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

​​Darlene Abe, Mayor of Paw Paw

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

James Carrier, City of Martinsburg Appointee

William Clark, Morgan County Commissioner
Daryl Cowles, Morgan County Appointee
Helen Dettmer, Mayor of Bolivar - Vice Chair

Carey Gano, Town of Hedgesville Appointee

Sandy Hamilton, Berkeley County Appointee

Dennis Jarvis, Jefferson County Appointee

​Harriet Johnson , Mayor of Martinsburg

Jim Klein, Berkeley County Appointee

Kathy Mason, Berkeley County Appointee

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

Scott Merki, Mayor of Bath (Berkeley Springs) - Secretary

VACANT, Jefferson County Commissioner
Duke Pierson, Mayor of Ranson

Chris Strovel, Berkeley County Appointee

Bob Trainor, Mayor of Charles Town

Board Members


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.

August 24, 2020

VIA ZOOM

1PM-2:30PM




​October 19, 2020

VIA ZOOM

1PM-​​2:15PM




February 24, 2021​

VIA ZOOM

1PM-3PM




April 26, 2021

VIA ZOOM





June 14, 2021

TBD