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Showcasing the valley’s resiliency

There can be no doubt that our region has suffered some rough times.

But, if you take a good look around, you will see that there is much to be positive about, and those are the stories that we report on in our annual Progress Edition.

“Progress 2021: A Resilient Reset” — that’s the theme of this year’s edition, and each story will look at the plans area businesses are making for the future as the economy recovers from the issues that have been presented by the coronavirus pandemic. As you read the stories, you will discover that area businesses and development officials are proud of their accomplishments and are looking ahead.

This year’s edition will be distributed in five installments. You’ll find that first section, a look at economic activity and the energy industry, included with today’s newspaper. Community, retail and financial services will be the focus of the Feb. 7 issue, while we’ll look at tourism and lifestyles on Feb. 14. Health and education will be in the spotlight on Feb. 21, with business, industry and transportation closing out the month on Feb. 28.

As you read through each section, you’ll find profiles about businesses that have been serving our area for 100 years or more, and stories about businesses that have only recently opened. There will be an opportunity to learn where officials with the Jefferson County Port Authority and the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle are looking for growth. The pages will include an update on the Jefferson County Airpark and the new bridge that will connect Brilliant and Wellsburg.

Our Progress Edition again offers proof that our region is filled with people who remain committed to making their businesses successful and continuing to make the Tri-State Area a good place to live and work.

They all have positive stories to tell, and we’re happy to be able to share them.

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