Clarksburg, has evolved from a City dependent on a few major glass factories, coal mines, and industrial plants to a City flourishing with small business, light manufacturing, and professional services. Because of the population base, Clarksburg became, and still is, the main commercial, health care, and professional office location in the region. As the county seat of Harrison County, Clarksburg is the heart of the County Government, with the County Court House located on Main Street. It also has a large number of State and Federal Agencies located in the Central Business District, including the U.S. Small Business Administration, Federal Court House, Social Security Administration, among others.
Clarksburg’s Historic downtown is also home to the largest legal, accounting, and banking community in north central West Virginia. Approximately 7,000 professionals work in the Downtown Central Business District each weekday.
Along with the Central Business District, Clarksburg’s major retail and commercial area, Eastpointe Shopping Center, is expanding by an additional 80 acres of commercial space with the addition of the "NEW" Pointed Plaza development along Interstate 79, creating the largest strip commercial locations in the State, with over 80 large and small businesses including three motels and seven major restaurants.
Because Clarksburg is situated at the intersection of major transportation routes leading into surrounding counties, the city’s market population includes the contiguous surrounding rural counties of Harrison, Marion, Taylor, Barbour, Upshur, Lewis, Doddridge, and Wetzel. All eight counties have a total population of 223,805 (1990 census). This population base is expected to increase to over 230,000 by the year 2000, and businesses situated in Clarksburg will be able to capitalize on the growing region.