|West Virginia provides a home and advanced technology research and services to some of the world's most recognizable organizations including:
These high-technology industries are driven by the state’s educational excellence. West Virginia’s school system received the highest marks in the country in a national education technology survey, earning a grade of “A” in Education Week’s “Technology Counts Report.” And the state’s college-going rate of 61 percent exceeds the national average.
The Mountain State’s higher education institutions are regional leaders around which we are building our economic future. For instance, the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., is the only major institute focusing on human memory in the world.
WVU research areas include biotechnology, economics, industry, rural medicine, aging, mathematics and microelectronic systems. And Morgantown recently received three designations:
- Morgantown placed 15th on Inc. Magazine’s Hot Cities list. The magazine said the rise of small communities, like Morgantown, is the most important trend emerging from this year’s survey.
- Morgantown placed fifth on Forbes magazine’s Best Small Places for Business list.
- Expansion Management Magazine placed Morgantown on its Knowledge Worker Quotient list of Five Star Metros. The study ranks 362 metropolitan statistical areas in terms of their ability to provide the depth of talent and innovative environment that knowledge-driven technology companies crave.
In Huntington, W.Va., Marshall University pursues research in transportation, economics, biotechnology, diabetes and rural access to health care. Marshall will announce completion of the $46 million dollar Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center, which will focus on education and research in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, forensics and environmental issues.
Overall, more than $100 million recently has been invested in Marshall University and the City of Huntington for high tech research and business development including $44 million in the new Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, $22 million on a new medical school building and $1 million on a forensic science center.