Located in North Central West
Virginia, where the Monongahela, Tygart, and West Fork Rivers flow together, is the City of Fairmont. Fairmont
is the 'middle-town' between Morgantown, a short distance to the north, and Clarksburg, a short distance to
Fairmont is the county seat of Marion County and while the population is just under 20,000, it is the largest
municipality in Marion County. The City was chartered on February 18, 1899. Many of the markings of a prospering
‘turn-of-the-century’ community are preserved in the downtown’s historic district.
The City offers its citizens and business owners a rich mix of professional and government services supported by
modest retail and industrial ventures. Quality of life issues are addressed through numerous recreational
opportunities, educational programming, and preservation efforts.
The City of Fairmont has experienced
a strengthening economy during the past few years with
extensive new job creation and growth, particularly in the fields of high technology. Fairmont has created the
only high technology business park in West Virginia, fostering research and development in fields such as automation,
imaging, and aerospace. The technology park is strategically located along the I-79 Technology Corridor at
the South Fairmont Exit 132.
Recently the new Gateway Connector opened, creating a link between Downtown
Fairmont and I-79
at the new Downtown Exit 134. This 1.5 mile gateway provides an attractive entrance into the City, while offering
walking/bike paths, a visitors center, and a small playground. Fairmont is well positioned to continue steady growth
for years to come. Important planning preparations (including comprehensive planning and new ‘smart growth’ zoning
regulations) are being implemented.
Fairmont residents and business owners enjoy some of the lowest property and
Business and Occupation Taxes in the state.
The 8.2 square miles that make up the corporate limits contain approximately
110 miles of maintained streets.
The City also offers paid professional Police, Fire, Building/Code Enforcement, Land Use
Planning, and Public Works departments.