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Old 11-21-2013, 10:43 AM
 
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Default The Ohio River Valley in WV

I noticed that there are not any sub-forums on here that cater to specific postings towards WV cities along the Ohio River, except Huntington. Parkersburg and Wheeling, as well as everything in between, are important cities in our state whom have a solid growth potential with what will be a plethora of opportunities in the near future.

I decided to start this thread to dedicate discussion towards these areas.
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:56 AM
 
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There has recently been a lot of exciting news in the Ohio River Valley:

Wheeling has been showing promise with its access to local natural resources and may soon be restored to its former prosperity. Even more recently, an Ohio Valley hydroelectric plant was proposed in the Wheeling area.

Local Ethane, Natural Gas Making Way to Gulf Coast - Shale Play

Companies propose Ohio River hydroelectric project * - State News - Charleston Daily Mail - West Virginia News and Sports -

Odebrecht recently announced its intent of building a petrochemcial complex in Washington, WV (just West of Parkersburg along the Ohio River), which will include an ethane cracker plant and 3 polyethylene plants. The company is currently conducting a "double check" of the local geographical and anthropological environments to further confirm their decision.

WV MetroNews – Brazilian company says cracker “makes sense” in Wood County

Carbonyx International USA recently announced that a new carbon alloys plant will be constructed in Millwood, WV (just Southwest of Ravenswood, WV) in Wood County. This will initially bring 60 permanent jobs and eventually up to 200 new jobs to the area.

New plant planned for Jackson County* - News - Charleston Daily Mail - West Virginia News and Sports -

Allevard Sogefi recently announced a $20 million expansion (along with the $50,000 granted to the company by the Huntington Area Development Council) of their Prichard, WV facility (just South of Huntington along the Big Sandy River) that will translate to 250 jobs the surrounding area. This coupled with the current construction the Heartland Intermodal Gateway (WV's first intermodal facility) is bound to create a boom of the local economies.
***Note that Prichard is located along the Big Sandy River and thus not technically in the Ohio River Valley. Despite this, I believe that it is located close enough (13 miles for the Ohio R.) that its effects will be equivalent.***

Sogefi to add 250 jobs locally | The Herald-Dispatch

WV MetroNews – Construction progressing on Prichard intermodal facility
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Clendenin, WV
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The Ohio Valley has a lot of promise. I'd like to see Parkersburg's economy take off from this proposed cracker plant.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:34 PM
 
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The Ohio Valley has a lot of promise. I'd like to see Parkersburg's economy take off from this proposed cracker plant.
I think that the plant will have the greatest impact of all of the above
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Old 11-21-2013, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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Good post Pynball. And thanks for mentioning Ravenswood/Millwood, both areas are very much a part of the Mid-Ohio Valley and are in the polymer alliance zone. The town of Ripley continues to see growth as well.
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Old 11-21-2013, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Washington, WV
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Excellent post and thanks for recapping what's going on in the Ohio Valley. That's really good news for Jackson County, and that project is a certainty. If the cracker complex gets built in Washington, these projects will be just the beginning.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:57 AM
 
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Has anyone seen population projections as a result of the cracker plant, or projected economic impact? I think Parkersburg will complete the trifecta in the state: Charleston is government center; Morgantown is the educational/medical center of the state; Parkersburg will be the industrial hub....potentially.
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:34 PM
 
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In my opinion, the Ohio Valley has enormous potential due to the oil/gas resources in that region.
Industrially, it has by far the most potential in the state. Parkersburg to Pittsburgh is absolutely
destined for prosperity with energy and plastics development. Huntington can get in on the action
too, if they wake up there and get on the band wagon rather than looking eastward for development.
Weirton, Wheeling, and Parkersburg will be industrial powerhouses and if they develop WV 2 and
I 68 (easily the routes with the most potential for the state), Huntington will increase its involvement
in the transportation sector several times over.

Right now, Huntington's biggest problem is buying into the "Metro Valley" concept. That has netted
exactly zero for Huntington. Involvement in the direction of the Ohio Valley, however, has tons of
potential for Cabell. Maybe one of these days somebody there will wake up and see what's on the
horizon.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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The Ohio Valley definitely has great potential. With Huntington already having the highest number of manufacturing jobs in the state, good infrastructure for more growth and no B&O taxes on manufacturing businesses, the foundation for more growth is there.

Thankfully, Huntington is doing more to forge its own path now rather than letting others block the way of our progress.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:19 PM
 
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The Ohio Valley definitely has great potential. With Huntington already having the highest number of manufacturing jobs in the state, good infrastructure for more growth and no B&O taxes on manufacturing businesses, the foundation for more growth is there.

Thankfully, Huntington is doing more to forge its own path now rather than letting others block the way of our progress.
It is absolutely obvious that they need to get on board with other Ohio Valley towns and get WV 2 fully developed along with I 68 completed to WV 2. Doing that would be beneficial for the entire Ohio Valley in a major way.
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