Putnam County Community

Putnam County West Virginia is conveniently located along the I-64 corridor in the heart of the region’s manufacturing industry and is strategically located within a 500 mile/800 kilometer radius of half of the U.S. population and one-third of the Canadian market. While Putnam County is ideally situated for a wide variety of business and industry, Putnam County citizens also enjoy a high quality of life with an incredible array of recreational opportunities, an extensive park system, cutting edge health care, and an outstanding education system that is consistently ranked among the best when compared to national standards.

Why Do Successful Businesses Locate in Putnam County?

Businesses thrive in Putnam County due to the strategic location, easy access to national and global markets, low energy costs, excellent infrastructure, business friendly environment, and a highly skilled and dedicated workforce that is second to none. Putnam County has a long track record of successfully attracting global business and industry leaders and continues to remain the top choice for a wide variety of world-class companies such as Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Multicoat Corporation, Diamond Electric Manufacturing Corp., Alpha Technologies, Eagle Research Corp., Appalachian Power Company, and many others.
Putnam County offers business and industry a variety of transportation options to quickly access major cities and business hubs across the East Coast and Continental U.S., including two commercial airports, three major interstate highway systems, railways and navigable waterways. With the new Heartland Intermodal Gateway, companies in Putnam County can easily access international shipping ports in Chicago and Virginia.The Putnam County Development Authority stands ready to support business and industry seeking the perfect site to relocate, invest and expand. Explore our website for helpful data and then give us a call so we can begin assisting you with your project.

Why is Living in Putnam County so Popular?

Putnam County has long been one of the most popular places to live in West Virginia. According to the US Census Bureau, Putnam is the only county in the region to consistently record population growth every year since 1970. The reasons for this growth are numerous; residents enjoy high quality affordable housing, superior schools, cutting edge healthcare, and abundant recreational opportunities.
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Putnam County residents enjoy convenient access to cutting edge advanced healthcare and this is reflected in favorable health outcomes for county residents. Six hospitals, including several university teaching facilities are located within a 30-minute drive and there are an abundance of health care providers of all specialties.

CAMC Teays Valley Hospital, located in Hurricane, WV, is a non-profit, 70-bed hospital. More than 100 doctors have privileges to practice at the hospital and along with nearly 400 nurses and non-clinical staff, provide the highest quality care to the residents of Putnam County and surrounding areas.

As part of the CAMC Health System, the Putnam County facility has access to the resources of a nonprofit, 956-bed, regional referral and academic medical center with more than 6,000 employees. In addition to the Putnam County facility, CAMC Health System is made up of three additional hospitals: CAMC General Hospital, CAMC Memorial Hospital and CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital. The system is home to one of the largest heart programs in the United States; the only kidney transplant center in West Virginia; the highest level trauma center; and the only freestanding children’s hospital in the state. All medical services are supported by primary care physicians throughout the region who regularly treat their patients at CAMC hospitals or refer them to CAMC for specialty consultation and treatment.

In 2017 The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute released health numbers, based on 30 factors, for almost every county in the United States. Putnam County was ranked second healthiest in the state of West Virginia. Among the factors used to determine overall county health were poverty, education, transportation, housing and jobs in the rankings which have been released annually for the past eight years.

Read More About The Health Study Here

In 2017 Marshall Health opened its doors to a new 51,000-square-foot clinical facility in the county. The new facility consolidates Marshall Health’s existing internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatric offices in Putnam County under one roof. Orthopedics, sports medicine, on-site imaging (x-ray) and laboratory services are among the expanded offerings now available in Teays Valley.

Recreation Opportunities

Putnam County boasts numerous year round recreation opportunities and events.

The 60 acre Valley Park includes Waves of Fun Water Park, Valley Park Community Center, an 18-Hole mini golf course, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, a beach volley ball court, Hernshaw Soccer Field, numerous multi-purpose fields, fishing ponds, miles of walking trails, an outdoor amphitheater, a seasonal synthetic ice rink, numerous picnic shelters, and a fenced-in dog park.

In 2016, community leaders undertook a $15 million, two-phase renovation of Valley Park. Phase I overhauls will include updating several recreational areas; converting the baseball, softball and soccer fields from grass to turf surfaces and repurposing them to regulation sizes for tournament play; and constructing a new, all-inclusive playground. Completion on the first phase is anticipated for fall 2017.

Read About The $15 million Park Improvement Project

Putnam County Schools

Putnam County Schools has 23 schools serving approximately 9,800 students. These schools include three National Blue Ribbon Schools, 16 West Virginia Schools of Excellence, one National Title I Distinguished School, and one Premier Career and Technical Center.

  • Average ACT scores are above the National Composite and above the West Virginia Average in ALL tested areas.
  • Putnam County Schools’ graduation rate is among the best in West Virginia, and significantly higher than the national average; the drop-out rate is among the lowest at less than 1% for all students.
  • Putnam Career & Technical Center has a 91% job placement for graduates

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