Business

Freelance workers on the rise in Washington County

MARIETTA — Even as the population and the total number of businesses in Washington County has declined over the past decade, one element in business has gradually increased: the number of nonemployers, otherwise known as freelancers or independent contractors. According to Census figures for ...

Wheeling Jesuit to undergo name change

WHEELING — Wheeling Jesuit University will have a new name for the coming academic year. The school’s board of directors and the Maryland Province for the Society of Jesus agreed this week to end the university’s Jesuit affiliation at the end of this school year. In a statement released ...

West Virginia University at Parkersburg to host Business After Hours event

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley and the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce, will host a Business After Hours and open house event on Tuesday, April 16, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on the Parkersburg campus of ...

Vienna starts TIF project at Grand Central Mall

VIENNA — Vienna City Council Thursday night unanimously voted to start the process of developing a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district around the Grand Central Mall. “The resolution says that we will begin looking at and working with the Washington Prime LLC to see if the TIF is even ...

Parkersburg Walmart to be remodeled

PARKERSBURG — The south Parkersburg Walmart will be remodeled this year, part of a nearly $32 million investment by the company in its West Virginia stores. In addition, new initiatives will be launched at multiple Walmart locations around the Mid-Ohio Valley. “Technology continues to ...

West Virginia tax revenue comes in below estimate again

CHARLESTON — Citing the slowdown of construction activities during the winter season, March tax revenue collections came in 1.2 percent below the updated projections, the second month for lower-than-expected collections since fiscal 2019 started in July. According to the governor’s office, ...

WVU-P gives pay raises to faculty, staff

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors approved its $21.761 million 2019-2020 budget on Wednesday that includes raises for faculty and staff. WVU-P President Chris Gilmer said the school’s finances are sound. “Our finances are in excellent condition,” ...

Woodrum named director of West Virginia EDA University Center

HUNTINGTON — The director of entrepreneurship at the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University is taking on additional responsibilities. Bill Woodrum also will be the director for the West Virginia EDA University Center at the institute. The mission of the center is to provide ...

West Virginia University breaks ground on S.T.E.M. facility

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia University Extension Service has broken ground on the new Annette S. Boggs Educational Center, a 6,000-square-foot facility at WVU Jackson’s Mill, which will be home to year-round programming and hands-on activities that focus on science, technology, ...

Grants driving Washington County Career Center program

MARIETTA — A project to provide tech students at the Washington County Career Center with a realistic experience working outdoors on equipment they would encounter in a typical Mid-Ohio Valley industrial plant went into action last year. Funding was confirmed for Phase II of the project — ...

Groundbreaking held for Smiles on Boulevard

BELPRE — A groundbreaking was held March 29 for Smiles on the Boulevard, 613 Washington Blvd., Belpre, the new offices of Dr. Lori Hawkins Family Dentistry. With new name, new logo and new location, Hawkins anticipates the addition of a second dentist and six to seven new employees ...

Cox starts new career in real estate

LOWELL — A long-time resident of Lowell has taken up a new career. George Cox, 50, said he decided to change direction after years of working at the International Converter plant in Caldwell. “I just turned 50, I’ve been a maintenance technician, and I saw real estate as a way to get ...

Wood County Holiday Inn earns award

PARKERSBURG — Holiday Inn Express & Suites Parkersburg–Mineral Wells has been recognized with the 2018 Quality Excellence Award by the InterContinental Hotels Group. The group is a global organization with a broad portfolio of hotel brands including Holiday Inn Express & Suites ...

Edward Jones ranks high in investor satisfaction

PARKERSBURG — Financial services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction with full service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study, the firm recently announced. The study measures investor satisfaction with 18 full ...

Talks ongoing in tentative sale of Sistersville hospital

SISTERSVILLE — Negotiators are still talking two years after the announcement that Wheeling Hospital was buying Sistersville General Hospital. The proposed sale for $5.5 million included Wheeling Hospital assuming Sistersville General’s debts and liabilities while increasing medical ...

Demand for AEP Ohio’s Neighbor to Neighbor program still powerful

MARIETTA — The AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor program was established in the wake of the recession 10 years ago, but need for the program has not diminished over time. In Washington County, according to Jim Tilley at The Caring Connection, $11,500 in grants has been disbursed to 63 ...

Wheeling Jesuit University to remain open

WHEELING — Wheeling Jesuit University will remain open the next academic year despite financial problems, the board of trustees has decided. Changes, however, are coming, college President Michael P. Mihalyo Jr. said in a statement. “Based on our analysis and planning to date, the board ...

Ohio bill looks to allow livestock in cities

MARIETTA — Urban and rural access to the benefits of small livestock farming is under scrutiny in the Ohio legislature this month as lawmakers consider a bill that would prohibit cities, townships and other zoning authorities from regulating or banning backyard chickens, goats and other small ...

Bioscience summit to be held in Morgantown

CHARLESTON — A keynote speaker has been announced for the ninth annual West Virginia Bioscience Summit on April 25 at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place. Brett Hall, who received his doctorate in cancer biology from West Virginia University, resides in San Diego and is president of ...

Wheeling Heritage receives award

CHARLESTON —Wheeling Heritage was selected as the winner of the 2019 Great American Main Street Award, the first time Wheeling Heritage has won the top position in GAMSA. Wheeling Heritage is being recognized for turning its downtown into a thriving destination with a strong business ...