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Morgantown

About Morgantown

History

Morgantown is closely tied to the Anglo-French struggle for this territory. Until the Treaty of Paris in 1763, what is now known as Morgantown was greatly contested among settlers and native Indians, as well as the English and the French. The treaty decided the issue in favor of the English, but Indian fighting continued almost to the beginning of the Revolution.

Several forts were built in the area after this conflict. Fort Pierpont was constructed towards the Cheat River, in 1769. Fort Coburn was built in 1770 near Dorsey’s Knob. Fort Morgan was established in 1772 at the present site of Morgantown. Fort Dinwiddle, north several miles at Stewartstown, was built in 1772. Fort Martin was established in 1773, several miles north on the Monongahela River. Fort Burris was erected in 1774 in the Suncrest area of Morgantown. Fort Kern was built in the Greenmont area of Morgantown in 1774, as well as other small forts that served the purpose at the time.

Morgantown was settled in 1772 by Zaquill Morgan. The Virginia Assembly chartered the territory in 1785 and the first lot sale was held. Morgan received the charter for the establishment of the town to be called Morgan’s Town. The direct result of the Virginia Charter is the present City of Morgantown.

Just three months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Monongalia County was established by the State of Virginia under Governor Patrick Henry on October 11, 1776. Originally, the county encompassed a much larger area, leading to Monongalia being called the “Mother of counties.” Thirteen counties, including three in Pennsylvania, have been formed from the original Monongalia. The first county seat was located near New Geneva, Pennsylvania, and Virginia courts met as far north as Pittsburgh. Extension of the Mason-Dixon line westward in 1782 more firmly established the county’s northern boundary.

Iron was an important industry in this area in the late eighteenth century. Ices Ferry was an important industrial area with a population of nearly 3,000 people. Tram roads ran into the mountains to various furnaces to bring out the iron. Ices Ferry was a shipping point and much of the iron also was processed there at a nail factory, a rolling mill, a bar mill, a stone foundry, a boatyard, a wagon shop, a blacksmith shop, and a grist mill. The ore was smelted with charcoal made from woodcut and burned in the mountains. Of the many furnaces built, a few are still standing. Best preserved is the Henry Clay Furnace built prior to 1840, located in the Coopers Rock State Forest on WV Rt. 73. By the Civil War, this industrial activity had largely disappeared because of changing economic conditions and better transportation.

Francis H. Pierpont was born near Morgantown. He was the governor of the “Restored Government of Virginia” during the Civil War and was the grandson of John Pierpont, the builder of Fort Pierpont.

Notable early structures that still stand in Morgantown include the “Old Stone House,” built prior to 1813. The structure stood on the street known as “Long Alley,” but is known today as Chestnut Street. Another structure that has been well restored is the home built by John Rogers on Foundry Street. This structure was built in 1840 and is now occupied by the Dering Funeral Home.

The first school in the region was the Monongalia Academy, established in 1814 at Spruce and Willey Streets, the present location of the VFW. West Virginia University, established in 1867, had its first facilities in the older Woodburn Academy and those facilities now constitute the historic Woodburn Circle on the downtown campus.

Morgantown has seen many changes since the charter of Morgan’s Town in 1785. Since that time Morgantown has developed the finest educational, research, industrial, health, and transportation facilities available in the area. A healthy business atmosphere and strong community effort assures that Morgantown has a lot of history to come.

Community, Climate & Location

Monongalia County, with a population of over 100,000 people, is located in the north-central part of West Virginia on the Pennsylvania border. The land is drained by the Cheat and Monongalia Rivers. Morgantown, the county seat, is the educational, medical, cultural, and commercial hub of the region. Morgantown is home to West Virginia University, one of the top research universities in the country, with an enrollment of over 29,700 students.

Morgantown and Monongalia County offer “Mountains of Opportunity” for business development and expansion. This is one of the major growth areas in the state. The presence of West Virginia University, a large healthcare industry, and the recent growth of the advanced-technology “Software Valley” and “West Virginia High Tech Consortium” development, help to ensure a bright and prosperous economic future for this community.

Elevation in the area ranges from a low of 960 feet in Morgantown to a high of 2100 feet at Cooper’s Rock. The total land area for Monongalia County is 369 square miles.
Morgantown’s Annual Mean Temperature is 52 degrees F, January mean temperature: High 37 degrees F, Low 21 degrees F and the July mean temperature: High 83 degrees F, Low 63 degrees F. The annual average rainfall is 41.2 inches and the annual average snowfall is 30-45 inches (depending upon elevation). The prevailing winds are westerly.

