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WV Regional Tech Park Receives ‘Best of West Virginia’ Award for Regional Economic Development Event

Charleston, W.Va. - The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) West Virginia Chapter recognized the West Virginia Regional Technology Park (WVRTP) with the ‘Best of West Virginia’ bronze award for its October 2022 Red Carpet Tour of West Virginia event. WVRTP hosted 20 global business executives and site selectors during the 3-day economic development event. With support from the Kanawha County Commission, the tour showcased the park as a prime location for STEM businesses and West Virginia's quality of life through the beauty and recreational opportunities of New River Gorge National Park & Preserve.

The Crystal Awards presented by PRSA WV, the state’s leading professional organization for the communications and integrated marketing community, honor the state’s top public relations and marketing campaigns annually. WVRTP stood out for its economic development efforts among the many outstanding entries.

“The Red Carpet Tour event was a collaborative effort of our local and regional partners and we’re proud to see our efforts recognized with the best of the best,” said Matt Ballard, CEO/executive director of WVRTP. “The West Virginia Regional Technology Park is committed to recruiting STEM industries and fostering growth and innovation in the region. This prestigious award is a testimony to our commitment.”

WVRTP received additional awards for the Red Carpet Tour of West Virginia event, including a Crystal Award in the campaign category, ‘Events, Seven Days or Less,’ as well as an Award of Merit in the tactic category, ‘Collateral,’ for their unique video invitation boxes, which featured video messages from United States Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, and b-roll of West Virginia’s landscapes and recreational opportunities.

About West Virginia Regional Technology Park

The West Virginia Regional Technology Park, located in South Charleston, W.Va. is a prominent hub for innovation, science and technology in the state. Originally established to support the chemical industry, the park has since evolved into a multi-tenant campus fostering cutting-edge technologies across various fields.

Home to over 25 businesses and 1,000 jobs, the park is driven by a mission to bolster West Virginia's economy by nurturing research, innovation, technological advancement and education. It aims to attract talent, foster job creation, and bolster economic growth by supporting STEM-related industries and initiatives.

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