City of Charleston

The Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community (MOECD) fosters public, private, and intergovernmental collaborations to improve and develop a viable urban community.


The Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development (MOECD) works collaboratively with other local, state and federal agencies and entities to encourage and support business and economic growth in the city. Starting as a frontier town at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha rivers and home to Daniel Boone, Charleston has grown throughout its history to become an important location for chemicals, coal, natural gas, banking and manufacturing. Today Charleston is a vibrant city that is diversifying into the advanced manufacturing and technology sectors, expanding its health care institutions and attracting more and more tourists and recreation visitors. It also has a long history as an entrepreneurial center for startups and family owned businesses. Charleston offers many of the benefits of a big city but maintains the convenience and community feel of a small city. While the city is a meeting spot for five highways, residents enjoy relatively low traffic congestion and short commute times. It also is home to Yeager regional airport, two rail lines and a sophisticated inland waterway system.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development
  • Economic Forecast
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Tax Credits

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Diversification
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Government Funding
  • Grant Funding Providers

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Workforce Incentives

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business


  • Site Location Assistance

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • City Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Codes
  • Government Requirements
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Site Location

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
  • Co Working
  • Incubator
  • Maker Space

Events and Community Building

  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals
Contact Information
Audrey Conn
915 Quarrier Street
Suite 4
Charleston, WV 25301