Highway Distance (miles) from Morgantown:

City
Miles
Pittsburgh, PA
77 miles
Charleston, WV
155 miles
Baltimore, MD
215 miles
Washington, DC
213 miles
Richmond, VA
311 miles
Toronto, Ont.
384 miles
Charlotte, NC
401 miles
Louisville, KY
396 miles
Columbus, OH
205 miles
Cleveland, OH
219 miles
New York, NY
391 miles

Healthcare

Hospitals

Monongalia General Hospital is a not-for-profit acute-care hospital serving the residents of north-central West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania. The cornerstone of Monongalia Health System, the community hospital and its medical staff provide a full range of in patient services, including a Cardiac Surgery Unit and Heart Care Center, Imaging Services, MRI and lithotripsy services, a Family Birth Center, a cancer program and state-of-the-art Emergency Services. The hospital also features a Same Day Surgery Center, hospice and home health services and an outpatient imaging center. Community outreach health programming and screenings services are an integral part of the hospital’s mission. Monongalia General Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

In addition to Monongalia General Hospital, Monongalia Health Systems Network of affiliations includes: MonPointe Continuing Care Center, Mon HealthCare Equipment and Supplies, Monongalia Emergency Medical Services, Regional Healthcare Associates, Care Partners Home Care, The Foundation of Monongalia General Hospital, The Village of Heritage Point, Surgical Eye Center of Morgantown, Morgantown Hospice, Wedgewood Imaging, Community Medical Associates and an ownership interest in HealthSouth Regional Rehabilitation Hospital.

For more information on Monongalia General Hospital, current activities sponsored by the hospital or patient/doctor referrals, please call 304.598.CARE and Website at www.monhealth.com

Monongalia Health Systems
Phone
Monongalia Health Systems
304.598.1200
Monongalia Emergency Medical Services
304.285.2700
Mon HealthCare Equipment and Supplies
304.285.2700
Care Partners, Inc.
304.285.5500
Morgantown Hospice
304.285.2777
Wedgewood Imaging Center
304.285.2742
The Foundation of Monongalia General Hospital
304.598.1337
HealthWorks, Rehab and Fitness Center
304.599.2515

HealthSouth Mountainview Regional Rehabilitation Hospital is a tertiary hospital committed to providing excellence in comprehensive medical rehabilitation services. Inpatient and outpatient programs include: Spinal Cord Injury, Orthopedics, Stroke, Muscular-Skeletal, Neurological Disorders, Pediatrics, Amputations, and Pulmonary. For more information, call 304-598-1100 or 800-388-2451.

The Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University
, a teaching hospital (completed in 1988) offers a full range of health care, provided by WVU faculty physicians and associated professionals. Ruby Memorial includes a WVU Children’s Hospital, a same-day surgery center, a skilled nursing unit, and the region’s only Level 1 trauma center. The health sciences campus also includes the Sleeth Family Medicine Center, Chestnut Ridge psychiatric hospital, HealthSouth Mountainview Regional Rehabilitation Center, The Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. WVU also hosts a major facility of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The campus is home to the state’s helicopter ambulance service and is served by a nearby Ronald McDonald House. The Health Sciences Center website is www.wvu.edu.

Physicians and Surgeons and Dental:

Over 500 physicians, surgeons, and specialists in everything from allergies to vascular surgery are in Morgantown. Over 100 dentists and over 30 specialists in such areas as endodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, and pediatric dentistry are in Morgantown

Ambulance Services
Phone
Air Ambulance Commercial Aviation
1.800.331.9422
Mets – Paramedic Service
304.296.9700
Monongalia County Emergency Services
304.599.0650
Clinics
Phone
Allegheny Women’s Centers (Pittsburgh)
1.800.773.9140
Cheat Lake Urgent Care
304.291.5533
Cheat Lake Physicians
304.594.1313
Clay Battelle Community Health Center
304.296.2791
Monongalia County Health Department
304.598.5100
>Morgantown Crisis Pregnancy Center
304.296.1111
Morgantown Ear Nose & Throat Clinic Inc.
304.599.3959
>Morgantown Health Right Free Clinic
304.292.8234
>Morgantown Orthopedic Association, Inc.
304.599.0720
University Affiliated Center for Developmental Disabilities
304.293.4692
Chestnut Ridge Hospital
304.293.4000
>Fairmont General Hospital
304.367.7100
Grafton City Hospital
304.265.0400
Harmarville Rehabilitation Center (PA)
1.800.624.4673
HealthSouth Mountainview Regional Rehabilitation Hospital
304.598.1100
Health Works Rehab and Fitness Center
304.599.-2515
Monongalia General Hospital
304.598.1200
Morgantown Dialysis Center<
304.291.6537
Preston Memorial Hospital
304.329.1400
Ruby Memorial Hospital
304.598.4000
United Hospital Center
304.624.2121

Child/Day Care Centers

Morgantown offers numerous centers for child care. Take a minute to visit www.MorgantownParentZone.org. This is a parent’s “one-stop shop” resource for daycare, programs, before and after school care, and much more. Or visit https://childcare.wvu.edu.

