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Economic Council helps South Charleston flourish


Since its inception more than 10 years ago, the South Charleston Economic Council has focused on attracting new businesses and improving the city’s overall business environment.

City officials and local busi...

Huntington Bank’s 2Q better than expected


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — During its second quarter, regionally-based Huntington Bank’s earnings were better than Wall Street expectations, bank officials told reporters Friday during a conference call.


WVEDA helps fund Italian company’s first U.S. operation


West Virginia Economic Development Authority board members agreed Thursday to help bring Pietro Fiorentini’s first United States manufacturing operation to West Virginia, approving a $1 million loan for the compan...

West Virginia companies travel to Mexico on export mission


On Monday, Brad Caserta met with two company chief executives he thought were too big to give him the time of day.

Caserta was in Mexico City, representing Huntington-based Steel of West Virginia.


Chains dunk into new markets


With more than 20 locations in West Virginia, including six in Putnam County, the Sheetz convenience store chain is becoming a more common sight around the region.

Another popular chain, Dunkin’ Donuts, has ...

New development director to focus on diversifying economy


West Virginia native Kris Hopkins was living and working in the research triangle area in North Carolina where he noticed numerous opportunities for work and heard stories of people moving to take jobs in the area.


New art, glass store opens on Capitol Street


Only One Look is hoping to make an impression on the Charleston market in the next seven months.

The store had its soft opening for its new location at 110 Capitol St. last week.

“We love art and we ...

Former commerce secretary Bulla dies


West Virginia’s first Commerce Secretary, Tom Bulla, who was known for his common sense and empowering management style, died Wednesday in his Lewisburg home from Alzheimer’s complications. He was 75.

DuPont spin-off moving forward


DuPont’s Performance Chemical spin-off, announced in October, is still on track for mid-2015, according to company officials.

The company has plants in Belle and Washington, West Virginia, that house units l...

Tossing shoes with a legend at Coonskin Park


West Virginia football legend Randy Moss found himself in the losers’ bracket after throwing one round of horseshoes during the second Randy Moss “Country Boy” Horseshoe Tournament Saturday morning. ...

2 face murder charge after body found in Kanawha River, near Magic Island


Two men were charged with murder and a woman was charged with being an accessory, after a body was found in the Kanawha River near Magic Island Saturday afternoon.

Anthony Harriman, 19, and John Michael Thurmond, 2...

More animals dropped off elsewhere as Kanawha shelter fills up


Ryan Whittington arrived at work three weeks ago to a surprise. A litter of kittens was placed in front of Club K9, his dog day care, grooming and boarding business.

It’s not an isolated incident, and Whitt...

State officials wooing business at Greenbrier Classic


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — State Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette moved his office this week to what he sees as one of West Virginia’s best marketing venues — The Gre...

SBA seeking applicants to help disadvantaged businesses


The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Wednesday it is seeking grant applicants through July 20 to award up to $1.5 million to promote the development, success and long-term survival of disadvantaged small busi...

State receives more than $6 million to train workers for high-demand industries


West Virginia was one of 32 states awarded money Wednesday to help train unemployed workers for high-demand industries.

The United States Department of Labor announced more than $154 million awarded to states Wedn...

Earnings up for Mountain State workers last year


West Virginia workers earned more on average in 2013 than 2012, but not by much, according to data released by WorkForce West Virginia this week.


Construction begins on stalled Oakwood CVS store


A long-standing plan to build a drugstore just off Corridor G is finally coming to fruition.

Hometown Development begins construction on a new CVS store this month after various delays, including a legal dispute w...

WVEDA renews legal contracts


West Virginia Economic Development board members had no new projects to consider Thursday at the board’s monthly meeting.

“Despite a light agenda, I know of some definite projects in July,” Da...

West Virginia lags behind in technology focused economic index


After West Virginia ranked in the last three spots for the past seven State New Economy Index reports, Ted Boettner, executive director at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, said he would like to see some cha...

Tennant talks business, jobs in listening tour


West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant says if she’s elected to the Senate, her number one priority would be supporting good-paying jobs. She also vowed to protect coal and chemical jobs while proposing ...

SBA adjusts standards for inflation


The U.S. Small Business Administration made help available to more businesses last week.

An interim rule changes how the SBA views companies for funding opportunities. Monetary-based standards like a companies ...

Biker Bash takes over Boulevard


Motorcycles lined Kanawha Boulevard Saturday as people gathered at Haddad Riverfront Park for the third annual Capitol City Biker Bash. The event ran Thursday to Saturday, featuring live music, motorcycle games, food ven...

Gathering connects farmers and resources for success


The inaugural Southeast WV Farm Gathering aims to give farmers the tips and tools they need for success.

More than 100 farmers will attend Monday and Tuesday’s event that features classes, vendors and on-sit...

W.Va. Chamber making its way to Washington DC for business summit


Members of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce are making their last stop on the chamber’s listening tour Wednesday night in Martinsburg before attending the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 10th annual Small B...

Piggly Wiggly makes its way to West Virginia


Steve Johnson thought his Milton grocery store needed an edge. So last year, his store changed from Foodland to West Virginia’s first Piggly Wiggly.

Since then, the grocery chain known for its meat departme...

Area religious leaders to pray for peace


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On the same day Pope Francis prays for peace with President Mahmoud Abbas, of Palestine, and President Shimon Peres, of Israel, in Rome this weekend, Monsigno...

Pet-friendly hotel opens in Elkview


After about eight months of renovations, an Elkview hotel is welcoming guests again.

The La Quinta Inn & Suites in Elkview, which was formerly a Country Inn & Suites, officially reopens Friday.


Blessing the fleet at Riverfront Park


A centuries old tradition with roots in fishing communities along the Mediterranean Sea found its way to the banks of the Kanawha River Saturday evening.

People and boats gathered at Haddad Riverfront Park in down...