The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. As the primary trade association of the oil and natural gas industry, API represents over 500 members involved in all aspects of petroleum. Our association draws on the experience and expertise of our members and staff to support a strong and viable oil and natural gas industry.

Charleston Chamber

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce speaks out for the policies and reforms that drive profitability for your business, growth for our communities and enhancement in our quality of life. The Charleston Chamber, one of the first 10 chambers in the United States, has provided leadership to our region for more than 100 years. Our Chamber advocacy and outreach benefit your bottom line. For example, we successfully pushed for the reduction in the business franchise and corporate net income tax and advocated for increased investment in the human and physical infrastructure that will support scientific research and innovation and generate jobs in West Virginia.

Chemical Alliance Zone

The Chemical Alliance Zone (CAZ) was created in 1999 to channel and leverage efforts to strengthen our local chemical industry. A nonprofit collaborative of citizens, labor leaders, educators, government officials, chemical executives and business leaders, the CAZ is dedicated to maintaining and expanding the business of chemistry throughout West Virginia. Using a synergistic approach, the CAZ promotes the region to chemical companies, businesses that use their products and entities that produce related consumer-end goods.

Contractors Association of West Virginia

The CAWV is the state’s only full service organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the construction industry in West Virginia. Representing 500 building, utility, highway, heavy, industrial contractors and the businesses that provide products and services to the industry, the CAWV is one of the most respected trade organizations in the state. For more than 75 years, the association has been a traditional leader of the business community in advancing legislative and public policy issues. We are “Hard at Work” building a better West Virginia.


The Community and Technical College System of West Virginia is composed of 10 colleges, delivering affordable comprehensive community and technical college education in all regions of West Virginia. The System graduates individuals who are prepared to meet the demands of employers or succeed in subsequent education. Through collaboration with various community members, the WVCTCS strives to provide high-quality workforce development programs and increase the college-going rate in West Virginia.

Energy In Depth

Launched by the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) in 2009, Energy In Depth (EID) is a research, education and public outreach campaign focused on getting the facts out about the promise and potential of responsibly developing America’s onshore energy resource base – especially abundant sources of oil and natural gas from shale and other “tight” reservoirs across the country. It’s an effort that benefits directly from the support, guidance and technical insight of a broad segment of America’s oil and natural gas industry, led in Washington by IPAA, but directed on the ground by our many affiliates — and IPAA’s more than 6,000 members — in the states.

Gilmer County Economic Development Association

The Gilmer County Economic Development Association (GCEDA) is a private, non-profit development association designated by the Gilmer County Commission as the lead agent for economic development in the county. The Gilmer County Economic Development Association is cultivating a business community of neighbors and committed to bringing industrial growth to Gilmer County while maintaining and nourishing the quality of life provided by a small town.

Institute for 21st Century Energy

The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy was founded in 2007 to unify policymakers, regulators, business leaders, and the American public behind a common sense energy strategy to help keep America secure, prosperous, and clean. Through policy development, education, and advocacy, the Institute is building support for meaningful energy action at the local, state, national, and international levels.


Formed in 1959, the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, Inc., is a statewide, non-profit trade association representing companies engaged in the extraction and production of natural gas and oil in West Virginia, and the companies and individuals that support extraction activities. IOGA WV was formed to promote and protect a strong, competitive and capable independent natural gas and oil producing industry in West Virginia.


Independent Petroleum Association of America is a national trade association headquartered in Washington, D.C., it serves as an informed voice for the exploration and production segment of the industry, and advocates its members' views before the U.S. Congress, the Administration and federal agencies. IPAA provides economic and statistical information about the domestic exploration and production industry. IPAA also develops investment symposia and other opportunities for its members.

Lewis County Economic Development Authority

Lewis County has many exciting projects underway, and several new businesses have moved in to our community! X-Chem has leased space in the JADAD building and will employ 30 people. They provide chemicals to the natural gas industry as well as other commercial and industrial applications. Lewis County has experienced many changes in the last year with new businesses coming in, existing businesses adding employees and over 300 new households getting public water through our waterline extension projects.

Little Kanawha Area Development Corporation

The Little Kanawha Area Development Corporation is a non-profit West Virginia organization dedicated to promoting economic and community development in Calhoun and Wirt counties.


The Polymer Alliance Zone®, Inc, (PAZ) was formulated in 1996 as a pilot project of the State of West Virginia through an executive order of Governor Gaston Caperton. PAZ has one of the highest concentrations of high-technology, specialty and engineering polymers production in the world. The Polymer Alliance Zone®, Inc, is a membership organization that includes both polymer and related industries.

Preston County Economic Development Authority

Our mission as the Preston County Economic Development Authority is to support and promote the economic growth of Preston County. We are committed to attracting new businesses to the area that will provide job opportunities to meet the needs of our area residents. We are also committed to assisting existing businesses to expand their current operations that will also result in the creation of additional jobs and benefits to our local economy. In addition, we realize that we must work to retain existing jobs in our area through providing assistance to, and showing appreciation for, our existing businesses.

Putnam County Development Authority

Established in 1961 by the Putnam County Commission, The Putnam County Development Authority, Inc., is a non-profit organization (quasi-public). The actions of the Authority are guided by a 21-member board of directors appointed by the County Commission. We do our best to understand the strengths and weaknesses as well as the comparative advantages of the local economy and provide a comprehensive approach to economic development through increasing job creation, job retention, tax base and opportunities to enhance the overall quality of life for Putnam County residents.

