is to provide multiple reasons to choose Parkersburg. Parkersburg is the center of commerce and major employment center in the Mid-Ohio Valley. This is attributed to its central location, mix of industries, access to critical infrastructure and business friendly environment. Parkersburg’s proximity to natural gas development in the Marcellus and Utica Shale also bodes well for the region’s polymers, plastics and chemical manufacturers. To foster an environment conducive for economic development and prepare for long-term growth, the City has streamlined its development review process, hired a business coach to assist small businesses grow and kept taxes low. If you are planning to launch a new start-up, expand your existing business or develop property in the City of Parkersburg, please review the programs and resources on subsequent pages that can help you achieve your goals. If you are interested in developing a piece of property in the City of Parkersburg, please call 304.424.8558 or email samuel.tuten@parkersburgwv.gov to setup a pre-development meeting. These meetings are an efficient way to learn about the City’s regulations regarding building permits, zoning codes, storm water requirements and utility needs.