WHITE HALL—The Region VI Planning and Development Council serves as the economic development district for the counties of Doddridge, Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor, as well as their 39 municipalities.
As the region and the state continue to recover from the pandemic, the region’s economy is being reshaped by global, national, and local trends. To position West Virginia’s north central region for growth in the post-Covid economy, the Council has appointed a coalition of regional leaders to a Strategy Committee.
The first priority for the Committee is to develop a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).
“In addition to developing strategies which capitalize on strengths and opportunities, and to prioritize goals and objectives that help maintain and grow the region’s diversifying economy, this Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is critically important to all public and private stakeholders within the Region VI service area. The CEDS serves as a federal prerequisite for financial assistance through the U.S. Economic Development Administration for potential projects or initiatives within the six counties comprising Region VI,” said Tim Oxley, Strategy Committee Member
As the Strategy Committee plans for the region’s economic future, they request the public’s help.
The public is invited to participate through an online survey where they can provide feedback on the region’s strengths and opportunities, as well as on weaknesses it can improve upon and potential threats to the economy.
The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/northcentralwv.
The Strategy Committee will work closely with the Morgantown-based consulting firm Downstream Strategies to develop a regional vision and turn it into an actionable plan.