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Mayor of Wheeling

A Message From Mayor Andy McKenzie

Welcome to the City of Wheeling, and thank you for visiting our website!

This is an exciting time in Wheeling with many development projects in progress to invigorate and revitalize our great city.

Our unique architecture, deep history, and unparalleled love for the arts and music make this a truly amazing place.

Much like our neighboring cities, Wheeling is shifting from an industrial-based economy to a creative-class economy, and we remain committed to moving forward with progress and innovation. 
 
I am committed to advancing the natural, cultural, creative, and intellectual strengths of Wheeling and transforming those characteristics into sustainable and positive developments that will benefit our residents for many generations.
 
From the ongoing redevelopment of our waterfront and downtown to our many cultural institutions and flourishing business climate; to our metropolitan architecture and an artistic community that continues to inspire and excite; to an extensive university and college system and our nationally-ranked hospitals, the energy of this city is contagious. 

Wheeling is your place, and we’re so glad you’re here.

Warmest Regards,
Andy McKenzie, Mayor
 

Read what Mayor McKenzie had to say in his 2015 State of the City address. 


Biography

Elected in May 2008, Andy McKenzie began serving his first four-year term as the Mayor of Wheeling in July of that year. He was re-elected for a second term in May 2012. 
 
Mayor McKenzie is a proud graduate of Wheeling Park High School. McKenzie went on to graduate from West Liberty State College (now West Liberty University) and received his M.B.A from West Virginia University. From 1996-2008, Andy served as a Senator with the West Virginia Legislature, where he held the position of Minority Whip for the 73rd through 77th Legislatures.
 
In addition to serving as Wheeling City Mayor, Andy is employed as a financial advisor. He is certified as a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS) and Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS). He has a Series 7 securities license, as well as Series 63 and 65 licenses.  
 
Andy and his wife Carrie have three children – Austin, Levi, and Quinn.  
 
Andy is proud to be involved in his community and the state of West Virginia, which is evident from his many affiliations. Among those are: 

  • Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce, Executive Board
  • Regional Economic Development Partnership, Executive Board
  • West Virginia Municipal League, Board President 2015-2016
  • Wheeling Lions Club
  • American Council of Young Political Leaders
  • Leadership West Virginia Class of 2015
  • Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Wheeling Class of 1991
  • Ohio County Development Authority
He has received the following professional honors: 
  • 2013 Quiet Strength Award, West Virginia Municipal League
  • 2000 Leadership Award, West Virginia Care Home Association for Elderly Rights
  • 1999 Northern Panhandle Aging Service Directors Award
  • 1998 Legislator of the Year, YWCA Family Violence Prevention Program
  • 1996 U. S. Small Business Administration Entrepreneur of the Year for West Virginia
Under Mayor McKenzie’s leadership, the City of Wheeling developed an ambitious growth strategy. City officials focused on driving economic development and investment by reducing and eliminating business and occupation taxes, fees, and licenses for Wheeling businesses. Additionally, they aggressively addressed dilapidated and vacant structures and took necessary steps to right-size the city’s workforce. In 2015, as a result of reducing the tax burden and operating more efficiently, the City was able to invest a record amount into roads and infrastructure throughout the city.

Mayor McKenzie believes you must have a strong team – made up of City Council, the City Manager, City administration and staff – dedicated to making Wheeling a great city. Because of this, the City of Wheeling is seeing investment and involvement like never before.  

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From the region’s largest trail system, to national schools of excellence, to a reorganized municipal government, the City of Wheeling offers a dynamic environment for you, your family and your business. There are many features that are unique to this area and we are proud of them! Our businesses enjoy the business climate as well with our advanced, motivated work force. The work force also enjoys being active in our various professional organizations. The area boasts year-round entertainment, leisure, sports, music, festivals, dining, shopping, and much more.

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