The City of Martinsburg is the Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley. Martinsburg, the county seat and long-standing commercial and cultural hub of the county and of the Eastern Panhandle, is the state's fastest growing city. We honor our historic heritage and are working to ensure our future through high quality services to business and residents, planned growth in commercial and residential areas, as well as major roadway and utility improvements.
Martinsburg City Council, works in tandem with an extremely active Chamber of Commerce, including more than 500 members, businesses and industries, Berkeley County Development Authority, Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority and Main Street Martinsburg, among others. Coupled with an extremely involved, business-friendly citizenry, this cooperative effort has resulted in attracting business interests to the area.
Martinsburg has expanded its western frontier through numerous annexations, with additional annexation planned to stay in front of growing demand. Aggressive infrastructure planning, including the completion of a $23 million water filtration/distribution system, effectively meets future needs.
The City of Martinsburg recently created a Martinsburg Downtown Development District where certain economic and tax incentives are available to businesses and property owners in the District. This District was created for the purpose of encouraging reinvestment in real properties thus promoting the growth of the Martinsburg Downtown District. Businesses located within the District receive a 10% credit against the business and occupation tax liability.
The City of Martinsburg has also instituted a Business and Occupation Tax Credit for new businesses locating within the corporate limits. New businesses are allowed a tax credit for three years, with a 75% tax credit for year one, a 50% tax credit for year two and a 25% tax credit for year three.
Martinsburg is blessed with a myriad of historic sites and tourist attractions. The Belle Boyd House and Research Center attracts many visitors. The Apollo Theatre produces a full season each year with local performers in dramatic and musical roles. The Arts Centre sponsors revolving art shows, four per year, featuring regional and national artists.
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.
The City of Martinsburg's mission is to expand economic opportunities for our citizens by expanding the City's tax base and retaining and creating jobs. You will find there is something for everyone in Martinsburg!
If you would like more information about incentive programs and economic development opportunities in Martinsburg, contact the City Manager at (304) 264-2131 ext. 277.
Click here for the 2013 Economic Development Strategic Plan