About

Welcome to Hampshire County!

The roots of Hampshire County run deep into American history. Romney, the county seat was chartered in 1762 making it the oldest incorporated city in West Virginia. The people of Hampshire County harbor a deep regard for their historic past manifested in traditions of hard work, love of family and community- qualities sometimes lost in the congestion of metropolitan areas.

Hampshire County’s proximity to Washington DC, Baltimore Maryland, Northern Virginia and Western Maryland provides employers access to distribution opportunities and a diverse competitive workforce; while enjoying the quality of life in a relaxed, safe and naturally scenic rural community. Within commuting distance, Hampshire County offers Interstate access to major eastern markets with the benefit of reduced costs of operations, commute and congestion.  A low crime rate coupled with affordable real estate, infrastructure, strong community ties and a business friendly environment, make Hampshire County ideal for business opportunity and relocation.

Strategically located where the energy of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia meets the idyllic beauty of the Potomac Highlands, Hampshire County is the perfect place for business owners seeking balance between work and life, accessibility and affordability,  finding a home for their business, employees and family.

Created in 1974, the mission of the Hampshire County Development Authority-HCDA, is to improve quality of life and economic prosperity by developing a strong, strategic and stable economic climate facilitating business development and economic growth. The HCDA offers a wide range of expertise, resources and incentives with focus on new business development, job creation, business retention and expansion.

The Hampshire County Development Authority meets on the third Wednesday of each month beginning at 10:00. Meetings are open to the public and held in the conference room of Taggart Hall located at 91 South High Street in Romney WV.

For questions or information, please call (304) 822-4320, or visit our Contact Page.

Staff

  • Eileen M. Johnson, Executive Director
  • Eva L. Ansel, Executive Assistant

Board of Directors – Executive Officers

  • Jason Hicks, President – Summit Bank
  • Greg Bohrer, Vice President – Hometown Solutions, L&M Market, 4B’s Pizza
  • Penelope Feather, Secretary – Town of Capon Bridge
  • David Mayfield, Treasurer – Bank of Romney
  • Robert Q. Hott, Hampshire County Commission

Board of Directors – Members

  • Alison Jewell, Hampshire County Farmland Protection
  • Daniel O. Hileman, Engineer – County resident
  • Mark Gandolfi, WV Schools for the Deaf & Blind
  • Rebecca Hott, Nationwide Insurance
  • Beverly C. Keadle, Mayor of Romney
  • Leonard McMaster, Engineer – County resident
  • Katie Morales, Hampshire Memorial Hospital, Valley Health
  • Michelle Smith, Genesis Healthcare
  • Matt Stotler, Main Street Grill/Slanesville General Store
  • Dan James Jr., Hampshire County Prosecuting Attorney