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Guest column: Trying to create a spark in the Northern Panhandle

March 24, 2013
By SEN. ROCKY FITZSIMMONS , Weirton Daily Times

As the fifth week of the legislative session comes to a close, I am excited to see progress on a bill I have co-sponsored which, if signed into law, will provide an economic spark to the Northern Panhandle. Senate Bill 540 will increase the acreage included in the tax increment financing (TIF) zone in Ohio County known as "The Highlands." The 200 acre expansion will make it possible for the Ohio County Development Authority to finance and construct a new interstate interchange, which will increase overall safety in the area and provide further opportunities for commercial expansion.

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