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Berkeley County, WV is located in the center of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, the Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley. Our economic grow is due to our proximity to the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area. The population of Berkeley County is 114,920, and its county seat of Martinsburg, WV is one of the top ten fastest growing cities in the state. Source: UD Census, July 2017

Low Costs

Berkeley County features some of the most affordable labor, land, water, and electricity in the state. West Virginia offers tax advantages that make it a profitable location to expand or relocate any type of business, View West Virginia’s Tax Advantages. In addition to statewide advantages, Berkeley County was recently named the 4th lowest county in West Virginia for property tax rates according to the West Virginia Tax Watch, 2016 How West Virginia Counties Compare report.

Transportation

Easy access to 2 US Highways I-81 N/S and I-70 East/West, 2 Regional Airports, within 1 hour to Washington-Dulles International Airport, 2 major rail lines, and 100 miles to port of Baltimore.

Pro-business Leadership

With the backing of the community, Berkeley County’s elected leaders have introduced aggressive incentives and established a number of partnerships with state and national programs, all designed to make Berkeley irresistible to expanding and relocating businesses.

Industrial Development Authority

Development Authority of Berkeley County whose sole mission dedicated promote sustainable industrial and economic development and increased employment and tax base through the cooperative sharing of resources with the community.

Agribusiness

Expansive Agricultural Capability: Berkeley County is home to many small farms producing diverse commodities from fruit to honey, grain to meat, and dairy to poultry. Diverse farming operations offer diverse habitats of fields and hedgerows, orchards and woodlands for area wildlife to live, forage and rear young. Whether you are a backyard gardener, an orchardist, or a farmer, our focus is to be your local connection to up-to-date agricultural information.

Manufacturing

Affordable Water and Power: Berkeley County sports a huge supply of fresh water and some of the most affordable electricity in the state.

Great People: Berkeley County’s labor pool is large, educated, and mostly non-union. We are home Shepherd University’s Martinsburg Campus, . And over a million people in the Washington metro-area live within an hour’s commute of Berkeley County.

Distribution

In the U.S. state of West Virginia, Interstate 81 (I-81) crosses the Eastern Panhandle region, linking Virginia to Maryland. The Interstate Highway, completed in 1966, spans 26.00 miles (41.84 km) through Berkeley County, paralleling U.S. Route 11 (US 11) for its entire length.

I-81 Corridor of West Virginia–– Berkeley County sits at the largest ground transportation cluster in the state: I-81; US Hwy 11; WV SR 9, 45, 901; CR 13, 15, and 51; two railway systems, CSX and Winchester & Western run through Berkeley County; Interstate I-70 that connects on to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway is within 20 miles of Berkeley and is close to two international airports and Baltimore Harbor Port.

Close to Your Customer’s: 6.2 million of Washington Metropolitan area population live within 2 hours of Berkeley County, WV.