Regional Broadband Strategic Plan

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The Region 9 Council created a Regional Broadband Planning Team to oversee and advise the development of a Regional Broadband Strategic Plan. The Team was comprised of volunteers from Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties representing business, economic development, education, emergency response, government, information technology, library, medical and service provider sectors.

The Plan includes six strategic objectives to improve broadband availability, reliability and utilization throughout the region over a three-year timeline.Funding for the Regional Broadband Strategic Plan was provided by the West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey, Office of GIS Coordination (WVOGC) through a grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

       2019-2023 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

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The CEDS is a regional plan connecting the three most eastern West Virginia counties on key initiatives that will attract and retain businesses, improve our area’s workforce, provide reliable infrastructure, and promote economic development activities.

The document prioritizes the region’s economic development efforts and regions must update their CEDS at least every five years to qualify for Economic Development Administration assistance under its Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs.  In addition, a CEDS is a prerequisite for designation by EDA as an Economic Development District (EDD). 

The Counties of Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan are unique as they are situated within a four state area and are a short distance from the nation’s capital city. These communities share leadership traits, industry strengths, transportation assets, and many other characteristics. The CEDS planning process aligned the efforts of local government, economic development organizations, workforce development groups, educational institutions, and others for potential collaboration. Private-sector representatives and members of the general public were invited to participate in the plan development. Additionally, the CEDS used existing planning documents in the three counties to highlight regionally significant initiatives already underway.

Plans and Studies


Eastern Panhandle Natural Gas Expansion Study

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Region 9 contracted with The Thrasher Group to perform an analysis to determine the feasibility of expanding the supply of natural gas in the eastern panhandle and to identify the most economically beneficial route for a proposed pipeline that would distribute natural gas into Morgan, Jefferson, and Berkeley counties.    

Study Maps
 Study Maps