In addition to project management, Region 9 hosts, provides sponsorship of, and facilitates the management of  various organizations around the Region:
Provides sponsorship to the Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneur's Forum

Provides educational workshops for small business, along with the SBA and higher education institutions, such as APUS, Blue Ridge CTC, WVU, and Shepherd-Martinsburg

Hosts and supports the HOME consortium home buyer assistance programs

Provides on-call consulting contracts to all member governments, as requested

Provides membership and support to the Bath Development Authority (Morgan County)

Provides membership and support to the Bath CSX Brownfields Committee (Morgan County)

Provides membership and support to the Morgan County-North Berkeley Rail Trail Project (Morgan County)

Provides membership and administration of the Western Potomac Economic Partnership (501c3 designated) marketing organization (Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, and Hampshire counties)

Manages the air quality program, supporting compliance with air quality standards and industry regulations (Berkeley & Jefferson counties)

Maintains and manages the Chesapeake Bay program that brings funding, expertise, and technical resources to assist in meeting national EPA requirements

Draft Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Available for Public Review Martinsburg, WV . – The 2019-2024 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) draft for West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle Region is now available for public review and comment. 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 is required for the purpose of applying for federal grants through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). 

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. 

 Comments can be sent to mpennington@region9wv.com or mailed to The Eastern Panhandle Planning and Development Council, 400 W. Stephen Street, Suite 301 Martinsburg, WV 25401. All comments must be received by June 22, 2018.

Projects and Programs