The New River Gorge region of West Virginia is an ideal location for logistics, warehousing, and distribution facilities. It is home to one of the busiest travel corridors in the United States, and offers unmatched access to both the U.S. and Canadian populations, as well as unfettered access to international markets via established and reliable rail and port access via Norfolk, VA. Companies located within the region are able to reduce their logistics and import expenses, while competing in a global economy due to their reduced cost of operations. Additionally, several educational institutions are providing a highly qualified workforce in this sector.
The region’s transportation and logistics industry is enabled by multimodal transportation infrastructure elements that are privately and publicly owned and operated. The transportation system consists of major state and federal highways, local roadways, freight and passenger railroads, private and public transit systems, in addition to local and national airports
The NRG region is nestled within the crossroads of major Interstate Highways I-77 and I-64, with local access to Route 19 and quick connections to I-81 and I-79. The region’s robust state and federal highway systems serve a critical function in supporting interstate commerce both locally and by providing the nation with a main artery for transportation. These systems provide the region with overnight hauling access to half the U.S. population and more than one-third of the Canadian population.
The two Class I railroads that operate within the region, CSX and Norfolk Southern Railway, together dominate the Eastern United State’s railway system. Their local lines provide customized service for local industry with connections to major ports including Norfolk, VA.
With two commercial airports, including Raleigh County Memorial Airport and Charleston Yeager Airport, aviation is a fundamental resource to local commerce operating within a global market. These airports provide the connectivity to worldwide markets and destinations, something that is essential to the region’s rapidly expanding business community and world renowned tourist destinations.
For business travelers and tourists alike, the Raleigh County Memorial Airport offers twice daily flights to and from Charlotte, NC with tickets well under $100. With international passenger traffic increasing, there’s also significant potential for new daily flights to Florida and New York. This airport continues to be a partner in economic development and works diligently to increase the region’s accessibility and ease of use for regional commerce.