Local and Regional Information
The Benedum Aerospace Park is located on the North Central West Virginia Airport in Bridgeport, West Virginia, which is owned and operated by the Benedum Airport Authority. Current tenants of the Aerospace Park include the following: Aurora Flight Sciences; the Bombardier Aerospace West Virginia Air Center; Fairmont State University Aviation Center; FMW Composite Systems; V1 Services (Fixed Base Operator); KCI Aviation; Lockhead-Martin; Pratt & Whitney Engine Services; and the Robert. C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center.
The Industrial Park is located to the north and adjacent to the Airport on Bypass 279, connecting US Interstate I-79 and Route 50. I-79 connects north and south West Virginia with direct access to I-68, I-70 to the North and I-64 and I75 to the South. The North Central West Virginia Region offers a large skilled labor pool, outstanding access to multiple intermodal transportation options, which include air, rail, and trucking facilities.
One of the features of the Benedum Aerospace and Industrial Park is the access to a skilled workforce among a population of approximately 435,000 people within a 50 mile radius of the site.
The regional economy around the Bridgeport / Clarksburg and Harrison County area is a healthy, vibrant economy, one that is performing better than most other regions in the state. Recently, researchers from the West Virginia University College of Business and Economic Research characterized the economy of North Central West Virginia as follows:
"North-central West Virginia is outpacing the rest of the state and country in job creation and per capita income growth, and a new economic study predicts the trend will continue.
"The high rate of job creation should continue over the next four years, " said George Hammond, a WVU economics professor who compiled the research.
"Job sectors likely to benefit the most will be construction, professional and business service, health care, trade and government."
- The Charleston Gazette, March 2, 2006