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Sheet steel mill to bring 800 jobs to Mason County

The Nucor Steel plant at Berkeley, S.C. employs 900. The W.Va. plant will employ 800.
Gov. Jim Justice announced today that Nucor Corporation has selected Mason County in western West Virginia as the location for a state-of-the-art sheet steel...

WVU to drill three miles down to tap geothermal hotspot

A geothermal heat map of West Virginia shows areas of potential geothermal energy hot spots.
West Virginia University researchers will drill three miles into the ground near Morgantown to test the potential of geothermal energy in the region this...

Ascend West Virginia opens applications for New River Gorge

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Ascend West Virginia, the state's premier talent attraction and retention program, announced its addition of the New River Gorge community to...

Starlink providing broadband in remote sections of West Virginia

Satellite-based broadband is allowing telecommuters to settle in even some of the most remote areas in West Virginia. The revolutionary development is changing the...

WVU to embark on historic preservation initiative in Grafton

This historic freight station in Grafton is among city properties slated for rehabilitation.
Historic Grafton, West Virginia, once an important hub on the Baltimore & Ohio Railway, will enjoy a boost in economic viability, according to officials...

Alliance to establish W.Va. state historic preservation center

The new West Virginia Historic Preservation Center will be located in the historic high school building at Arthurdale, West Virginia.
ARTHURDALE, W.Va. — The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, in cooperation with Arthurdale Heritage Inc., has taken a next step in establishing a historic...

Historic nomination could spur economy in former W.Va. mining town

Kyle Bailey documents coal camp architecture in Helen, W.Va.
BECKLEY, W.Va. — Efforts to nominate a former coal-mining town in southern West Virginia to the National Register of Historic Places could spur economic...

New grant designed to save neglected historic buildings in W.Va.

The new grant program is designed to save certified historic buildings in rural communities from demolition by neglect.
The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia is accepting applications for its new Saving Historic Places Grant, designed to save certified historic buildings in rural...

Retro "I SCREAM" parlor attracting visitors to Ripley

A youth tries an I Scream Sundae at Ripley, West Virginia.
An innovative new ice cream parlor, "I Scream Sundae," is attracting dessert fanatics to Ripley, where the rural small-town atmosphere was parlor-ready. Banking on the...

WVU selects Point Pleasant for community branding

The community of Point Pleasant extends into the distance from the junction of the Ohio (left) and Kanawha (right) rivers.
Rich in lore and history, Point Pleasant, West Virginia, has been chosen as the recipient of a branding project by West Virginia University designed...

Governor launches "Ascend WV" remote-worker program

Hikers ascend the Allegheny Front at Dolly Sods in northeastern West Virginia.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice today announced the launch of the state's premier remote-work program, aimed at recruiting outdoor enthusiast professionals to the Mountain...

New national heritage area to attract travel, investment

Pendeleton County, Potomac Branches Region
A new national heritage area established in March will attract financing and tourism to eastern West Virginia and western Maryland—a region that encompasses millions...


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