West Virginia is a leader in the biometrics industry and has the infrastructure, workforce and research facilities to make it even stronger, according to Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va.
The senators spoke at a Washington, D.C.,-based biometrics conference geared toward bringing new business to West Virginia. The event was specifically designed for out-of-state security and biometrics industry executives to explore potential business partnerships in West Virginia. Several biometrics, identity management and security-related companies have a presence in the state, including Lockheed Martin, Azimuth Inc., Northrop Grumman and ManTech Security Technologies.
"More and more, biometric companies from around the nation — and from all around the globe — are coming to West Virginia to do business," Rockefeller said. "West Virginia is a place where innovation and ingenuity, combined with a workforce that's second-to-none, are fueling economic growth."
West Virginia's proximity to Washington and federal agencies, coupled with biometrics and forensics programs offered at West Virginia University and Marshall University, make the state attractive to biometrics firms, Manchin said.
"We're one of the best-kept secrets in the industry, but our little state is well-prepared and positioned as a national hub and a leader in the biometrics sector," Manchin said. "The word is definitely getting out—West Virginia is open for business and it's a great place to do business. I am certain that the biometrics industry will continue to look to our state as a partner in future ventures."