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Why Wheeling? Brief overview


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Short summary of why businesses making loacation decisions should look at Wheeling, West Virginia for their new location.

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Why Wheeling? Brief overview

  1. 1. Why Wheeling <ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>Available Workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of Life </li></ul><ul><li>Lower Costs of Doing Business </li></ul>
  3. 3. Wheeling’s Location & Demographics <ul><li>Near Large Populations </li></ul><ul><li>50 miles/1 hour – 1.8 million people </li></ul><ul><li>100 miles/2 hours – 6.4 million people </li></ul><ul><li>150 miles/3 hours – 12.7 million people </li></ul><ul><li>200 miles/4 hours – 20 million people </li></ul>City Miles Pittsburgh 55 Columbus 123 Cleveland 177 Washington, DC 300 Indianapolis 315 Detroit 330 Louisville 340 Philadelphia 350 Toronto 400 New York 425 Chicago 460
  4. 4. Wheeling’s Location & Demographics <ul><ul><li>I-70 – The Nation’s East-- West Route </li></ul></ul><ul><li>55,000 vehicles pass Main Street/Downtown I-70 exit daily </li></ul><ul><li>153,622 vehicles travel through the Wheeling area per day </li></ul><ul><li>Urban areas to the East: </li></ul><ul><li>Pittsburgh – 2.3 Million </li></ul><ul><li>Washington, DC / Baltimore – 7.6 Million </li></ul><ul><li>Philadelphia – 6.1 Million </li></ul><ul><li>Urban areas to the West: </li></ul><ul><li>Columbus – 1.5 Million </li></ul><ul><li>Cleveland – 2.9 Million </li></ul><ul><li>Indianapolis – 1.6 Million </li></ul><ul><li>Detroit – 5.4 Million </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago – 9.1 Million </li></ul>
  5. 5. Wheeling’s Location & Demographics 3 County Region Allegheny County, PA United States < 10 minutes 10-19 minutes 20-29 minutes 30-39 minutes 40-59 minutes 60-89 minutes 90 + minutes Work at home Commuting times of our region’s workforce compared to Pittsburgh, PA and the United States Source: US Census Bureau 3.26% 2.5% 2.67% 2.68% 1.58% 3.06% 5.04% 4.18% 3.89% 10.39% 12.15% 8.36% 15.26% 17.6% 10.26% 19.62% 22.01% 18.54% 29.82% 28.50% 34.86% 13.93% 11.47% 18.36%
  6. 6. Wheeling’s Location & Demographics Cost of Doing Business <ul><li>Overall, Wheeling has relatively low structural operating costs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Companies considering Wheeling as a location for operations could expect cost savings of approximately: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>* 10%-15% relative to the national average, and </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>* 25%-30% relative to major urban centers (i.e. San Francisco, New York) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From a labor perspective, Wheeling has a two tier cost structure: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>* Local structure for lower skilled positions including Level 1 standard processing, standard support, general inquiry activities, and Level 2 (custom processing, custom product support) activities </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>* Regional structure for higher skilled positions for Levels 3 activities (supervision, Q/A and Q/C and Level 4 activities (Management, expert escalation/resolution) </li></ul></ul></ul>Source: Deloitte Consulting Shared Services Capability Assessment (2006)
  7. 7. Wheeling’s Quality of Life <ul><li>Excellent Quality of Life </li></ul><ul><li>Nationally Recognized Education System </li></ul><ul><li>Award Winning Medical Care </li></ul><ul><li>World Class Entertainment and Recreation </li></ul><ul><li>National Attractions and Growing Economy </li></ul>
  8. 8. Wheeling’s Quality of Life <ul><li>Award Winning Public and Private Schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Six schools designated National Schools of Excellence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twenty-Five schools designated WV Schools of Excellence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low teacher/student ratio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technologically Advanced Classrooms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full range of gifted programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete programs for mental and/or physical disabilities </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Wheeling’s Quality of Life <ul><ul><li>Over 50 Institutions within two hour drive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Northern Panhandle Institutions Include: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>West Liberty State College </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wheeling Jesuit University </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bethany College </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>West Virginia Northern Community College </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>West Virginia University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Approximately a one hour drive </li></ul></ul></ul>Higher Education
  10. 10. Easy Access to Pittsburgh and Columbus Wheeling’s Quality of Life
  11. 11. <ul><li>Cost of Living </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6th Nationally in affordable housing costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New and existing housing priced below national average </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low property taxes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ranked 22 nd of 351 metro areas for most affordable cost of living </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Low Crime Rate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One of America's safest areas, according to national crime statistics. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ranks as Second Lowest in the Country (FBI Uniform Crime Statistics) </li></ul></ul>Wheeling’s Quality of Life
  12. 12. Wheeling’s Quality of Life <ul><li>Ohio Valley Medical Center </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State of the Art Cancer Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Partner </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wheeling Hospital </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ranked in the Top Ten Percentile in Cardiac Care </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Wheeling’s Quality of Life <ul><li>DOWNTOWN AND WHEELING HERITAGE PORT </li></ul><ul><li>Heritage Port festivals and concerts attract 350,000 people </li></ul><ul><li>Docking port to Delta Queen Steamboats with 175 to 425 passengers </li></ul><ul><li>Wheeling Civic Center attracts 485,000 people annually </li></ul>
  14. 14. Wheeling’s Quality of Life <ul><li>OGLEBAY RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTER </li></ul><ul><li>3 million visitors annually </li></ul><ul><li>3 championship golf courses </li></ul><ul><li>Regional conference facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Winter Festival of Lights – 600,000 visitors </li></ul><ul><li>Museums </li></ul><ul><li>Zoo </li></ul><ul><li>Planetarium </li></ul><ul><li>Park recreation: swimming, miniature golf, fishing, playground </li></ul>
  15. 15. Wheeling’s Quality of Life <ul><li>WHEELING ISLAND RACE TRACK AND GAMING CENTER </li></ul><ul><li>Over 2 million visitors annually </li></ul><ul><li>150 room hotel – live entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Table Games available fall 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>2,500 gaming machines </li></ul><ul><li>Major expansions planned </li></ul><ul><li>95% of visitors from out of state </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>The Highlands and Cabela’s </li></ul><ul><li>Cabela’s 175,000 square foot retail store opened in 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Animal displays, aquariums, education and entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Attracts 4 million visitors annually </li></ul><ul><li>Overall development is over 1000 acres </li></ul>Wheeling’s Quality of Life
  17. 17. National Attractions and Growing Economy