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Barbour County

Quality of Life

Barbour County, located in north central West Virginia, consists of three primary communities: Belington, Philippi and Junior. Each offers a unique blend of small town living with the modern amenities today's industries and workforce have come to expect.

The Industrial Parks located in Belington and Philippi offer unique opportunities for expansion and development. In August 2007, the Barbour County Development Authority recently completed construction on a 25,000 square foot building with funding support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the West Virginia Economic Development Grant Committee as well as the local banking community.  Although there are no current tenants, the building consists of three separate bays and the Development Authority is hopeful that it will serve as an incubator to spur entrepreneurial development.   

Relocation assistance is available through the Barbour County Development Authority where one will find current information about establishing a business in the County including tax incentives and other forms of funding to aid your business venture. Businesses will find the necessary air and road transportation, local merchants, and modern infrastructure to support day to day operations. Philippi is making great strides on the technological front with high speed internet access completed in 2005.

Additionally, in just the last eight years, the Barbour County Airport Authority has received grants in excess of $3.2 million to expand and improve the Barbour County Airport Facilities located in Philippi, WV.  The Airport Authority was recently awarded an additional $2.1 from the Economic Development Administration.  These funds will support the development of an aviation business park to be constructed at the existing airport located near Philippi.
 
The County maintains a strong emphasis on promoting quality education within its schools. In 2004, construction was completed on a new facility for the Philip Barbour High School while construction was completed in May 2009 on improvements to Kasson Elementary/Middle School.  Improvements are underway now on Junior Elementary School.

The majority of housing units in Barbour County are less than 40 years old.  This figure is consistent with the height of the coal mining industry in Barbour County.  The County currently has a good mix of single and multi-family housing units that are affordable for persons/families of all income levels.  The challenge in regard to future housing development as the existing housing stock continues to age. 

Along with the economic development taking place in the county, there exists a strong sense of pride and connection within the community. Social and cultural events range from fairs and festivals to civil war reenactments with many others in between.  Philippi was recently named one of the Top 10 "All-American Cities" by the National Civic League and boasts a low crime rate of less than 12%.

Barbour County is served by a variety of newspapers, radio and television stations.  The Barbour Democrat, a weekly newspaper, and WQAB are the only medias actually located in Barbour County but the following outlets all cover local news and have a wide distribution, listening and viewer base within the County.

Newspapers:

  • The Barbour Democrat, weekly
  • The Inter-Mountain, daily
  • The Clarksburg Exponent
  • Clarksburg Telegram, daily
  • Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram, Sunday

Radio:

  • WQAB in Philippi
  • WDNE and WELK in Elkins
  • WBUC and WBTQ in Buckhannon

Television:

  • WDTV in Bridgeport
  • WBOY in Clarksburg
 
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