Mayor Glenn F. Elliott, Jr.
Elected: May 10, 2016
Took Office: July 1, 2016
Term: Four-year term through June 30, 2020
Born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia, Mr. Elliott is a 1990 graduate of the Linsly School and a 1994 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. From 1994 to 1999, he served as Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd in his Washington, D.C. office. In 2001, he graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2001 with a Juris Doctorate degree. He then joined the international law firm Baker Botts LLP in Washington, D.C., where he worked from 2001 through 2008 as a corporate lawyer focusing on mergers and acquisitions and securities law compliance. In 2009, he returned home to Wheeling and set up practice as an independent contractor attorney in Wheeling to assist local law firms whose clients had transactional needs beyond their area of practice.
In 2012, he turned his focus to Downtown Wheeling revitalization and preservation efforts. In September 2013, formed Market Street Now, LLC and purchased the historic Professional Building as a multi-year preservation/renovation project. Vacant when acquired, the Professional Building now houses four Downtown businesses in converted office space. In 2014, Mr. Elliott was recognized by Wheeling City Council for his preservation efforts. In 2016, Market Street Now, LLC added two contiguous buildings to its footprint (1306 and 1310 Market Street) with a ten-year rehabilitation plan for full occupancy. To date, roughly one-third of space of these historic buildings is rented with two floors of 1306 Market Street set for renovation in 2020. In addition to managing Market Street Now, Mr. Elliott manages two other small businesses. In January 2015, he opened Elliott Law Offices, PLLC at the Professional Building to continue his legal practice, and in July 2019 he founded Route 40 Realty LLC to focus on commercial and residential property management in the Upper Ohio Valley.
In May, 2016, Mr. Elliott, as a first-time candidate for office, was elected to a four-year term as Mayor of the City of Wheeling. Under his leadership, Wheeling City Council has focused on economic development initiatives aimed at diversifying the local economy and fostering quality-of-life improvements to attract and maintain a quality workforce. In particular, he has championed the need for greater Downtown revitalization efforts along with enhanced walkability to help Wheeling compete against larger cities in the 21 st Century economy. In 2017, he worked with City Council to approve a Façade Improvement Program to provide matching funds to property owners making improvements to their Downtown properties. Since taking office, he has worked closely with officials from the West Virginia Division of Highways on a $25 million project to replace the existing streetscape—streets, sidewalks, signalization, and trees—on Main and Market Streets Downtown. The engineering for this massive project is underway with construction set to begin in late 2020 or early 2021.
Mayor Elliott has also fulfilled a campaign promise to make restoring the City’s thirty-plus neighborhood parks and playgrounds a priority. He has worked with City Council and local philanthropists to secure funding for multiple playground replacements, with a plan to replace or repurpose the remaining installations in the years ahead. As of 2020, more than two dozen park and playground updates have been completed, with a plan to finish the remaining installations in 2021. A current update of these important quality-of-life improvements to the City of Wheeling can be found here:
Mayor Elliott has also sought to bring new faces to the table where municipal decisions have been made. Along with City Council, he has commissioned six ad hoc committees comprised of individuals and business leaders throughout the community on the following topics:
During Mayor Elliott’s time in office, Wheeling has also been recognized as one of the fastest growing economies in West Virginia, and in 2017 was named as the 61 st best small city in America to start a business. In November 2018, the Wheeling metropolitan area was recognized by Bloomberg News as #5 in the nation for per capita personal income growth over the prior three years (at a remarkable rate of 8.9%). In addition, since 2016, the City of Wheeling has been featured in national news stories by Reuters, National Public Radio, the New York Times, Pro Publica, and others. In July 2017, Mayor Elliott was appointed to the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Affordable Housing Trust Fund by Governor Jim Justice and in November 2018, he was named WV Living's "Best Mayor" as part of its annual "Best of West Virginia" list.
Mr. Elliott serves of the boards of the following entities: