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Wheeling, W.Va.

Skyline of Wheeling, West Virginia
Wheeling is the birthplace of West Virginia and the state’s first capital.

Special Interests:
Wheeling became the center of the nail industry and an important iron producing point in the 19th century and received the nickname “Nail City.”

Centre Market in Wheeling, West VirginiaAttractions:
A shopper’s paradise, Centre Market bustles with stores that carry everything from handmade jewelry, home accents, and handcrafts, to antiques and collectibles. Visit the National Historic Landmark Independence Hall, the site where West Virginia was born. It now houses the largest exhibit of West Virginia Civil War battle flags found anywhere. The legendary Oglebay Resort offers museums, specialty shops, championship golf, downhill skiing, tennis, horseback riding, paddleboats, zoo and garden. Wheeling Island Hotel Casino and Racetrack is a sure bet for excitement and fun as it offers more than 60 table games, 2,000 slots and live greyhound racing.

Signature Events:

    Beautiful flowers align a sidewalk in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Enjoy the sights, sounds, music and tastes of the best chili on the East Coast at the Wheeling Feeling Chili Cook-off in June.
  • The largest Italian Festival in West Virginia and the second largest in the United States, the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival in July offers food, drink and entertainment, including rides for children, music, dance, bocce tournament and fireworks.
  • Started in 1985, the Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay Resort has grown to feature more than a million lights on a 6-mile drive through 300 acres. Listed as one of the top 200 events in the country by Discover America, this festival runs from November to early January.  


High-tech infrastructure; plentiful and affordable office space; developable sites with complete highway access; available manufacturing space; attractive tax structure and incentives; a low cost of living; and skilled employees are just some of the reasons Wheeling is a hot spot for economic development.

Major employers include Ohio Valley Medical Center, WesBanco, Wheeling Hospital Inc., Wheeling Island Race Track & Gaming Center, Kroger and Consolidated Coal Company.

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