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Morgantown Area is a prospering community located in the North Central part of West Virginia. Situated in the hills of the Appalachian Basin, Morgantown is situated along the Monongahela River approximately 75 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA and 200 miles west of Washington D.C.
Located on a crossroads of Intersate 79 and Interstate 68, Morgantown is within a 500 mile radius of half of the nation’s population. This area is one of the major population and economic growth areas in the State.
The presence of West Virginia University, a large health care industry, and the emerging growth of the advanced technology development in the “I-79 High-Tech Corridor ” help to insure a bright and prosperous economic future for the community.
Nationally Accredited Retirement Community
Greater Morgantown’s retirement community designation came from Governor Underwood in 2000. Morgantown is now one of seven DRCs across the state that have shown excellence in housing, education, health care, recreation and culture. From University alumni to returning residents, retirees are one of the area’s fastest growing population groups.
Local retiree attraction efforts began as an economic and community development initiative in 1991 when members of the Community Living Initiatives Corporation (CLIC) formed the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce Vision 2000 Retirement Community Committee. It was through this committee that projects like The Village at Heritage Point, one of the state’s first independent living retirement communities, were developed.
WVU-Greater Morgantown Safe Community
The West Virginia University-Greater Morgantown Safe Community became the 28th community in the United States to be designated as an accredited Safe Community. We are the 1st global Safe Community, and unique to the United States, because of our collaboration between a city, county and institution of higher learning in our efforts to prevent injury and death due to accidents. Recently, we were 1 of top 50 communities in the United States to receive an award from Aetna, American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties for our efforts to make our community a safer, healthier place to live.
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