For years, we’ve talked about growth in the Northern Panhandle, specifically in the chemical or manufacturing fields.
But now, officials confirm they’re seeing growth in other areas including retail and entertainment.
Some of that growth started just two weeks ago, when local and state officials announced four million dollars in federal grants is coming to Brooke and Hancock counties.
$1.2 million of that money will develop 72 acres of land in Weirton into a new entertainment district, which will feature a conference center, retail space and restaurants.
BDC Executive Director of the Northern Panhandle Pat Ford said they’ve already been bombarded with calls from retailers and contractors interested in the new project.
“This segment of our economy is really exciting and quite sexy. What we’re talking about with this new entertainment district, those are the improvement to add value to our community. They’re the amenities, they’re those things people do after work, before work. So, it’s exciting and we’re entering construction season,” Ford said.
Of course, Ford added that new construction means dozens of new jobs are headed to the area as well.
Officials expect construction to begin late summer.
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