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Private industry, state development funding combine for regiona

We've said it before; we'll say it again and again ... attracting modern, technology-based development in Harrison County is pivotal to our regional success in the 21st century.

Getting the right kind of business development, providing stable, high-paying jobs in our county, is the No. 1 priority we should address for our children's futures.

Having the right industry come back for more is proof that the hoped-for future we all want is possible.

Recently the Pratt & Whitney Engine Services facility near Benedum Airport announced a major hangar expansion. When the maintenance facility is complete, the local employment rolls will receive a boost, as well as the spin-off the rest of the local economy receives.

The Canadian firm's customers have indicated that they anticipate the new hangar's completion and plan to put it to good use.

Our governmental agencies have done their share of the work ... providing both grant money and a low-interest loan. That is exactly what it takes for our region to compete with other states who crave the same economic development we want to see here in West Virginia.

The Pratt & Whitney expansion proves that the Mountain State, and its hard-working labor force, can compete, and win in this economic rivalry.

Not only can these new industries prosper here -- we have what it takes to keep 'em coming back for more.

Harry M. Fox

Telegram Editorial Board member

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