BEAVER, WV (WOAY) – “All that is being brought to light now is a lifetime thought and vision of where we need to be and where we are going.”
It’s a vision that took years to shape. Raleigh County Memorial Airport has received the final grant for a project that will eventually give it more than 100 acres of property ready for industrial development. The airport has been working for years to prepare for such an opportunity.
“With the future of being able to expand the runway, expand the available land on the west side, which this project is currently intended for,” said Raleigh County Memorial Airport Manager Tom Cochran. “With this development and what remains on the east side, there are years of future here to come, right now.”
The total value of this site development project is $8.3 million. A substantial benefit to Raleigh County will be the ability to recruit a wider variety of businesses to expand into the region, with the airport being a notable site for development.
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“We recognize that this airport can serve a variety of cargo needs, as well as distribution facilities,” said Jina Belcher, deputy director of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority. “We believed that proactively developing this property would allow us to recruit aerospace companies to locate in the area.”
The impact of the arrival of outside companies on this industrial site will be felt in Raleigh County. The economic revitalization of the department and its surroundings remains a primary objective for those who are finalizing this major project.
“We recognize that this property will recruit at least 13 new businesses and create over 600 new jobs,” Belcher said. “Specifically in the aerospace industry.”