Weirton Mayor George Kondik held his State of the City address Wednesday in front of a packed room at the Millsop Community Center, and his message was clear; things are looking up, not only for Weirton, but for much of the Tri-State Area.
He spoke of the efforts by the city government to cut costs and find ways to encourage growth.
Kondik noted the opening or expansion of half a dozen businesses in the Three Springs Drive area, the $4 million in construction permits approved in recent months and the efforts to realign traffic patterns.
He spoke of city departments finding ways to do more in-house in an effort to provide more services at less cost to the taxpayer.
Most importantly, he spoke of the hope he has for the future of Weirton and the region as we continue to attract new business interests.
It wasn't just Weirton's mayor saying this; however, and that is even more important. According to Mary Jo Thompson, a representative of the state's Development Office, officials in Charleston also are hopeful for the future of Weirton and the Northern Panhandle.
We are sure there are many out there who will see this only as the words of politicians and beaurocrats.
We, however, feel that all should at least take some time to look a little more closely at some of what is going on as our area heads into the future.
Many are often surprised to learn of no vacancies at Weirton's three major hotels. As natural gas companies continue to find themselves drawn to our region, we believe, more businesses will follow.
Whether they are involved in drilling or support industries, they will come here, which we are sure will eventually catch the attention of other, non-related business. As these businesses take more notice, that will mean one thing; jobs.
It may take some time for these results to be seen, but we feel they will happen. To us, that should provide plenty hope for all of us, and sometimes that's all you need to keep moving forward.