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On April 6, 2016, TechConnectWV  hosted “Growing Innovation in the Mountain State,” featuring Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit,  a policy forum designed to set a course for West Virginia’s tech economy.


West Virginia has a long history as a pioneer and leader in the chemical and advanced material industries. Not only does the state have a large base of specialty chemical companies, many of which have specialized facilities and infrastructure, but West Virginia’s metals and alloys industry sector is globally competitive...

West Virginia is home to several key federal government agencies driving early demand for advanced technologies and helping in the development of a significant base of commercial biometrics support companies — firms providing integration, support services, and software development...

Recent investments in academic health/biotechnical R&D facilities and enterprises at West Virginia’s two principal research universities — West Virginia University (WVU) and Marshall University (MU) -- provide an opportunity for the state to yield dividends and innovation-based economic growth. These include...

West Virginia is endowed with vast natural resources that help power our nation, and the state’s energy industry continues to be major driver for the state’s economy.  Moreover, recent developments involving ethane production from shale formations provide major new economic and employment opportunities for the state..

The TechConnectWV Mission

TechConnectWV is a non-profit coalition committed to the advancement of the innovation economy in West Virginia, focused on four technology sectors: advanced energy, chemicals and advanced materials, biosciences, and biometrics. With broad representation from private industry, the public sector, and higher education, TechConnectWV seeks to diversify the state’s economy, promote economic prosperity and create high-paying jobs.

TechConnectWV in the News

TechConnectWV Survey Finds 48,500 Employed in STEM Jobs

    From SSTI: More than 48,500 are employed in West Virginia’s STEM-related fields, according to an October survey, A Survey: STEM Jobs in West Virginia in 2015, commissioned by TechConnect WV and the West Virginia Department of Commerce. The survey, which used data from 2015, found that 48,553 people, or 6.7 percent of the […]


With funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the State of West Virginia, TechConnect West Virginia launched the ScaleUp West Virginia Program in October 2015.  The program will accelerate the commercialization of new products and technologies, leading to the creation and expansion of small businesses and jobs.   read more ››

2015 Spirit of Innovation awards logoNovember 16, 2015
Charleston, WV

TechConnect’s Spirit of Innovation Awards, designed to celebrate success and showcase innovation in the State of West Virginia, were presented November 16, 2015 at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston.

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FCX Receives Presidential Award For Export Successes

Morgantown-based FCX Systems, a participant in TechConnect West Virginia’s Innovation Adoption Program (IAP), was awarded the President’s “E” Star Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC in mid-May. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. “FCX […]