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PARKERSBURG — The director of the Wood County Economic Development Office recently commemorated one year on the job, highlighting the changes made during that time.
Lindsey Kerr Piersol started with the Area Roundtable on March 7, 2016. She says it’s been a year full of positive changes.
“In the past year, the Wood County Economic Development Office has established a county-wide property database to show employers what buildings and sites we have to offer, instated a Customer Relationship Management system to keep track of what employers we have in Wood County, completed a rebranding campaign, launched a new website visited with 176 businesses, worked with a company on a personal property tax abatement that added 50 new manufacturing jobs, had a hand in the retention of 3,563 jobs and much more,” Piersol said.
Aside from the creation and retention of jobs, she is most excited about the new website they recently unveiled. The site is a virtual repository for economic development information for Wood County, and it was designed to inform and assist a variety of visitors: from the local business person, to site selectors, to entrepreneurs-to-be.
“This website and branding highlight the new, fresh and aggressive efforts of the Economic Development office to attract new business and jobs into our area and support our existing businesses,” said Ed McDonough, chairman of the Wood County Economic Development office. ”The transformation of the development office over the last year has been extraordinary.”
“We have gone from a reactive and passive organization to an organization that is proactive and the face of all things pro-growth and pro-jobs. We are fast becoming the catalyst for economic expansion in the valley,” McDonough said.
Piersol is also pleased with the activity the property database has garnered since its inception last April.
“In addition to showcasing available properties and land for lease or for sale in a searchable format, the property database has a number of useful tools for employers and community members,” Piersol said. ”There is a “layers” section where someone can map out where broadband, fiber, etc. are located in the county.
”The technology also allows you to see where energy users, secondary education institutions and transportation entities are located.”
If someone finds a property they are interested in they can get details on the property as well as labor force information, demographics, consumer spending and wage reports as well as talent pool and housing information.
”You can share, save, print or export the information for later use. I think it’s an invaluable tool for the local business community,” Piersol said.
Anyone who has commercial or industrial property for sale or for lease within Wood County is able to list it in the county property database free of charge by emailing Piersol the details.
“My first year on the job seemed to have flown by,” she said. ”I’m extremely thankful to serve in this position and to be able to assist businesses in Wood County.
”I appreciate the support from my board, the local elected officials and community members and look forward to continue working diligently to develop Wood County,” said Piersol.
For more information on doing business in Wood County, contact Piersol at 304-422-5650 or email Lindsey@DevelopWoodCountyWV.com