Virgin Hyperloop facility to locate in West Virginia

State officials praised company executives with Virgin Hyperloop for selecting West Virginia out of 17 other states for their certification center to develop standards and regulations for the next generation of high-speed transportation.

Gov. Jim Justice and state congressional representatives, economic development leaders, and higher education officials rolled out the red carpet Thursday morning for executives of Los Angeles-based Virgin Hyperloop during a virtual announcement.

Virgin Hyperloop, founded in 2014, will construct the Hyperloop Certification Center on 800 acres of land between Tucker and Grant counties. Western Pocahontas Properties is donating the land to the West Virginia University Foundation in partnership with Virgin.

Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Group, joined John Chambers, executive chairman of Cisco Systems and namesake of the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at WVU, on Thursday’s virtual announcement. The two billionaires have known each other for 20 years.

Both U.S. senators Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., were also involved with pitching West Virginia to Virgin, as was 1st District Congressman David McKinley, R-W.Va., 2nd District Congressman Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., and 3rd District Congresswoman Carol Miller, R-W.Va.

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