Churches

There are over 70 different congregations representing over 30 different religious affiliations in Monongalia County. To find out more information go to: www.wvchurches.org

Government

Morgantown:

Mayor and 6 Council Members, City Manager

Monongalia County:

3 Commissioners, County Administrator

Department
Police
60 sworn officers
35 sworn officers
22 full-time troopers
Fire
48 paid fire-fighters, plus volunteer support
1 central and 2 satellite fire companies; ISO Class 3
12 volunteer companies

Planning:

Both the City of Morgantown and Monongalia County have Planning Commissions.

Zoning:

The City of Morgantown has zoning. The county has a flood plain protection ordinance, but it does not have zoning.

Monongalia County & City Officials

Monongalia County Commissioners – Bob Bell, Asel Kennedy, Bill Borotlo
2nd floor, County Courthouse 304.291.7257
Monongalia County Courthouse
243 High St. Morgantown, 26505
Monongalia County Clerk – Carye Blaney
Courthouse Rm 123 304.291.7230
Monongalia County Assessor – Mark Musik
Courthouse Annex 2nd floor. 304.291.7222
Monongalia County Sheriff – Al Kisner
155 Chancery Row, Mgtn. 26505 304.291.7260
Monongalia County Planning Commission County Planner – Sherry Kelly
180 Hart Field Rd. Mgtn. 26505 304.291.9570
City of Morgantown
389 Spruce St. Mgtn. 26505 304.284.7405

City Officials

City Manager – Jeff Mikorski
Mayor – Jennifer Selin
Deputy Mayor – Marti Shamberger
City Council – Charlie Byrer, Marti Shamberger, Jennifer Selin, John Gaddis, Ron Bane
City Clerk – Linda Tucker 304.284.7434 Rm 10
City Planner – Ken Martis 304.284.7431

Morgantown Police Department

Chief: Phil Scott 304.284.7522
300 Spruce St. Mgtn. 26505

Mon Co. Board of Education

Central office:
13 S. High St.
304.291.9210

Superintendent of Schools
Frank Denovo
304.291.9210 ext. 500

Executive secretary
304.291.9210 ext. 530

Board of Education

Eastern District
Nancy Walker 304.599.4870

Western District
Joseph Statler 304.879.5773

Central District
Dr. Barbara Parsons
304.292.0134

Dr. Clarence Harvey
304.296.6377

WVU Mon Co Extension
Office 304.291.7201
26 Commerce Dr. WesMon Plaza

Schools

Private Schools

School
Address
Phone
Adventist Christian School
9 Oakwood Road Fairmont
304.363.2079
Alliance Christian School
308 Elmhurst Street
304.598.2929
Morgantown Christian Academy
Greenbag Road, Morgantown
304.292.9872
Morgantown Early Learning Center
Easton Mill Road, Morgantown
304.291.5845
Pleasant Day Schools
1351 Airport Blvd., Morgantown
304.292.8078
St. Francis de Sales Central Catholic School
Grafton Road, Morgantown
304.291.5070
Serendipity Pre School
1850 Mileground Road, Morgantown
304.599.2010
Trinity Christian School
200 Trinity Way, Morgantown
304.291.4659

Public Schools

Off-spring and Expansion Management magazines have both rated the Monongalia County school system as one of the best school systems in the country. County high schools, technical, and college programs are linked through the “Tech Prep” and “High Schools That Work” programs.

Public Schools in West Virginia are administered by the county Board of Education and consist of early childhood through high school. If you wish to learn more about our local schools or would like a tour, call the Monongalia County Board of Education at 304.291.9210 or go to boe.mono.k12.wv.us/

Children entering the Monongalia County school system from another state must have certificates of complete immunization against all childhood diseases, certified birth certificates, and transcripts from their previous schools.

Vocational education is offered to high school students during the day and adults in the evening at the Monongalia Technical Education Center (304.291.9240.) Some evening classes are offered through Fairmont State University (Pierpont) with college credits. Check class listings.