Ritchie County Economic Development Authority

The mission of the Ritchie County Economic Development Authority (RCEDA) is to promote responsible and balanced growth that will maintain and improve the quality of life in Ritchie County. As an arm of the Ritchie County Commission and as the county’s lead community and economic development agency, RCEDA is governed by a 21-member board of directors representing the county commission, the county's six municipalities and business, industry, labor and non-profit sectors. Strengthening the present, Developing for the future.

Tucker County Development Authority

Tucker County is a small county with tough winters and steep mountain roads. It has been a magnet for hard-working, smart and creative people for hundreds of years. We hope this website will introduce you to why so many interesting people come from -- and move to- Tucker County.

Tyler County Development Authority

The Tyler County Development Authority provides new and expanding businesses with an attractive array of assistance programs, including site selection, financing sponsorship, and workforce procurement and training.

Upper Kanawha Valley Economic Development Council

An area of both history and innovation; of proud past and bright future. An area that includes the West Virginia University Institute of Technology, a large hospital, and a wealth of natural resource - related industries - all surrounded by breathtaking mountains. An area with lots of potential for growth, with a strong infrastructure already in place, and the support to make your business work here.

Upshur County Development Authority

With a growing population of 25,000 people, Upshur County is located in the North Central section of the state, just off Interstate 79 and directly on developing Corridor H, a four-lane restricted highway which upon completion will allow access to the Washington, DC, metro area in approximately three hours.

Utilities, Telecommunications & Energy Coalition of West Virginia

Established in 2007, Utilities, Telecommunications & Energy Coalition of West Virginia (UTEC) represents regulated utilities that provide more than 1,500,000 West Virginia customers with reliable electric, natural gas, solid waste, telecommunications and water utility service. UTEC’s objective is to inform and educate government and business leaders on matters of public policy; to create a positive business environment and enhance our ability to provide safe and reliable utility service to customers.

West Virginia Business & Industry Council

The organization has been formed to provide a unified voice for business and industry in West Virginia respecting legislative matters germane to the common business interests of its members. Its primary activity will be in the nature of gathering and analyzing legislative information and making the same available to its members. Seminars will be held to help businesses understand and comply with state laws and regulations. Members will study and propose legislation of direct interest to them as well as appear before legislative committees to support or oppose such legislation. The organization’s objective is the improvement of general business conditions in West Virginia.

West Virginia Chamber of Commerce

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce is the largest, most influential general business organization, representing all business sectors in every region of the state. Members range from small business enterprises to mid-size manufacturers to tourism destinations to energy companies to Fortune 500 corporations. However, small businesses are the core of our membership -- making up 95 percent of the West Virginia Chamber's companies and firms.

West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts

The Department of Education and the Arts provides statewide leadership and innovation, enhancing arts and minds throughout West Virginia. Composed of six agencies and a number of special programs originating from the Cabinet Secretary’s Office, the Department seeks to reinforce the rich heritage of culture, education and artistic creation in West Virginia. Education and the Arts celebrates the resilience of the “Mountain Character” through public broadcasting, libraries, rehabilitation, professional development, community volunteerism and culture and history.

West Virginia Economic Development Council

The West Virginia Economic Development Council was created for a unified program of economic development in West Virginia. WVEDC will promote activities that will retain and expand present business and industry and attract new business and industry to West Virginia. WVEDC is the only professional organization in the State with the sole function of promoting economic development.

West Virginia Manufacturers Association

The West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA) membership represents manufacturers from across the state. All manufacturers benefit from the advocacy work the association provides on behalf or our members. The WVMA also provides our members access to experts in the area of environmental protection, workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, tax, safety and other areas of interest to manufacturers.

West Virginia Petroleum Council

The West Virginia Petroleum Council is a division of the American Petroleum Institute, the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Our 400 corporate members, from the largest major oil company to the smallest of independents, come from all segments of the industry. They are producers, refiners, suppliers, pipeline operators and marine transporters, as well as service and supply companies that support all segments of the industry.

West Virginia Roundtable

The West Virginia Roundtable is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan organization. To achieve its mission, the Roundtable provides leadership through: Policy initiatives that identify significant public policy challenges and lead toward solutions that effect positive change; Research that provides data, information and analysis about relevant issues; Communication and forums that encourage the open and creative exchange of ideas impacting public policy issues; Networking that builds and maintains relationships among its members, the business community, policymakers, various interest groups and all West Virginians; and Advocacy that promotes the organization's agenda to a broad range of stakeholders and the general public.

West Virginia Small Public Utilities

The West Virginia Small Public Utilities Association is serving the state of West Virginia where the need is greatest - providing gas, water, and electric utility services to largely rural areas. With a mission of serving the local customer at its core, the WV Small Public Utilities Association focuses on providing customers with access to utility services without the hassle of automated machines. Business offices located in service territories and local service crews give customers quick and convenient access to company representatives for a variety of utility service needs.

WorkForce West Virginia

WorkForce West Virginia is a network of workforce development services designed to provide West Virginia's citizens and employers the opportunity to compete in today’s competitive global economy. By making available the appropriate educational and training opportunities, West Virginia can provide its citizens with the work skills needed by businesses currently in the state or planning a West Virginia location.