Summit Bechtel Reserve brings economic boom to state

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GLEN JEAN, WV (WVNS) — The Summit Bechtel Reserve covers miles of Fayette County. It is a big site with an equally big economic footprint. Director of Program and Operations, Kenn Miller, said he and other employees with the reserve are excited to see what they do with the community.

“Certainly the residual through restaurants, gas, hotels, I know a number of the hotels sold out for the entire term of the jamboree and that’s good for everybody,” Miller said.

A WVU study puts the overall economic contribution during a non-jamboree year at $28 million. During a National Scout Jamboree year, that number jumps to $76 million. The World Jamboree is just weeks away, and there is no way of telling yet how much money will stream into the area. Business owner, Bobby Bower, said the reserve has really brought people to the area. He said he is excited to see what this year’s jamboree event brings.

“We have all the businesses that are ready. Lodging is already full. We’re really excited for people from around the world to come visit,” Bower said.

Reserve staff say more than just money sticks around the region. Miller said the structures and resources built preparing for the World Jamboree are long-term assets for the area long after the Jamboree is over.

“So we can run year-round programming where we hadn’t been able to do that. So with the revenue that we’re able to generate with the local community, that’s only going to be able to continue to grow exponentially over the next few years I am sure,” Miller said.

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