After 18 months of work, the Wheeling Area Strategic Action Plan is set to be unveiled tomorrow.

The plan is the centerpiece of a series of reports designed to focus economic development efforts in the multi-county Wheeling region.

The plan unveiling will be held via a Zoom hosted by the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. The zoom link to join is here: Community members are also welcome to attend the release at the Wheeling Area Chamber, at 1100 Main Street in Wheeling, in the 3rd Floor Conference Room.

Researchers at West Virginia University developed the study, which examined economic development in an eight-county area—Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, and Wetzel in West Virginia along with Belmont, Jefferson, and Monroe in Ohio.

Along with the action plan, the project team developed an economic profile, a workforce education assessment, a cluster analysis of the Wheeling MSA, and a summary of responses to a general survey on development options.

Researchers from WVU’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) and the WVU Extension Service’s Family and Community Development unit faculty contributed to the strategic plan and associated reports. The study was funded by the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce.

The plan discusses four major action areas: renewed workforce training efforts; sustained redevelopment activities; continued awareness of potential clusters; and discussion of the need to formally define the Wheeling region.