Christian Schools

School
Address
Phone
Url
Trinity Christian School
200 Trinity Way
Morgantown, WV 26505
304.291.4659
St. Francis de Sales Central Catholic School
41 Guthrie Lane
Morgantown, WV 26508
304.291.5070

Business, Secretarial, Industrial, Technical & Trade Schools

School
Address
Phone
Academy of Investigation & Security
1150 University Ave.
304.291.3779
Computer Tech, Inc.
Fairmont
304.534.5677
HRDF Skill Training Center
Old Greer Building
304.296.3548
H & R Block
131 Greenbag Road
304.292.7803
Laural Business Institute
Uniontown, PA
412.439.4900, 304.296.4900
Phlebotomy Group
8075 Grand Central Station
304.292.2969
Stanley Technical Institue
278 Spruce Street
304.296.3548
TDDS (Truck)
Youngstown, OH
1.800.626.8730
West Virginia Junior College
Willey & Chestnut St.
304.296.8282
Western School of Health & Business Careers
Pittsburgh
1.800.333.6607

Universities/Colleges

Morgantown is home to West Virginia University (www.wvu.edu), the flagship institution of high education in the state. A public land grant institution, founded in 1867, the University’s thirteen colleges and schools offer 170 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degree programs. WVU is classified as a “Carnegie Research 1 Institution,” and as such, is one of the nation’s top research Universities. Students come from all counties in West Virginia, most states in the United States, and 100 other nations. The Student Guide to America’s Best 100 College Buys consistently puts WVU in its top 100 based on academics and low tuition costs.

The University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Some of the schools include the College of Agriculture and Forestry, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, College of Creative Arts, School of Dentistry, College of Engineering, College of Human Resources and Education, School of Journalism, College of Law, School of Medicine, College of Mineral and Energy Resources, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, School of Physical Education, and the School of Social Work.

WVU is the heart of cultural and sports activities in Morgantown. Fans come from all over West Virginia and around the country for the Mountaineer football games in the fall, sometimes exceeding the 60,000 stadium seat capacity. The Mountaineer basketball games are played at the Coliseum which seats around 14,000. The newly renovated Creative Arts Center, seating 1,600, offers both musical and dramatic events, along with galleries exhibiting student work and work from up-and-coming artists. The Core Arboretum has 7 hiking trails with several hundred species of native plants, and is occasionally the site of planned activities. The Shell Indoor Recreation Center and Natatorium are located near the Coliseum. WVU offers a Student Recreation Center as well. The Erickson Alumni Center is located just 400 yards from Milan Puskar Stadium. Finished in 2009, it has multiple meeting rooms, a large banquet hall, a bell tower/carillon system, and outdoor courtyard.

The PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) system that was built by the US Department of Transportation as a national research and demonstration project runs from the downtown campus to the Medical School with several stops along the way.

Information Centers for West Virginia University

Mountainlair Information Desk (Downtown): 304.293.3450
WVU Visitor & Information Center – Waterfront Place: 304.293.3489

Other nearby post-secondary schools and colleges include:

Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV
Waynesburg College in Waynesburg, PA
Salem-Teikyo University, Salem, WV
West Virginia Junior College, Morgantown, WV

Local Taxes

State Sales Tax: 6 Percent
Local Income Tax: There is no city or county income tax.
State Income Tax: West Virginia State Income Tax
Local Property Tax: To download a brochure on how to estimate your real estate taxes, personal property taxes, dog tags and license fees and more go to: www.assessor.org and click on the “levy rates” button.

Business Taxes

The state of West Virginia presently imposes two primary business taxes: the Corporate Net Income Tax and the Business Franchise Tax. The Corporate Net Income Tax rate is 9 percent of the federal taxable income of the corporation for the year. The measure of the Business Franchise Tax is the net worth of the corporation or partnership as determined for federal income tax purposes. The tax is levied at the rate of .70% or $50, whichever is greater. Three additional taxes are levied upon specialized industries. A Severance Tax is imposed on the production of natural resources. The Business and Occupation Tax, a gross receipt levy, is imposed upon utilities and electric power producers. A Telecommunications Tax is imposed upon telephone companies.

It should be noted that West Virginia offers many tax incentives to encourage business and industry to locate, expand, or modernize facilities in this state. Evaluation of West Virginia’s tax laws and comparisons with those of other states frequently reflect an overall lower tax cost to businesses in West Virginia. The State Department of Tax and Revenue is supportive of economic development and maintains a staff of tax incentive specialists to provide detailed tax projections. The Department can also provide tax comparisons between West Virginia and other localities.

