Economic Development

By: Susan Bahorich
By: Susan Bahorich

The fluctuating economy has affected communities throughout the Valley. Folks across the mountain in West Virginia have been hit especially hard.

Officials there are trying to jump start the economy.
In two years things have changed at the Pendleton County Industrial Park nearly two-years ago.

The Shull Building is being constructed at this moment. But, on this day bulldozers and trucks sit idle. Things haven't gone as smoothly for this site as planned, but it's not a "sign" officials aren't trying.

This is the former Hanover Shoe building. The company used to be a major employer in the area by providing nearly 700-jobs, now crews are working to breathe life into the 100-thousand square foot building to make way for the Pendleton Business Center.

What we're trying to do is provide jobs and maintain the building. We do have lease agreements now with the Dept. of Health/Human Resources and the Dept. of Motor Vehicles.

Those two-services will add about a dozen jobs. But the company Softrac, will be adding the greatest number, by eventually employing 60-

We're providing jobs at a very slow pace, it's nothing like we had before, we restructuring and trying to get Pendleton County back into the swing of things.

The hope is by putting out the county's good name and making people aware they're open for business opportunity will come knocking.
We have to look at what is our resources- we have wood, we have technology, so we have been looking at different avenues, we have a natural gas line here that's never been tapped.

Kimble says it's just going to time and patience. It’s estimated the project will bring in half a million dollars to area.

Renovations to the Hanover Shoe site are expected to be completed in September.

While, the industrial park is shooting for October.

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