Taking pride in area’s progress

As you look through the pages of the first installment of our annual Progress Edition that is inside today’s paper, you will find a quote from Evan Scurti that shows our area is moving in the right direction.

“2015 was highlighted by impressive capital investment projects throughout Jefferson County, each of which holds great potential to strengthen the county’s tax base and job creation activities in the coming years,” explains Scurti, who’s the executive director of the Jefferson County Port Authority.

His words, as do the words of Pat Ford, executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle, and Ed Looman, project manager for the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, help to show that there are very positive developments taking part across our region.

It’s that growth, and the anticipated expansion that’s predicted for the future, that we are proud to be able to share in “Progress 2016: Pride. Purpose. Prosperity.”

Our annual comprehensive examination of the Tri-State Area will be presented in five installments, and will be delivered on each of the Mondays in February, beginning today, when we look at our region’s economic outlook. On Feb. 8, you’ll find out what’s happening in our communities, while on Feb. 15, we will look at local tourism and lifestyles. Feb. 22 will offer a look at health, education and careers, with the final installment, on Feb. 29, reporting on business, industry and transportation.

Each of the stories in this year’s edition shows that residents of our area remain committed to expanding their businesses and are willing to work hard to make sure the region remains a strong, vibrant place to raise their families.