Officials assess economic development in Wood County in past year
The community came out Wednesday afternoon to assess economic development in Wood County in the past year.
Wood County Economic Development talked about its challenges and successes at its annual meeting. It took place at the Parkersburg Country Club.
Officials are excited about Hino Motors’ multi-million dollar investment in the county. This comes a year after Hino announced it was buying the former Coldwater Creek distribution center in Wood County.
There was also mention of new businesses coming to the area like Starbucks, H&M, and Ulta Beauty.
Executive Director Lindsey Piersol says some of the difficulties they face are the lack of shovel-ready sites and a low labor participation rate in the local workforce.
“At the same time we emphasize the importance of hitting the singles and doubles, you get tired of hearing me say that, but I think that is the key to economic development in our arena,” said Chairman Ed McDonough.
“We’re for you in that we are listening, we are tailoring our programs to what people in the business and industrial communities tell us that they need and we will continue to do that in the future,” said Dr. Chris Gilmer, the president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg. He was the keynote speaker at the meeting.
It was a combined meeting of the Wood County Development Authority and the Parkersburg-Wood County Area Development Corporation.