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Old 11-23-2015, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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Nice breakdown of all of the stats. Like you said in your breakdown, I think the overall numbers support the notion that the Huntington area is growing, even without the addition of Putnam County.

If Huntington would do a minor boundary adjustment to bring the Route 60 Walmart into city limits it would have a similar effect on the economic census for Huntington. The other positive being that we would now have more sales tax and user fee money coming in as well. That's something that they really need to try.
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Old 08-01-2017, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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Default Huntington MSA News

Here's a nice little blog with some info about why/why not to combine the Huntington and Charleston MSAs. Seems pretty well thought out.

Advantage Valley Blog
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Old 08-01-2017, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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Thanks for sharing that TB. Finally an educated study performed to explain why the MSA's haven't been merged yet. I do like the idea of proceeding to market the area as one MSA anyways. Besides, many businesses use the CSA (combined statistical area) data for regions anymore. And Charleston-Huntington definitely matches that criteria
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Old 08-02-2017, 05:51 AM
 
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Given the shrinking population trend and the state of the economy, I think it only makes sense to at least market the two MSAs together or just go with marketing the combined CSA.

Obviously there also needs to be some work done on tax reform and education to help attract more businesses and industries to the area but I think that will take a major house cleaning at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle.
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Old 08-02-2017, 07:59 AM
 
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Given the shrinking population trend and the state of the economy, I think it only makes sense to at least market the two MSAs together or just go with marketing the combined CSA.

Obviously there also needs to be some work done on tax reform and education to help attract more businesses and industries to the area but I think that will take a major house cleaning at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle.
Things going on at the Capitol on both sides of the aisle have been harmful for the whole state. They have the biggest collection of nincompoops in the state hanging out at the same place at the same time, and accomplishing next to nothing. The only way to reform it would be to drain the cesspool.
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Old 08-03-2017, 06:18 AM
 
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Combined across both sides of the aisle, there is maybe a dozen to fifteen elected officials that know how to do their job and don't just fall in line with the party agendas and talking points. Keep those folks and send the rest packing.

One question I have about combining the two cities, in regards to recruiting new businesses, do we have enough suitable land to attract manufacturing? Also, would we need to push to have the rest of I-64 expanded to 6 lanes between Teays Valley and Barboursville?
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