We’re continuing forward

The Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle is continuing its march forward on several projects, and we hope people are taking notice.

In recent months, the local economic development organization has been working to promote four properties in Brooke and Hancock counties, and those efforts could possibly be paying major dividends in the coming weeks.

According to BDC Executive Director Pat Ford, the BDC has several companies reviewing lease proposals on some of those properties, including the former Taylor, Smith and Taylor site in Chester and the Wheeling Corrugating property in Beech Bottom. A site in the Three Springs Business Park also is being showcased.

If any agreement comes out of these discussions, it will mean one thing for our area: job creation.

We continue to transition our area from a major steel producer to one possibly driven by the natural gas industry. Other prospects also are taking notice, and that can only be good for everyone.

We can’t forget the properties of the old Jimmy Carey Stadium in Weirton and Newell Memorial Stadium. The BDC has been working with the Hancock County Commission to prepare those sites for job creation as well.

We are in a prime location for development opportunities, with our river, highway, rail and air transportation modes in close proximity, and others finally are beginning to realize that.

Any kind of development takes time, and often needs to be kept quiet until deals are finalized, but it is good to see the wheels beginning to move in a positive direction.