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New Martinsville, WV 26155

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Economic Development

Wikipedia defines economic development as “the sustained, concerted actions of policy makers and communities that promote the standard of living and economic health of a specific area. Economic development can also be referred to as the quantitative and qualitative changes in the economy. Such acts can involve multiple areas including development of human capital, critical infrastructure, regionalcompetitiveness, social inclusion, health, safety, literacy, and other initiatives.”

Wetzel County currently has two offices that are assisting with Economic Development in the County. Those are:

The Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce


RED –Regional Economic Development Office

 “County government as we know it today in West Virginia originated with the passage of the Judicial Amendment of 1880.  The Amendment provided for a three-member, elective body;  removed most of the county commissioner’s judicial function except limited ones as in settlement of accounts and appointment of guardians and committees;  and retained the county court (now commission) with central authority in fiscal matters as its primary function.

West Virginia’s counties do not possess inherent rights of self government.  They are under the State’s complete control as its creation; and their authority to perform even local functions is spelled out in the Constitution or by legislative enactments.  In addition to members of the county commission, the elective officials are sheriff, assessor, prosecuting attorney, surveyor, county clerk and circuit clerk.”

-Richard Shelton 1913-2000
Founder of the West Virginia Association of Counties

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