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Boy Scouts and Tourism Featured in Gov.'s Business Report

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The West Virginia Edge Business Report was released by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D-W.Va.) on Thursday, Nov. 15.  The report documents the state's economic progress and highlights projects from businesses that will assist with the creation of new jobs and the preservation of existing jobs.

In Fayette County the construction of the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve had a $50 Million economic impact on the state .  According to the report,  $16 million in materials have been purchased in West Virginia.  Of that amount $9 million were bought from businesses in Fayette, Raleigh and Nicholas counties. During the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, 40,000 Scouts and Scouters will travel to West Virginia to attend or staff the week-long event. The Jamboree is scheduled for July 15-24, 2013.

Meanwhile, the study shows Tourism added more than $4 billion to state's economy.  Dean Runyan Associates reported that travel spending in West Virginia was more than $4.27 billion in the 2010 calendar year.  Local and state government revenues generated by travel spending were $582 million in 2010

According to Smith Travel Research, West Virginia outpaced the national average in hotel/motel occupancy in 2011. Average occupancy in the U.S. during this period was 60.1 percent while West Virginia occupancy was 64.3 percent.

The West Virginia Tourism 10 Year Strategic Plan was formally released this October. The report, which provides ideas on how to expand tourism in West Virginia, can be found online at: www.wvtourism.com/reports.