Weirton to host economic summit

Local, state and national officials to discuss business growth and development

WEIRTON — The city of Weirton soon will play host to a variety of local, state and national officials discussing various methods of encouraging business growth and development.

The Weirton Area Regional Economic Diversification Summit will be held Oct. 29-30, according to City Manager Joe DiBartolomeo.

The summit was discussed during an informational work session with Weirton Council on Wednesday.

“It’s a big deal,” DiBartolomeo noted.

Organized with cooperation of the City of Weirton, the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle and the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the summit will begin with a welcome reception and guided tour of three specific areas of the city — the Three Springs Business Park, North Main Street and Downtown Weirton, and the properties owned by the Frontier Group of Companies.

A series of panel discussions has been planned for the second day of the summit.

“There will be three major panels,” DiBarolomeo said.

DiBartolomeo said he anticipates a great deal of focus on the Frontier property, previously owned by ArcelorMittal Steel, much of which is in the demolition process with a goal of marketing and selling for future business development.

“That’s the key,” DiBartolomeo said. “There’s 1,100 acres up there.”

Additional information about the summit will be released as it is available, according to city officials.

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