Project BEST’s second networking luncheon focuses on area projects

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Project BEST brought together leaders in local government, law enforcement, business, education and economic development today in its second annual Network Luncheon.

Last year, the first event was held in Marshall County. This year, the focus was on Ohio County.

Speakers included Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott, Ohio County Administrator Greg Stewart and Ohio County Board of Education President Zach Abraham.

Ginny Favede, executive director of the Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council, said it’s a great opportunity to hear collectively what’s going on in our area.

“The growth that has taken place and sometimes not promoted or made known to people, when it’s looked at collectively, is phenomenal,” Favede said. “I mean we are having a tremendous renaissance of the Ohio Valley.”

She cited the hope that the PTT Global ethane cracker will be built in Belmont County.

And she said people on both sides of the river are “working to make sure that anything that needs to be done to pave the way for that is effectively dealt with.”

She noted that the cracker plant would be built with union labor, and she said many of the labor leaders at the luncheon “are those who will ensure that their people are on the ground, doing the work.”

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