Proud, strong and changing

STEUBENVILLE – Take a good look around – you’ll see that our area is moving forward in some very important ways.

There’s plenty going on across our region, and staff members at the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times are eager to share the details of those accomplishments in our 2014 Progress Edition.

We’re continuing our tradition of designating February as Pride and Progress Month. It’s a chance for area businesses and organizations to look back at their accomplishments and, more important, outline their plans for the future.

The theme of this year’s edition is “Progress 2014: Proud. Strong. Changing,” and we’re sure readers will find each of the stories that make up the annual publication interesting.

This year’s Progress Edition will be delivered in five sections, and the first, an overview of the region’s economic outlook and growing energy industry, is included with today’s newspaper. Featured in that section are the efforts of the Jefferson County Port Authority and the Business and Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle, the driving forces for economic growth in our region.

Readers will have the opportunity to learn more about Evan Scurti, the recently hired executive director of the port authority, and Pat Ford, the executive director of the BDC, and their plans for our area. Readers also will find profiles of local businesses.

Other sections in our Progress Edition will be delivered on Wednesday and on Feb. 12, 19 and 26. Wednesday’s section will offer an overall look at community, retail and financial services; Feb. 12 will concentrate on hospitality and tourism; Feb. 19 will focus on health, education and careers; and Feb. 26 will center on business, industry and transportation.

When you put all five sections together at the end of the month, you’ll have a comprehensive report on where our area is and where it is going.

In addition to interesting reading, our Progress Edition remains an important marketing tool for businesses and organizations throughout our region. Business owners and professionals who would like to learn more about the marketing opportunities that remain in later sections can contact our advertising department at (740) 283-4711.

Residents of the Tri-State Area always have taken pride in their communities. Our Progress Edition continues to capture that spirit.