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West Virginia Office of Economic Opportunity

Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Economic Opportunity is to ensure the integrity of programs by providing funding, training, technical assistance and oversight for a statewide network of partners that increase economic opportunities for individuals, families and communities in West Virginia.


On Jan. 8, 1964, in his first State of the Union speech, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "War On Poverty." Johnson's declaration came just weeks after succeeding to the White House upon the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Making poverty a national concern set in motion a series of bills and acts, creating programs such as Head Start, food stamps, work study, Medicare and Medicaid, which still exist today. The programs initiated under Johnson brought about real results, reducing rates of poverty and improved living standards for America's poor. While the poverty rate has remained steady since the 1970s, today the WV Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity is dedicated to continuing the fight through the support of innovative and strong programs with a focus on changing the lives of West Virginians, strengthening agency capacity and strengthening WV communities.

Our Services
Julie Alston
Julie Alston
304-558-8860 ext. 312

Mary Pat Peck

Deputy Director
304-558-8860 ext. 318

West Virginia Office of Economic Opportunity
700 Washington Street, East
4th Floor
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-558-8860