Why Wheeling and Surrounding Areas?

What’s happening in our region?  Plenty.  The Health Plan has expanded and is building its new headquarters in downtown Wheeling. International law firm, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Global Operations Center in the center of downtown. British outsourcing firm Williams Lea / TAG’s downtown office center. Cabela’s retail and adjacent regional distribution center at The Highlands in Ohio County. CertainTeed, a gypsum plant in Marshall County. New and expanding factories in Wetzel County. A FedEx distribution center in the Wheeling MSA. A new AT&T call center.  Various IT and technology solutions, banking, shared services, back office operations, outsourcing, industry and manufacturing. These business ventures — and many others — are proving that RED and the Wheeling MSA is increasingly successful in expanding its local economy by attracting outside businesses to locate here. Regardless of the type of business, our economic development specialists are eager to work with both new and existing employers.

RED wants you to know Wheeling has many advantages that companies notice once they take a closer look

  • Low cost operations
  • Minimize expenses
  • Increase efficiency
  • Save on time, effort and infrastructure
  • Reduce capital costs
  • Reduce labor costs
  • Great quality of life
  • Low cost of living – housing, taxes and energy

We enjoy an unrivaled quality of life. With our natural beauty, low real estate costs for residents and businesses, nationally ranked schools, award-winning hospitals, low crime rate, nightlife, cultural districts, sports, recreation, proximity to Pittsburgh, low cost of living and short commutes – Wheeling and the surrounding areas is one of the most livable areas in America.

An article from the Associated Press sums up business development opportunities here:

“Wheeling has people, easy access to the amenities of Pittsburgh and local benefits such as good schools…Once people get their hands around that, they’re very excited. The area offers a pool of hardworking people interested in better-than-average pay and good benefits. In return, Wheeling allows businesses to enjoy lower real estate and labor costs than big cities such as Chicago.”