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Innovation Economy Map

WV Innovation Clusters

In the Innovation Economy, several factors come together to drive economic growth:  knowledge, technology, entrepreneurship, innovation and collaboration.  In working toward these goals, TechConnect has identified the “hockey stick” of innovation in West Virginia.  Starting in the north in Morgantown and running south along I-79 to Charleston, then tacking west along 1-64 to Huntington, the outline of this region roughly resembles a hockey stick, as evidenced on the accompanying map.

While innovation can and does happen anywhere, TechConnect realizes that the assets contained in the “hockey stick” make it a prime location for innovation-based economic development to flourish.   The map showing West Virginia’s Innovation Economy includes the state’s colleges and universities, technology parks, research laboratories, private sector firms, federal anchor facilities, economic development organizations, entrepreneurial resource providers, and sources of risk capital and investment.  These entities are crucial to innovation-based growth and demonstrate cluster development.

The innovation ecosystem is always growing, so this list will be updated regularly. Let us know if your organization would like to be included by emailing

Universities and General Technology

Alderson Broaddus University

Bethany College

Bluefield State College

Charleston Area Alliance

Charleston Area Alliance Business Incubator – SAGE/GROW

BB&T Center for Capitalism at Marshall University

Blue Ridge Community & Technical College

Bridgemont Community & Technical College

Center for Applied Research and Technology, Inc.

Concord University


Eastern WV Community & Technical College

Fairmont State University

Gilmer Braxton Technology Institute

Glenville State College

Higher Education Policy Commission

I-79 Technology Park

Industries of the Future-West Virginia

INNOVA Commercialization Group

Innovation Adoption Program of TechConnectWV

Innovation Transfer Consortium of TechConnectWV

Kanawha Valley Community & Technical College

Marshall University Institute for Interdisciplinary Research

Marshall University

Marshall University Research Corp.

Marshall University Visualization Laboratory

Mid-Atlantic Technology Research and Innovation Center


Mountwest Community & Technical College


NASA WV Space Grant Consortium

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

National Resource Center for Coal and Energy

New River Community & Technical College

Pierpont Community & Technical College

Robert C. Byrd Institute For Advanced Flexible Manufacturing

at Marshall University

Shepherd University

Southern WV Community & Technical College

Sustainability Institute at Bridgemont

TechConnect West Virginia

University of Charleston

Upper Kanawha Valley Technology Business Center

West Liberty University

West Virginia Regional Technology Park

West Virginia High Tech Consortium Foundation

West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership

West Virginia Northern Community & Technical College

West Virginia State University

West Virginia University

WVU B&E Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

WVU College of Law Innovationand Entrepreneurship Law Clinic

WVU Division of Forestry & Natural Resources

WVU E*Quad Program, Davis College

WVU Industrial Assessment Center

WVU National Research Center for Coal and Energy


WVU Research Corp.

West Virginia Wesleyan College


Biometrics and Identity Management

Allegheny Science & Technology

Advanced Concepts Center


Biometric ID Systems

Biometric Services International

Booz Allen Hamilton

Center for Identification Technology Research at WVU

Complete Consultants Worldwide (CCW)

Cross Resolve

CSC Identity Labs

Department of Defense Biometrics Task Force

Extreme Endeavors Consulting

FBI Biometrics Center

FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division

Galaxy Global Corporation

Global Science and Technology

HGO Technology

Ideal Innovations I3

Identitfication Intelligence Ridge

Information Research Corporation

Innovative Management Technology Services

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Biometric Experimentation and Advanced

Concepts Center

ManTech Enterprise Integration Center

Marshall University

Marshall University Forensic Science Center


National White Collar Crime Center

NewBold Enterprises

Northrop Grumman

Performance Results Corporation

Platinum Solutions

Plethora Technology

PPPFD- Shady Spring

SecurLinx Corporation


Tygart Technology

Videntity Systems

West Virginia University

Yura Consulting



Alcon Laboratories Inc.

Bioscience Association of West Virginia

Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute


Erma Byrd Biomedical Research Center at WVU

Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at WVU

Mid-Atlantic Technology Research and Innovation Center (MATRIC)

Mylan Pharmaceuticals

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Laboratory

Nexeon Medsystems


Protea Biosciences

Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center at Marshall University

Vandalia Research

West Virginia Biomedical Research Infrastructure


Chemicals and Materials

3M Co.

AC&S, Inc.

Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.

Alpharma, Inc.

Aplicare, Inc.

Astellas Pharma Us Inc.

Austin Powder Co.


Bayer Cropscience LP

Bayer MaterialScience LLC

Braskem PP Americas, Inc.

Carbon Fiber Composites

Chemical Alliance Zone

Chemtura Corp.

Clearon Corp.

Cytec Industries, Inc.

The Dow Chemical Co.


Dyna-Mix, Inc.

Ecolab, Inc.


Goodrich Corp.

IVS Hydro

Kingsford Products Co., Inc.

Koppers, Inc.


Linde LLC

M&G Polymers USA LLC


Momentive Performance Mtls

Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Pilot Galvanizing Corp.

Polymer Alliance Zone

PolyPlexx LLC

PCC Energy, Special Metals Corp.

