“I am regularly talking to developers and business owners, both local and regional, about opportunities to invest in Wheeling,” Elliott said. “It’s safe to say that outside interest in Wheeling has increased considerably during the past six to nine months. The word is getting out that Wheeling is a city on the rise. We just have to keep our feet on the gas.”

According to WorkForce West Virginia, Ohio County’s unemployment rate is now 4.8 percent. That is lower than both the state average of 5.1 percent and the county’s rate of 5.7 percent from this time last year.

“These numbers help confirm what a lot of people already feel is true — that there is opportunity in Wheeling,” Thalman said. 

“The city has been focusing on making Wheeling a place where people want to live and spend their money.”


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