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Developing Projects In Jeff. Co. to Bring Economic Growth

In an effort to bring economic growth to Jefferson County, the development authority is undertaking a series of projects, which officials hope will mean more jobs and revenue for the county, while reducing the budget deficit.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, W. Va.--In an effort to bring economic growth to Jefferson County, the development authority is undertaking a series of projects, which officials hope will mean more jobs and revenue for the county, while reducing the budget deficit.

Construction crews are laying the foundation for this site, which will be the next US Coast Guard Operation Center coming this Summer to Kearneysville. The project is spearheaded by the Jefferson County Development Authority.
Officials are hoping once it's built, coast guard members will call Jefferson County home.

"Not only do they come  move here, buy homes, cars, grocery shop and conduct their commerce here, but they become little league baseball coaches or they serve on volunteer boards with the United Way," says John Reisenweber of Jefferson County Development Authority.

Reisenweber says the authority is also teaming up with All-State Career college out of Baltimore and RAI Properties to open a trucking class at the Burr Plaza. He says this will be the first trucking school in the Eastern Panhandle, preparing students for jobs in an industry where there is a shortage of 30,000 truck drivers.

"Everyday there are advertisements for truck drivers this training program will allow folks to take advantage of those job opportunities in the market, our proximity to Interstate 81 Route 9, and Route 340, there is a fair amount of trucking activity here," says Reisenweber.

With help from the West Virginia small business office, various county organizations, the authority will hire a contract career/entrepreneur coach to assist local small businesses.  He says the hired consultant will work with businesses to maximize their profits and attract more customers.

"This is an opportunity for small business owners to have some technical expertise, to help them with everything from getting their books straight to putting business plans together, expansion plans together to putting finance plans together," says Reisenweber.

In addition, the development authority is currently working with several other prospective businesses considering the county for expansion or re-location. 

For trucking class information, contact All-State Career at
443-467-6392.
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