The Weirton Area Port Authority (WAPA), a political subdivision of the State of W.Va., was created in 1997 and granted full powers & duties by the W.Va. Public Port Authority. It's charter - to establish an Inland Port in the W.Va. Northern Panhandle, initially comprised of Brooke & Hancock counties has a five-member board. The Weirton Area Port Authority is positioning itself as a Logistics Village and Virtual Port supporting enterprises and shippers that utilize inland transportation systems (water, road, rail, air). The Port will utilize Next Generation communications systems for security, safety and commerce offering supply chain savings to companies, shippers, suppliers, etc. within the Port District.
In January 2011, the Board approved the creation of Weirton Area Port Authority, Inc., a quasi-public, membership-based corporation, established to manage & administer programs and opportunities in support of Port security, safety, commerce, resiliency & telecommunications. WAPA Inc currently has a volunteer staff laying the foundation for port safety & security, virtual port business operations, and communications infrastructure necessary to support DHS and transportation network requirements.