For a state that ranks in the bottom of most lists, West Virginia led the nation with the strongest economic growth in 2017.
“We’re small, but we’re a fighter. We’ve been fighting and successful enough that, now, we’re a force to be reckoned with. Basically, people are going to be coming here because of that hard work, fighting and the blue-collar mentality we have,” said Patrick Ford, Executive Director, BDC of the Northern Panhandle.
Ford said all of that hard work and fighting has finally paid off.
Currently, the unemployment rate is half of what it was 10 years.
Plus, the hiring rate is higher than it’s been in the past 20 to 30 years.
But even with this success, it’s important to move forward.
“We want to make sure that we don’t lose sight of the goal. We need to make sure we have employment opportunities. We need to be constantly training our workforce. We we also want to make sure we have sites to attract businesses. This is the place you want to be if you want to have a businesses domestically or internationally,” Ford said.