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Guide touts county’s advantages

July 29, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - The Community Improvement Corp. and its Partners in Progress have teamed up for a new, 48-page marketing guide to show prospective employers why Jefferson County is a great place to live and work.

The full-color brochure, "Jefferson County, Gateway to Ohio's Shale Region," is packed with stories about Jefferson County, including input from longtime employers like M&M True Value Hardware and Voto Manufacturer's Sales Co., as well as newcomers like Heavy Duty Industrials, Power Torque, Premier Pump and Hess. There's information about the extensive database of available buildings and properties compiled by Progress Alliance, JobsOhio, the county airpark, local colleges and health care programs, features on some of the local attractions, like Historic Fort Steuben, Steubenville City of Murals and the Quaker Meeting House and a fun map showing things to do and see while here.

And it talks about the pivotal role the oil and gas industry is playing in the local economy, as well as other assets that make Jefferson County a must-see - a world-class rail system, river ports, a well-developed interestate highway system and easy access to international airports in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Columbus.

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NEW BROCHURE ISSUED — Progress Alliance Executive Director Ed Looman and Small Business Coordinator Donna Hrezo look over copies of a new, 48-page brochure touting the advantages of living and working in Jefferson County. Copies of the guide, which includes things to do and see while here, may be obtained through Progress Alliance, and will be made available at various points of interest throughout the county. -- Linda Harris

"Positive things are happening here," Progress Alliance Executive Director Ed Looman said. "We're seeing an influx of new jobs, new wealth, new business and new residents, so the timing of this new marketing guide touting Jefferson County is ideal. I think we have a marketing piece now that speaks to so many positive things in Jefferson County - the educational opportunities we have here, our work force training, success stories from local businesses and health care, testimonials from some of our new companies. It's all about why Jefferson County is a great place to do business."

Looman said the marketing guide, produced in conjunction with the Herald-Star, "really sets us apart from other economic development organizations" serving small communities.

"It's a first-class marketing piece, and it gives us an advantage when it comes to telling prospects what we have here, the businesses we have here and the help we can give them," he said. "I want to publicly thank the Herald-Star for partnering with us in this effort, and major thanks go to the local businesses that helped sponsor it."

Looman said Progress Alliance and the Community Improvement Corp. have "maintained for a long time that Jefferson County is a great place to live, work and play."

"We really are the 'Gateway to Ohio's Shale Region,'" he said. "Some of the businesses that have landed here are working in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and they realize Jefferson County is a great place, and ideal location."

Copies of the brochure may be obtained through Progress Alliance and will be used to promote Jefferson County to out-of-town prospects. They'll also be distributed at business events and regional trade shows.

Progress Alliance Partners In Progress 2012 include:

Officers: Robert Chapman, president; Rob Gribben, vice president; Kyle Brown, secretary, Edward L. Florak, treasurer; Ken Perkins, immediate past-president.

Governmental partners: Jefferson County Board of Commissioners; City of Steubenville; City of Toronto; Village of Wintersville.

Partners, as of July 29: AEP Ohio; AT&T of Ohio; Albert Automotive Group; Apollo Professional Cleaning Services; Ambulance Service Inc.; Axess Medical; Environmental Logistics Services; Barium & Chemicals Inc.; Cattrell Cos. Inc.; Center of Music & Art; D&L Ferguson LLC; Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote; DLC Management (Fort Steuben Mall); DPS PENN; D'Anniballe & Co.; DeNoon Lumber; Eastern Gateway Community College; EM-Media; First National Bank; Franciscan University of Steubenville; Grae-Con Construction; Hess Corp.; Huberta Mining Co.; Huntington Bank; IBEW-Steubenville Electric LMCC; KMC/Iron City Distributing/Choice Brands; Key Market Radio; Kwik King Foods/Riley Petroleum; Minor Insurance Agency; Ohio and Vicinity Regional Council of Carpenters; PNC Bank; the Peoples National Bank; Priority Communications; Project B.E.S.T.; Schiappa Coal; Steel Valley Regional Transit Authority; the Herald-Star; the Laurels of Steubenville; Trinity Health System; Trinity Health Services; Tri-State Financial Services; Upper Ohio Valley Building & Construction Trades Council; Valley Hospice; Voto Service; Village Sleep Center; WTOV-TV; WesBanco; World Radio Telecommunications; and YMCA Wellness Center.

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