PPG Industries, Inc.


Rubberlite, Inc.

Rust-Oleum Corp.

Sabic Innovative Plastics US

SGA Polymers

Touchstone Laboratory, Ltd.

Union Carbide Corp.

West Point Products LLC

WVA Manufacturing LLC



Energy Efficient West Virginia

Mountain View Solar

WV Division of Energy

HCS Technologies



Acacia Environmental Group

AES Wind

Allied/Alternative Energy

Allegheny Development

Allegheny Energy Service Corp.

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.

Alternative Fuel Solutions of

West Virginia, LLC

American Electric Power SVC

Appalachian Wood Pellets

Arch of West Virginia, Inc.

Argus Energy LLC

Ark Land Co.

Atlantic Lease Co. LLC

Augusta Systems

Baylor Mining Inc.

BJ Services Co.

Brookfield Renewable Power

Buck White Coal Co.

Caiman Energy

Catenary Coal Co. LLC

Cenergy International Services

Central Operating Co.

Chesapeake Energy

Cliffs North American Coal LLC

Coal-Mac, Inc.

Consolidation Coal Co.

Denex Petroleum Corp


Eastern Associated Coal Corp.

Elk Run Coal Co.


Evergreen Mining Co.

First Energy

Green Valley Coal Co.

Haliburton Energy Services

Hamer Pellet Fuel

HCS Technologies

Hobet Mining LLC

ICG Eastern LLC

IGS Energy

JF Allen Co., Inc.

Johnson Controls

Key Energy Services, Inc.

Kingston Processing, Inc.

Laurel Creek Co., Inc.


Marathon Petroleum

Marfork Coal Co., Inc.

McJunkin Red Man Corp.

Mettiki Coal Corp.

Mountain View Solar

Mountaineer Energy LLC

Mountaineer Gas

Mountaineer State Energy Inc.

National Energy Technology Laboratory

North American Drillers, Inc.

Northeast Natural Energy

Omar Mining Co.

Patriot Coal

Pine Ridge Coal Co.

Powell Construction Co., Inc.

Rockspring Development, Inc.

Select Energy Services LLC

Stowers & Sons Trucking, Inc.

TransGas Development Systems

Triana Energy

Union Drilling, Inc.

URS Corporation

US Windforce

Waco Oil & Gas

Williams Corp.



Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing at Marshall University

Eagle Manufacturing Company

Innovation Adoption Program of TechConnectWV

Barney’s Bakery (Weirton)

Uncle Bunk’s (Sistersville)

Troy LLC (Harrisville)

Atoms Architectural Products (Parkersburg)

Legacy Designs (Mineral Wells)

Carbon Fiber Composites (Ona)

Guyan International (Barboursville)

Heat Cell (Jane Lew)

SDR Plastics (Ravenswood)

Tramco (Williamson)

Quality Metal Roofing (Lenore)

Mining Repair Specialists (Holden)

Virgin Timber Lumber (Oak Hill)

Marsico Brothers (Montgomery)

SanShell (Oak Hill)

Kanawha Manufacturing (Eleanor)

Eagle Research (Hurricane)

Meadoworks (Rupert)

MC Industries (Maxwellton)

Walhonde (Kanawha)

Kanawha Electric (Cabin Creek)

MarTek (Elkview)

Miller Aviation Reclaim Service (Charleston)

Maggie’s Salsa (St. Albans)

Vintec (Dixie)

West Virginia Forest Products (Buckhannon)

Azimuth (Fairmont)

Almost Heaven Cupcakes (Grafton)

Hay Scott Rustic Fence (Elkins)

Fulmin Industries (Mineral County)

HCS Technologies (Reedsville)

Talbott Lumber (Belington)

Rockybrook Sinkers (Morgantown)

Chico’s Enterprises (Morgantown)

Eyemarker Systems (Morgantown)

ZEV Electric Vehicles (Morgantown)

Progressive Industries (Morgantown)

Andrew White Guitars (Morgantown)

FCX Systems (Morgantown)

Kidematics (Morgantown)

Gurkees Sandals (Morgantown)

Oliverio’s Peppers (Clarksburg)

Tomaro’s Bakery (Clarksburg)

Marble King (Paden City)

Touchstone Research Laboratories (Tridelphia)

Eagle Manufacturing (Wellsburg)


Economic Development

Advantage Valley

Center for Economic Options (CEO)

Charleston Area Alliance–GROW/SAGE/THRIVE

Huntington Area Development Council

I-79 Development Council

Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce

Natural Capital Investment Fund

New River Gorge RDA/SBDC

TechConnect West Virginia

U.S. Small Business Administration

West Virginia Angel Investor Network

West Virginia Capital Access Program

West Virginia Development Office

West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust

WV Small Business Development Center




Berkeley Springs Instruments

Crosscutting Concepts

eTouch Sciences

Electronic Specialty Company

Huntington Entrepreneur Café

Intelligent Simulations


Polyhedron Learning Media, Inc.

Tamarack Foundation

Teaming to Win

Unlimited Future

Vandalia Technologies, Inc.

Vision Shared, Inc.

Walhonde Tools

West Liberty University Center for Entrepreneurship

WV Small Business Development Center