Office of Outdoor Economic Development

P.O. Box 2514 Beckley, WV, 25802 | Office Phone: 304-256-1750
If you have any questions about the comprehensive planning update, please contact Mitch Lehman. Contact information below:

Director Contact Information:


Office Phone: 304-712-8524


Director: Mitch Lehman

Office Mission: To ignite and grow the outdoor sector of the economy and community within and around the City of Beckley as the hub of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.

The OED office leads the City’s Beckley Outdoors Initiative and the development of a new branding strategy, Basecamp Beckley.

To learn more about the Beckley Outdoors Initiative please visit


Mitch Lehman is a seasoned outdoor enthusiast and community advocate dedicated to fostering a deeper connection between people and nature. Mitch has a passion for adventure and a commitment to environmental stewardship, and has spent years exploring the wilderness and promoting outdoor recreation in the New River Gorge Region.

Mitch moved to West Virginia in 2019 to pursue rock climbing while completing his education at WVU Tech in Beckley.  There he was the only person in school history to be a finalist in the West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition.  With a background in grant administration, outdoor tourism, and marketing, Mitch brings a unique skill set to the Office of Outdoor Economic Development.