Harrison County Development Corporation provides update on the Association of Mayors
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – The Harrison County Association of Mayors held their monthly meeting on Wednesday at Clarksburg Town Hall, where they received an update from the County Economic Development Corporation.
Company officials said despite the pandemic, good things have happened with new industries seeking development in Harrison County. Members of the Harrison County Economic Development Corporation said their biggest update is that large businesses are looking for rural locations to expand and that the county has a lot of potential for these industries and businesses.
“We have a lot of amenities that these metropolitan areas have, cheaper to develop, cheaper to settle here. It is a great place to raise a family. We have a lot of good points. So it is all of us who embark and market these positives that we have, the industries that we have, the housing that we have, the education, the health care that we have and its growth, ”said Amy Haberbosch Wilson, executive director of the Harrison County Economic Development Corporation.
Additionally, Wilson said that Harrison County’s biggest industry right now is aviation and technology. She also added that several Fortune 500 companies are located in the county with hopes of future expansion.
“We share our airport with Marion County. So with North Central and it’s not just Harrison but the counties of Marion, Lewis, Doddridge and Monongalia. Center-North [West Virginia] growing rapidly and we have a lot of positives here, ”Wilson said.
Members of the company also explained that the pandemic has affected businesses and industries differently when it comes to the ability to receive its goods and manufacture its products for distribution. The company explained that these companies and manufacturers had to make sacrifices and be creative in what they were able to do.
“We’re rural, and we’ve been rural for a long time,” Wilson said. “So in the past it’s been difficult for them to get some of the supplies that they need, when our electricity goes out or our water is flooded, something like that that they put together. And that’s exactly what they’re doing right now.
Wilson goes on to explain that one of the most recent victories for the development company was the Harrison Regional Industrial Park. She also said a partnership between the company, the park and the county commission had been formed.
“The company wrote a grant of $ 2.6 million and it’s a federal grant from the EDA to fund a shell building, a 50,000 square foot shell building that will be used by a business. manufacturing facility located in this park. We also have the existing Harvest Care located in the park, ”Wilson said. “So the park will have 400 jobs for this area alone.”
Wilson also said the company has plans for two more parks in the county to emulate the existing industrial park with more grants and development in the near future.