#37 West Virginia


4.31 out of 10 in Taxation and Regulation

5.19 out of 10 in Workforce Quality

6.38 out of 10 in Living Environment

Right to Work?


State Profile

West Virginia provides a home and advanced technology research and services to some of the world’s most recognizable organizations including the Coast Guard’s Information Technology Center of Excellence, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Fingerprint Identification Center and NASA’s Independent Verification & Validation Facility. Moreover, the Mountain State’s school system received the highest marks in the country in a national education technology survey, earning a grade of “A” in Education Week’s “Technology Counts Report.”

Key Industries

Automotive, Biometrics, Chemicals, Data Centers, Film, Metals, Printing, Wood Products

Key Companies

International Coal Group
Kroger
MTR Gaming
Mylan Pharmaceuticals
United Bankshares

Key Contacts

West Virginia Department of Commerce
H. Wood Thrasher, Cabinet Secretary
(304) 558-2234
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, West Virginia 25305
W.Thrasher@wv.gov
http://westvirginia.gov/

CEO Comments

“West Virginia – not business-friendly with the number of regulations placed on businesses.”

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