City of Martinsburg

Economic Development

The City of Martinsburg is the Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley, the county seat of West Virginia’s fastest growing county, and the commercial and cultural hub of the Eastern Panhandle.  Proximate to major urban centers yet maintaining small town character and affordability, Martinsburg is a great place to live, to work, to visit, and to invest.

We are an inclusive city brimming with possibility, with real estate and business opportunities available throughout the city at a variety of scales; a mixture of homes for modern or historically-styled living; capital and tax incentives for investment; a partner in local government; a walkable downtown with unique shopping, co-working, and dining destinations; commuter, freight, and passenger rail service; and Interstate access to most of the East Coast’s population within a day’s drive.

Martinsburg offers an affordable place to live the life you want and build the business of your dreams. The infrastructure you need and the amenities you desire are here, and the city is connected to regional and national distribution networks by the mode of your choice.

We honor our historic heritage, yet support a vibrant and sustainable future by providing high quality services to businesses and residents; planned growth in commercial and residential areas; and major roadway and utility improvements to keep pace with the changing needs of today’s families and businesses. Martinsburg's City Council works alongside an extremely active Chamber of Commerce and its more than 500 members, businesses and industries; Berkeley County Development Authority; Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority; and Main Street Martinsburg, among others, to ensure a vibrant business environment.

  • Education and Workforce

Martinsburg and Berkeley County are significantly outpacing growth in the state of West Virginia and the nation, attracting residents who choose to bring their families and their talents to our region to take advantage of the access to quality jobs and lower costs of living. Our city benefits from the presence of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College and James Rumsey Technical Institute—each of which provides strong, job-centric programming and skills—as well as Shepherd University’s comprehensive academic programs that include a suite of business certifications and technical programs designed to support the needs of local employers.

  • Transportation

The City of Martinsburg boasts a walkable downtown and modern train station providing MARC Commuter Rail connections to Washington, DC and daily Amtrak Service along the Capitol Limited connecting DC and Chicago. Freight rail connections are provided by both CSX and Winchester & Western Rail Lines. Local and regional transit service is provided by the Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority. And Martinsburg is served by three access-points to Interstate 81, allowing for convenient regional mobility and placing over 8M customers within one-day’s drive of businesses located in the city. For convenient air travel, the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport is located just outside Martinsburg in Berkeley County and Dulles International Airport is just over an hour’s drive from downtown Martinsburg.

  • Cost of Doing Business

As part of West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, Martinsburg lies within minutes of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania—so we understand the need to compete to attract business. West Virginia’s state taxes are significantly lower on most business forms than our neighbors.

At the city level, the City of Martinsburg offers automatic tax incentives for new (and new to Martinsburg) businesses, and for businesses located in the historic downtown. In addition, most of the city falls within Qualified Opportunity Zones—allowing for significant tax savings related to capital gains—and HUB Zones, offering advantages for federal contracting.

For those looking to physically locate in the city, the easy availability of historic buildings presents an array of renovation and revitalization opportunities eligible for a combined 45% in state and historic tax credits.

  • Livability

Martinsburg offers a small-town atmosphere with an engaged civic community; highly rated schools, local shopping, dining, and theater at the historic Apollo; a thriving arts community; and a mix of amenities at an affordable rate that allows for economic stability for individuals and families at all income levels.

Nearby metro areas of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore are readily accessible by train and interstate highway.  Within a short drive, the outdoor adventures of the C&O Canal, the Appalachian Trail, and historic national parks and battlefields enhance the many recreational and cultural opportunities within the City.

For 2019, the City Council has approved efforts to: design incentives to increase the supply and quality of downtown housing; design and construct a Martinsburg-Tuscarora Greenway Trail connecting the city’s creekside parks with downtown and to the existing Route 9 bike path; and plan for revitalizing the city’s downtown public realm and gateways to downtown to be more attractive and support the needs of all users, including businesses, residents, and multi-modal visitors.

If you would like more information about incentive programs and economic development opportunities in Martinsburg, contact the Director of Economic & Community Development at sfarthing@cityofmartinsburg.org or (304) 264-2131 ext. 358.