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WOOD COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE

The Wood County Economic Development (WCED) office strives to foster a strong economic environment which supports business, nurtures growth and new investment while attracting sustainable businesses and a quality labor force to our communities. The organization will promote and facilitate economic diversity, development and entrepreneurship within our community.

WHO WE ARE

Our office is the Economic Development arm for Wood County, West Virginia. The Wood County Development Authority (public entity) and the Parkersburg-Wood County Area Development Corporation (private entity). Our organization is dedicated to recruiting new businesses to the Wood County area as well as working with existing businesses to ensure that West Virginia remains their home base. Whether you're looking for a new property, need to know about available loan or grant programs or simply need help with things like social media or a business plan, our office is an information resource to you.

OUR TEAM

Lindsey Piersol, Executive Director of Economic Development

Lindsey joined the office in 2016 and has been vital in helping Wood County grow and thrive as we move forward into the future. Prior to her current role, Lindsey served as the Public Affairs Liaison for the State of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel where she was responsible for 23 counties in Central and Southeast Ohio. Prior to that role, Lindsey served as the Economic Development Specialist for the City of Delaware, Ohio—the fastest growing City in the fastest growing County in Ohio.

Lindsey graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Political Science. She currently resides in West Virginia with her husband, Brett.

Kate Baker, Economic Development Specialist

Kate joined the office in April 2019. A graduate of Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication with a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication as well as a Minor in Business Administration and a Specialization in Marketing. Prior to her current role, Kate was a graphic design intern at the Irish Daily Star in Dublin, Ireland. She currently resides in Parkersburg, WV with her Fiancé Kyle.

PARKERSBURG-WOOD COUNTY AREA DEVELOPMENT CORP.

The Parkersburg-Wood County Area Development Corporation is a private, non-profit, membership-driven entity created as a forum for the developmental planning of Wood County. Our key purpose is to consolidate various developmental and community interests with the objective of employment and investment opportunities in the area. We act as a community focal point in areas concerning economic planning and development and encourage the retention, expansion and relocation of commerce and industry within Wood County.

Market Assets

We act as a vehicle for the distribution of funding and credit to worthy applications in the pursuit of growing area-businesses.

Ensuring Growth

We work to ensure a stable economy for the residents of Wood County and improve the standard of living in our area.

Board Members

We are proudly represented by a 30-person board of directors that are nominated and elected at our annual meeting.

Chairman – Ed McDonough

MEPB

VC – Angela Tadlock

Danser, Inc.

Secretary – Chad Mildren

United Bank

Treasurer – Harry Silvis

WesBanco

Susan Barber

Community Bank

Dale Baumgartner

Mayor – Town of North Hills

Tom Betz

Huntington Bank

Daniel Busch

Epic Ear Productions

Tim Coffman

Phoenix Associates

Janelle Comstock

Workforce Development Board

Vinnie Conley

The PM Company

Michael Faust

Siltstone Resources

Jim Fawcett

Highmark WV

Bob Fehrenbacher

Chemours

Mike Fleak

Premier Bank

Jean Ford

Mayor – City of Williamstown

Tom Joyce

Mayor – City of Parkersburg

MarJean Kennedy

WVU Medicine CCMC

Buddy Malone

Parkersburg-Marietta Building Trades Co.

Mike Matheny

Matheny Motors

Curtis Miller

Curtis Miller Insurance

Randy Rapp

Mayor – City of Vienna

Dave Righter

First Neighborhood Bank

Wendy Shriver

Downtown PKB

E.K. Sleeth

Williamstown Bank

James Spanner

Parkersburg News & Sentinel

Brian Standley

Wincore Windows & Doors

Ryan Taylor

Pickering Associates

Shawn Taylor

Peoples Bank

Bob Tebay

Wood County Commission

WOOD COUNTY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

The Wood County Development Authority is a public entity that was created by the Wood County Commissioner’s in order to promote development within Wood County. Our key purpose is to encourage and assist through loans, investments or other business transactions in the locating of new businesses and to promote the expansion of existing businesses. We maintain the economic stability of the county and provide maximum opportunities for employment in the county. We work in conjunction with federal state and local entities to promote and advance industrial, commercial, agricultural, and recreational developments in the county.

Market Assets

Our office utilizes the local Economic Development Authorities, our website and social media tuit of growing area-businesses.

Ensuring Growth

We work to ensure the continued growth of our region, expand the tax base and enhance the ard of living in our area.

Board Members

We are proudly represented by a 21-person board of directors that are appointed by the Wood County Commissioners.

Chairman – Ed McDonough

MEPB

VC – Angela Tadlock

Danser, Inc.

Secretary – Chad Mildren

United Bank

Treasurer – Harry Silvis

WesBanco

Susan Barber

Community Bank

Dale Baumgartner

Mayor – Town of North Hills

Joe Campbell

WesBanco

Tim Coffman

Phoenix Associates

Janelle Comstock

Workforce Development Board

Jim Fawcett

Highmark WV

Bob Fehrenbacher

Chemours

Jean Ford

Mayor – City of Williamstown

Tom Joyce

Mayor – City of Parkersburg

MarJean Kennedy

WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center

Buddy Malone

Parkersburg – Marietta Building Trade Co.

Mike Matheny

Matheny Motors

Randy Rapp

Mayor – City of Vienna

Dave Righter

First Neighborhood Bank

James Spanner

Parkersburg News & Sentinel

Ryan Taylor

Pickering Associates

Bob Tebay

Wood County Commission

PARTNERS WE ARE PROUD OF

We take great pride in our business partners and investors. These are just a few of the great businesses that we get to work alongside.