Wheeling Heritage

We are a catalyst for the revitalization of Wheeling. Since our inception in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) organization, Wheeling Heritage has leveraged funding and expertise to play an integral role in shaping the city’s redevelopment.


As the birthplace of West Virginia and an early industrial hub along the Ohio River, Wheeling holds a unique place in American history. Its designation by Congress as a National Heritage Area provides an effective way to tell the stories of its rich cultural past and to conserve its natural and historic resources.

In 2016, Reinvent Wheeling, the city’s Main Street program, merged with Wheeling Heritage. As a Main Street West Virginia Community, Wheeling Heritage added programs the focus on business development, city planning and public art.

Since our inception in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) organization, Wheeling Heritage has leveraged funding and expertise to play an integral role in shaping the city’s redevelopment. 

Our mission is to be a catalyst for the revitalization of Wheeling. We will accomplish our mission by:

  • Recognizing, communicating, and preserving Wheeling’s heritage

  • Actively collaborating with others, including through public/private partnerships

    • Focusing investments in downtown and the riverfront area

      • Engaging the citizens of Wheeling in our projects, programs and activities, to the benefit of all 

Wheeling’s economic future is enhanced, providing new employment opportunities and economic revitalization through preservation and utilization of the  Wheeling National Heritage Area’s natural setting and historic resources.

From 2014-2016, Wheeling National Heritage Area has generated $86.6 million in economic impact, supported 1,109 jobs, and generated $6.4 million in tax revenue.

We do this by providing and facilitating grants and capital funding to support projects that restore historic buildings, investing in our community, and ensuring cultural and historical programming promotes the heritage of the Wheeling region.


Local Initiatives


Show of Hands is a community-supported crowd-funding event. Community members are presented with projects that would positively impact Wheeling and vote on the project they want to support with donations from the door and generous support of our community partners. Here’s a link to a few of our favorite Show of Hands photos. Stay up to date and learn more on our Facebook page


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Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development
  • Revitalization (Specialty)
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Tax Credits (Specialty)

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business

Business Planning

  • Forming a Business

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Crowdfunding Preparation
  • Tax Credit Providers

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Classes

Tax Services

  • Tax Credits

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events (Specialty)
Contact Information
Alex Panas
1400 Main St.
Wheeling, WV 26003