Wood County Economic Development

WHO WE ARE

Our 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.
Our goal

dedicated to helping grow business in wood county

Who We Are Who We Serve Our Mission

Our office is the Economic Development arm for Wood County, West Virginia. The Wood County Economic Development office is comprised of two entities-- 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.

We serve both small and large businesses. Whether you're looking for a new property, need to know about available loan or grant programs or simply need help with things like a business plan, our office is an information resource to you. Get in touch with us today to take advantage of our vast resources.

Our 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.

$ 1 M+
Completed Projects
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Active Members
$ 1 M+
Grants Awarded
1 %
Satisfaction Rate

Lindsey Piersol

Executive Director of WCED

Lindsey joined the office in 2016 and has been vital in helping Wood County grow. Lindsey is a graduate of Ohio State University. Prior to her current role, Lindsey served as the Public Affairs Liaison for the State of Ohio Treasurer  where she was responsible for 23 counties in Central and Southeast Ohio. Lindsey also served as the Economic Development Specialist for the City of Delaware, Ohio—the fastest growing City in the fastest growing County in Ohio. Lindsey resides in Williamstown with her husband Brett and son, Sidney. 

Kate Marlow

Assistant Director of WCED

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, with her husband Kyle.

What is the Parkersburg-Wood County Area Development Corporation?

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.

What is the 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.

PWCADC Board Members

The Parkersburg-Wood County Development Corporation is represented by a 29-person board of directors who are nominated and elected at the PWCADC annual meeting. See below for a list of our current board.

Harry Silvis, Chairman

Ryan Taylor, Vice Chairman

CEO, Pickering Associates

Tim Coffman, Secretary

VP, Phoenix Associates

Susan Barber, Treasurer

President, Community Bank

Tom Betz

VP, Huntington Bank

Greg Bolton

Manufacturing Technology Manager, Chemours

Patrick Bryan

Market President, United Bank

Vinnie Conley

Tenant Relations Mgr.,
The PM Company

Andrew Daniel

Owner, 3D Construction

Jim Fawcett

President / CEO, Highmark

Bob Fehrenbacher

WV House of Delegates Member, District 11

Mike Fleak

Executive Director, Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council

Dr. Torie Jackson

President / CEO, WVUP

Tom Joyce

Mayor, City of Parkersburg

MarJean Kennedy

Vice President Marketing, CCMC

MaryAnne Ketelsen

Co-owner, WV Potato Chip Co.

Buddy Malone

Business Manager, PMBTC

Mike Matheny

President, Matheny Motors

Ed McDonough

Founding Shareholder, MEPB

David Mitchell

Executive Director,
Peak Living Services

Todd Nestor

Executive VP, First Neighborhood Bank

Randy Rapp

Mayor, City of Vienna

Tres Ross

Exec. Director, The Ross Foundation

Emily Sams

Director of Sales & Marketing, Biztec

Amanda Stevens

Exec. Director, Downtown PKB

James Spanner

Publisher, Pkb. News & Sentinel

Angela Tadlock

CEO, Danser Inc.

Shawn Taylor

Bob Tebay

Commissioner, Wood County Commission

Mike Williams

President / Owner, iTech

WCDA Board Members

The Wood County Development Authority is represented by a 21-person board of directors appointed by the Wood County Commissioners. See below for a list of our current board.

Harry Silvis, Chairman

Ryan Taylor, Vice Chairman

CEO, Pickering Associates

Tim Coffman, Secretary

VP, Phoenix Associates

Susan Barber, Treasurer

President, Community Bank

Dale Baumgartner

Mayor, City of North Hills

Patrick Bryan

Market President, United Bank

Nick Curry

VP / COO, Curry Warehouses

Chris Cochrane

President, RCDI

Jim Fawcett

President / CEO, Highmark

Bob Fehrenbacher

WV House of Delegates Member, District 11

Paul Jordan

Mayor, City of Williamstown

Tom Joyce

Mayor, City of Parkersburg

MarJean Kennedy

Vice President Marketing, CCMC

Buddy Malone

Business Manager, PMBTC

Mike Matheny

President, Matheny Motors

Ed McDonough

Founding Shareholder, MEPB

Todd Nestor

Executive VP, First Neighborhood Bank

Randy Rapp

Mayor, City of Vienna

Angela Tadlock

CEO, Danser Inc.

James Spanner

Publisher, Pkb. News & Sentinel

Bob Tebay

Commissioner, Wood County
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