The Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council (Region 9) is a council, created by the State of West Virginia, comprising of representatives (both elected and appointed) from three counties: Berkeley County, Jefferson County, Morgan County and the municipalities of Berkeley Springs (Bath), Bolivar, Charles Town, Harpers Ferry, Hedgesville, Martinsburg, Paw Paw, Ranson and Shepherdstown.  

Region 9 was organized on June 20, 1972 in response to enabling legislation passed by the West Virginia Legislature and approved by the Governor on November 17, 1971.  This enabling legislation is known as the Regional Planning and Development Act of 1971 and re-enacted Article 25, Chapter 8 of the West Virginia Code.

July 30, 2018


Pines Opportunity Center


October 15, 2018


​Eastern WV Regional Airport

March 11, 2019

​WVU Hospital Jefferson Medical Center 


June 17, 2019




Board Members

Full Council Meetings

Region 9 is Designated by:
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) as a Local Development District (LDD)
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) as an Economic Development District (EDD)
The Federal Highway Administration and the State of West Virginia as the West Virginia Counterpart for the Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization (HEPMPO)
The State of West Virginia as a Planning and Development Council (PDC)
 The Bureau of Census as an Affiliate Census Data Center, for statistical and applied research

Who We Are

​​Jim Auxer, Mayor of Shepherdstown
Guy Avey, III, Berkeley County Appointee - Treasurer
Mark Baldwin, City of Martinsburg Appointee

James Barnhart, Berkeley County Council Person - Chairman

Wayne Bishop, Mayor of Harpers Ferry
Daryl Cowles, Morgan County Appointee
Helen Dettmer, Mayor of Bolivar

Sandy Hamilton, Berkeley County Appointee

​George Karos, Mayor of Martinsburg

Mary Ann Keller-Pile, Mayor of Hedgesville

Ralph Lorenzetti, Jefferson County Commissioner - Vice-President
Kathy Mason, Berkeley County Appointee

Doug Mattingly, Morgan County Appointee
Neil McLaughlin, Berkeley County Appointee

Scott Merki, Mayor of Bath (Berkeley Springs) - Secretary
Tina Meyers, Mayor of  Paw Paw
Duke Pierson, Mayor of Ranson

​Doug Pixler, Berkeley County Appointee

Ken Reed, Morgan County Commissioner
Nic Diehl, Jefferson County Appointee
Scott Rogers, Mayor of Charles Town

Rachel Snavely, City of Martinsburg Appointee  
Chris Strovel, Berkeley County Appointee