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Publication Date

Winter 1-2020


Chambers College of Business and Economics


Bureau of Business & Economic Research


Economic Profile of the Potomac Highlands


West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands region—consisting of Grant, Hardy, Hampshire, Mineral, and Pendleton counties—experienced a significant economic disruption in 2015 when the Sugar Grove Naval Station closed its doors. The Naval Station, which was designed to monitor communications transmissions for the military and National Security Agency, made a significant contribution to the Pendleton County economy, and to the broader Potomac Highlands region. This study is part of a series of reports from West Virginia University researchers at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, the Regional Research Institute, and the Brownfields Assistance Center that evaluate the Potomac Highlands region’s economy and provide a comprehensive set of action plans to provide direction for the region’s policy makers to enhance the area’s economic growth. In this report, we examine the economic impact of the Sugar Grove Naval Center’s closure and provide a profile of the broader economy of the Potomac Highlands region.