Business Assistance

Financial Assistance

The state of West Virginia offers a variety of financial incentive programs to encourage the location of business and industry. For example, The West Virginia Economic Development Authority (WVEDA) can provide up to 45 percent in financing fixed assets by providing low-interest, direct loans to expanding existing businesses, as well as new businesses locating in West Virginia. Other financing programs available from the WVEDA include Indirect Loan Programs, and Industrial Revenue Bonds. Venture capital for small businesses is available via the WV Jobs Investment Trust and the WV Capital Company Act. Project infrastructure financing may also be available via the WV Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council and Tax Increment Financing. Locally, the Morgantown Area Economic Partnership offers small business micro-loans of up to $50,000 to new or expanding small businesses.

Employee Training

The state offers Workforce Development grant programs to assist new and expanding businesses fulfill their training needs. A combination of customized training for a company’s specific needs and a statewide vocational training system will provide trained workers for business.

Tax Incentives

West Virginia offers many tax incentives to encourage business and industry to locate, expand or modernize facilities in this state. The Economic Opportunity Tax Credit is perhaps the most liberal tax credit allowed by any state. It permits a qualifying taxpayer to recover up to 80 percent of the cost of the investment through credits against state taxes applied over a period of up to13 years. There are also tax credits for Corporate Headquarters Relocation, Manufacturing Investment, and Strategic R & D Investment. Many other state tax credits exist and Donald Reinke can provide you with information on all tax credits and other business assistance programs.

Sites and Buildings: The Morgantown Area offers a good selection of commercial and industrial sites and buildings at competitive prices, including the following:
The Monongalia County Development Authority has commercial and industrial property available for sale or lease, including the 80-acre Chaplin Hill Business Park, the 50-acre Fort Martin Industrial Park, the 13-acre Airport Research and Office Park, and the 13-acre Hartman Run Road Site. The Development Authority also owns and operates the 14,000 SF Morgantown Enterprise Center which offers quality, full-service, office space for new businesses at below market rates.
The Morgantown Industrial and Research Park offers 150 acres of developable land, of which 30 acres are contiguous.
The Morgantown Area Economic Partnership maintains an inventory of many other commercial and industrial sites and buildings in the Morgantown area.

The Ten Largest Employers in Monongalia County, 2014

  1. West Virginia University
  2. West Virginia University Hospitals
  3. Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  4. Monongalia County Board of Education
  5. Monongalia General Hospital
  6. University Health Associates
  7. Teletech Customer Care Management (WV), Inc.
  8. Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.
  9. The Kroger Company
  10. Gabe’s

Voter Registration

Registration must occur at least 30 days prior to an election in order to vote in that election. To register to vote, a person must be at least 18 years old or attain 18 years of age on or before the next general election, a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident of Monongalia County, and must not claim voting residence in another state or territory. In order to register, you must present a valid ID (i.e., birth certificate, driver’s license, or a passport.) You can register at the County Courthouse (304.291.7238.)

To determine the location of your polling place, check your registration ID card to determine your precinct number. Then check the local newspaper for your precinct number location. Polling locations are open on Election Day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Contact the Office of the Circuit Clerk to obtain an absentee ballot.

Population

Selected Population Statistics, Monongalia County, 2014

Population
Households
Median Age
Persons Per Household
102,274
41,725
29.48
2.22

Race and Ethnicity, Monongalia County, 2014

Race/Ethnicity
Number
Percent
White
90,191
90.00
African American
4,264
4.3
Asian/Other
3,717
3.7
Hispanic
2,093
2.0
Total
100,265
100

Morgantown Utility Companies

Electric

Mon Power: 800.686.0022

Gas

Dominion Hope: 800.688.4673, Emergency Service 800.934.3187 www.dom.com
Mountaineer Gas: 800.834.2070 www.mgcwv.com

Water

Morgantown Utility Board: 304.292.8443, After Hours, Weekends, Holidays 304.296.4322 www.mub.com
Clinton Water Association: 304.292.3088

Sewage

Morgantown Utility Board: 304.292.8443, After Hours, Weekends, Holidays 304.296.4322 www.mub.com
Decker’s Creek Public Service District: 304.296.6765
Scotts Public Service District: 304.599.8004
Little Creek Public Service (Thistledown): 304.367.0717

Garbage

Allied Waste Service (Republic Services): 304.366.8900
Walls Sanitation (Meadow Ponds): 304.432.8300

Cable

Comcast: 800.266.2278
Dish Network: 304.907.0224

Helpful links

Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.tourmorgantown.com
Chamber of Commerce: www.morgantownchamber.org
Main Street Morgantown: www.downtownmorgantown.com
Morgantown.com: www.morgantown.com
DominionPost.com: www.dominionpost.com
Homes&Land: www.homesandland.com
Monongalia County Schools: http://boe.mono.k12.wv.us/
Morgantown Municipal Airport: www.morgantownairport.com
United Way: www.TeamUnitedWay.org

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