HCEDC, without favoritism or bias to any
government, region, entity or person, promotes, develops and
the business prosperity and economic welfare of Harrison County for the benefit of all citizens.
About Harrison County
Harrison County is located in the north-central region of West Virginia with nearby major centers including Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania just 100 miles north. Harrison County is midway between Washington, D.C. and Cincinnati, Ohio, and provides many of the amenities of these and other larger metropolitan centers.
The Harrison County Economic Development Corporation works with other state and federal organizations to promote the many advantages of the region. For companies looking to expand or relocate, the area provides countless business and quality of life advantages.
Harrison County has zero percent tax-increment financing available, a stable workforce, extensive fiber optic networks and access to North Central West Virginia’s longest commercial runway. For people moving to the area, housing is affordable, the crime rate is low and amenities like spectacular outdoor activities cannot be surpassed.
LEADERS IN AEROSPACE
Harrison County is home to numerous aerospace companies. At 7,800 feet, the lengthy runway at the North Central West Virginia Airport is the longest commercial runway in West Virginia and one of the reasons international aerospace companies have such a large presence here. The rea is also known for its FAA Certified training school and its custom aerospace training programs. The Mid-Atlantic Aerospace Complex boasts nationally-recognized companies including Pratt Whitney, Bombardier, Lockheed Martin, Aurora Flight Sciences now a Boeing Company, KCI Aviation, HQ Aero, EASW, the Fixed Wing Army Aviation Training Site and the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing. The Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center adjacent to the airport provides training facilities for Pierpont Community and Technical College students pursuing aviation careers. Nearby academic institutions such as the respected land-grant West Virginia University in Morgantown make Harrison County an integral part of the state’s high-tech corridor.
Relatively low unemployment, affordable land and the presence of well-known organizations like the FBI and The Department of Defense Army Biometrics Task Force attracts other biometric contractor companies, making the county a trailblazer in technological advancement throughout the state.
Over 50% of the U.S. population is located within 500 miles of West Virginia. Harrison County is conveniently located in North Central West Virginia at the intersection of U.S. Route 50 and Interstate 79.