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The Webster County Economic Development Authority has created an interactive, virtual tour of the county's business park. This marks the first known 360-degree virtual tour of a West Virginia development authority property.

"Seeing is believing," said Geary Weir, Director of the Webster County Economic Development Authority. "The tour provides a real sense of what the facility looks like and what it can provide to businesses."

The virtual tour is comprised of a series of images that have been seamlessly merged together, which allows the viewer to experience a 360-degree view of each room in the facility.

"Consultants and real estate agents can view the site from their home or office and we can walk through the property together on-line," Weir said.

Visitors are transported inside the Webster County Business Park and through the Robert C. Byrd Information Technology Center via software similar to Google Earth. As participants travel through the 17,200 square foot facility, individuals are able to move their views from side to side using arrow buttons in the tour window or by dragging the screen in a full 360-degree rotation. During the tour, areas are highlighted, encouraging the viewer to click and explore different locations.

"The virtual tour allows Webster County to promote to new markets more efficiently," Weir said.

Completed in 2003, IBM previously used the Robert C. Byrd Information Technology Center as a document scanning and conversion data facility. The building remains equipped with broadband service and fiber accessibility.

In addition, the building has many special features including an energy efficient geothermal HVAC system, diesel back-up generator, and a climate controlled data center with an INERGEN dry fire suppression system. The facility is handicap accessible and the parking lot contains over 100 parking spaces.

The Webster County Business Park has two additional site features to complement the Robert C. Byrd Information Technology Center. The Warehouse adds an extra 20,000 square feet of space that can be used for multiple functions, including manufacturing. The building is equipped with a loading dock and an overhead drive-thru bay door.

"The Warehouse is extremely efficient allowing space for large inventory or shipping operations," Weir said.

A quarter-mile walking trail winds around the front of the property, adding quality of life in a park-like atmosphere.

Located in Cowen, the Webster County Business Park also includes a medical office on site. Take the virtual tour at the following link: http://www.webstercountybusinesspark.com/.

The Webster County Economic Development Authority offers a full range of services for businesses or individuals looking to expand or relocate in Webster County. For information about these services or the Webster County Business Park, please contact Geary Weir at 304-847-2145.