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Construction at jamboree site good for W.Va. economy

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Past, current and planned construction at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve means good things for the W.Va. economy.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a press release this afternoon, highlighting some of the biggest growth points.


Tomblin said, "It's been a remarkable experience seeing The Summit develop from an idea, to a construction site, and now to completion."

Job growth is just one of the areas were W.Va. is seeing a positive economic impact.   From construction to health care, The Summit is providing a lot of job opportunities.  

"This world class location has not only made a major impact on the local economy through new employment opportunities during its construction phase, it will also continue to be a source of economic activity for years to come as its popularity draws visitors from across the globe."

According to the press release, to date the Summit has:

  • Supported, on average of 848 local jobs each year-543 directly, and another 305 indirectly
  • Provided labor income amounts totaling $169.7 million into the local economy
    • $121.4 million directly through employment income, including wages and benefits as well as proprietor income
    • $48.3 million indirectly through the impact of local industries buying goods and services from area companies
  • Generated $45.1 million in additional tax revenues for the four years
    • $15.8 million in state and local collections
    • $29.3 million in federal collections