Summary will be used

to market region and

bring in more business

FAIRMONT — Members of the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) have received an update on an economic profile designed to highlight key aspects of the area.

Kate Greene, the executive director of Main Street Fairmont, provided the update during Tuesday’s URA meeting.

The economic profile is something the URA has partnered with Main Street Fairmont to create. It will be a summary of the economic standing in this area.

“It’s a really basic snapshot of the economic indicators in our region,” Greene said. “Initially it’s a baseline to look at Fairmont within this larger region. We’re part of Region 6 in the state of West Virginia. Now the next phase will be to narrow it down to the tri-county picture.”

The profile will look at who the key employers in the area are, income and education levels.

When the profile is complete, it will be used to market the region and hopefully bring in more business.

“It will show our geographic values in this region. It will highlight the benefits of moving a business here. We want to be able to reach out to the different industries,” Greene said.

After presenting the current profile at Tuesday’s meeting, Greene said they will work toward narrowing the data they have compiled to the tri-county area.

In other business, the URA elected its officers.

Pete Higginbotham, the current chairman, and Richard Wood, the current vice chairman, were re-elected for their positions.

Wood said he enjoys the vice chairman position and looks forward to what the future holds for this committee.

“I’ve been on it since the very beginning, so my hopes are pretty much the same as they have always been — that we’re able to do more in terms of getting the city revitalized and moving forward,” he said. “It’s always challenging because unlike a lot of other communities, we really don’t have the budget to work with.”

Wood said it’s always nice when the board can get together and work toward a common goal.

“It’s always good to meet (with) them, and it’s even better when we’re able to get something done,” he said.

Email Angelee Wiley at awiley@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @AWileyTWV.

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