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Community:

Bridgeport, with a population over 8,000, is located conveniently in North-Central West Virginia at the intersection of US Route 50 east and west and Interstate 79 north and south.

As a small town, Bridgeport provides a vignette of the American Economy. Its history is a story of steady advancement, beautiful homes, great city services, the finest schools, and unequaled recreational facilities; including a state-of-the-art recreation complex that hosts tournaments of all levels (with cameras so games can be watched live via the connect-bridgeport.com website).  Our location, coupled with the recent expansion at Charles Pointe (home to the Bridgeport Conference Center) and White Oaks, makes the city a choice location for new businesses, small industries, supply and retail businesses.

Bridgeport is also home of a stellar Parks and Recreation program which runs a pool, multiple parks, public lakes, walking trails, and much more.

Throughout all of its growth, the residents of Bridgeport have managed to maintain the small community atmosphere. The community is very family-oriented and works together to provide advantages to all.

Education:

Bridgeport offers some of the best schools in West Virginia. There is a high school, a middle school, two elementary schools, and a private Christian school.

Bridgeport High School has had the highest standardized test scores in Harrison County for the last 12 years and posted the highest scores on the WestTest in the state. They have also been named a West Virginia Exemplary School every year the award has been given; the only school in WV to do so.

Bridgeport Middle School has been a WV Exemplary School, a WV School of Excellence, and a National Blue Ribbon School. The WVSSAC Volunteer of the Year was from BMS and Principal Carole Crawford has been named WV Middle School Principal of the Year.

Johnson and Simpson Elementary are Bridgeport’s two grade schools. Both have been named WV Exemplary Schools.

Heritage Christian School provides a Christ-centered curriculum. It holds preschool age children through high school.

Business:

Bridgeport has many business ventures. There is a substantial aerospace presence and a large population of oil and gas companies; many of which have headquarters here. Bridgeport is also a significant retail hub (home to the Meadowbrook Mall), is home to the largest runway in the state at the North Central West Virginia Airport, and has multiple ancillary businesses that support the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services building.

The City of Bridgeport Development Authority consists of twelve members, including the Economic Development Committee (EDC) and six other members appointed by City Council. This committee represents Bridgeport’s business, industry, and labor.

The Arts:

Bridgeport is rich in the arts. The Bridgeport Arts Council has a mission to, as a community arts association, expose residents of the area to a variety of artistic experiences.

BHS has a premier theater program. They also have the state’s top jazz band along with an award winning music program including the show choir, jazz band, marching band, concert band, and strings.

Bridgeport is also home to several theater companies. Vintage Theatre Company, who is dedicated to providing high quality theatrical education and professionally produced entertainment, is involved in many area productions, and has an improv team called the Fearless Fools. Younglove Productions is a local theater company that dedicates itself to children.

In addition, there are many opportunities for live music of all genres in the town at festivals, restaurants, and bars.

Bridgeport is also very active in the literary arts program at the Bridgeport Public Library.

Heritage:

Our city's rich heritage has its earliest beginnings in the 1750's when it was still a part of Virginia. It was the home of Benjamin Wilson, a distinguished frontiersman, and Joseph Johnson, the only Governor of Virginia from west of the Allegheny Mountains. It is also the birthplace of Michael Late Benedum, oil "wildcatter," philanthropist and founder of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. First chartered in 1816, the town was named for the first bridge in Harrison County, built over Simpson Creek in 1803.

Health & Safety:

Bridgeport is home to the new 681,440 square foot, eight-level United Hospital Center. The $300 million UHC opened in 2010 and continues to serve the community.

The Bridgeport Office of Emergency Services has several programs and opportunities for the community to get involved in the promotion of safety, disaster relief, and emergency aid. The Emergency Services Council is a volunteer, non-profit group of residents experienced in emergency and disaster operations.

In 2011, Bridgeport’s Office of Emergency Management launched its own public safety radio station (1620 AM). Important weather, road conditions, detours, emergency announcements, and community events can be heard on the station. The radio station airs 24 hours a day and is also available online.

Other programs that operate under the City of Bridgeport are D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), VIPS/Citizen Police Academy, WV Crime Fighters, Child Safety Seat Program, and SIDNE. There are also many volunteer programs that the public can get involved with including Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Volunteers in Police Services (CERT), Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), and Neighborhood Watch.

The Bridgeport Police Department continues its goal to maintain and safeguard public trust and confidence by their responsiveness to the community and community needs. The department currently has 30 policemen and is involved with the Harrison County Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force.

The Bridgeport City Fire Department is made up of a combination department utilizing a full-time paid staff and a volunteer staff. Combined there are 32 firefighters that serve the city of Bridgeport. They handle fire/rescue, search and rescue operations, hazardous material response, water rescues, and EMS calls. All members of the department strive to make the community a safe environment to work and visit.

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