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 

2021 DRAFT CEDS Amendment Covid-19 Resiliency - ​Attachment A 

The Region 9 Planning and Development Council Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 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). 

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, an amendment has been made to the existing 2019 - 2023 CEDS document adding additional strategies for the Region to recover, mitigate and ensure resiliency.

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

2020 - 2021 Priority Projects

A living document for which input has been given to Region 9 for future project focus within each of its twelve communities.

Part I: Berkeley Co., Hedgesville, Martinsburg

Part II: Jefferson Co, Shepherdstown, Charles Town, Ranson, Harpers Ferry, Bolivar

Part III: Morgan Co., Paw Paw, Bath, 

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).