MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - The director of the Ohio Governor's Office of Appalachia tours Washington County Friday.
WTAP caught up with John Carey when he stopped at Washington State Community College Friday morning. He toured the school's health sciences and engineering laboratories, and talked to college officials about upcoming projects of the Appalachian Regional Commission.
He says he's impressed with the advances the school has made in the medical and engineering fields, which he hopes could help people get jobs.
"It's important to the governor and the lieutenant governor and really to the whole state that we have a strong workforce and having these resources here in your own community so you can stay here that's part of the Governor's Office of Appalachia we want people to be able to stay in their own communities if that's what they choose to do is really important so having the tools to do that I think is really empowering and I hope people take advantage of it," said John Carey.
Carey is responsible for 32 counties in the state and works on economic and community development initiatives designed to improve the well-being of residents.