1. Charleston Area Alliance

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    Charleston Area Alliance

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  2. Economic Expansion

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    Economic Expansion

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  3. Community Enhancement

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    Community Enhancement

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  4. Charleston Regional Chamber

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    Charleston Regional Chamber

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  5. Programs & Events

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    Programs & Events

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  6. Member Business Directory

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    Member Business Directory

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Our Community


Culture & Enrichment

The region’s social calendar is filled with year-round events that provide a delightful agenda of business and pleasure for locals and visitors. Charleston offers a rich array of entertainment and cultural amenities, with choices and programming typically found in large cities.
 The city is a cultural hub that draws an audience from several states and allures international talent and intellect. 

The Capitol Complex houses the Culture Center, which showcases West Virginia's artistic, cultural and historic heritage. A visit to Charleston is sure to be a treat for all involved. It's hip, historic and "Almost Heaven" - Charleston has something for everyone!



 

 

Health & Safety

Charleston is home to the 78th largest community health care system, including the nation’s second largest cardiac care program, a Level 1 trauma center and a women and children’s hospital. Regional patient capacity exceeds 1,600 beds encompassing four general acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals and numerous clinics. The Charleston region enjoys the reputation as a leader in start-of-the-art health care facilities and specialties.

Quality of life in Charleston means a safe, clean city where residents can experience a balance between career and family. West Virginia is proud to claim one of the lowest crime rates in the United States for 24 years – from 1974 to 1998. Last year, fewer crimes were reported in West Virginia than in almost all other states. Only three states reported a smaller number of crimes in 2002. Charleston’s crime rate is well below the national average and those of comparable areas. 



 

Recreation & Tourism

You’ll quickly discover why we call our state “wild and wonderful.” Boating the beautiful Kanawha River, riding the wildest whitewater, golfing the most challenging and picturesque courses and enjoying music of the world - all can be found right here.

When it’s time to leave the workplace, Charlestonians travel ten minutes to Kanawha State Forest for hiking, walking, biking, camping, swimming and horseback riding. It’s just one of thirteen public parks and campgrounds located within the region. Whether you want to go boating, take a stroll, or rollerblade, head to Magic Island or Haddad Riverfront Park for riverside fun. Local marinas and boat clubs provide river access and amenities to local boaters and water lovers.Snowshoe Resort, Winterplace and Canaan Valley Resort offer the finest downhill skiing in the Southeast. All are a convenient day trip from Charleston. This bounty of outdoor adventure can be enjoyed year-round, making the Charleston area a true four-season location for fun!




 

Community Profile

Charleston is the capital city of West Virginia and the business, financial, medical, government, retail and cultural center of the state. With a population of over 300,000, the Charleston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is comprised of five counties – Boone, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln and Putnam. The largest of these counties, Kanawha, is home to Charleston. Located in southwestern West Virginia, Charleston offers one-day shipping proximity to nearly two-thirds of the United States population and more than a third of the Canadian population. 

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Labor Availability

Kanawha County, the central county in the Charleston MSA, is the state’s premier business, financial, medical and governmental center. There are nearly 6,000 businesses in Kanawha County. People commute to work from surrounding rural counties to Charleston. Due to the absence of employment opportunities in these rural areas, it is not uncommon for an individual to commute 50 miles or more each way to work. Charleston’s labor draw area consists of nine counties and approximates a 30- to 55-mile radius with a commuting time to Charleston of less than one hour. When compared with all Americans, West Virginians are more likely to travel outside their home counties to work (31.4 percent compared with a national average of 26.7 percent), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Over 11,000 people commute from Putnam County, while over 2,000 commute from each of Boone and Lincoln counties.