Economic development requires teamwork: HU Foundation breakfast
Economic development requires
Source: Lucas Bechtol, Huntington Herald-Press, 3/13/14
If Huntington County and
City officials could describe the current state of economic development in one
word, it would be teamwork.
Teamwork was a common theme
during the Huntington University Foundation Breakfast Series, where officials
from the city and the county spoke about the industry and economic development
“Economic development is a
team sport and it’s probably best described as a marathon that involves a
relay,” Mark Wickersham, executive director of the Huntington County Economic
Development Corporation, said.
He said Huntington is
doing so well in the area of economic development because so many different
people are involved, in some way, with economic development.
“And, frankly, it’s not
always the same in every community, for some reason,” Wickersham said. “We are
very fortunate to have this kind of cooperative group working for the
betterment of our community.”
Huntington County Commissioner
Leon Hurlburt said he has been in local government for 20 years and is seeing
“some really exciting things happen” because of teamwork, partnership,
collaboration and action.
These four things have
helped bring about many different projects, including central dispatch.
“There is no way that that
can happen unless you have the cooperation of everyone,” he said. “There are
communities around us that have been trying for years; they haven’t been able
to do it.”
added, also helped with Lower Huntington Road.
“It’s a four-mile stretch
that really needs to be updated,” he said. “Again, through the collaborative
efforts between Huntington County and Huntington County … we come together, we
put $50,000 in they put $50,000 in to put together some studies to move that
Cooperation has been used
or is being used to help bring a learning center to Huntington and to help move
the Roanoke Public Library, Hurlburt added.
Huntington City Mayor
Brooks Fetters was also at the meeting, though preferring to have Roger
McClellan, president of Perfection Wheel in Huntington, speak, saying most of
what he would say has already been said.
McClellan said Perfection
Wheel has been in business since December of 2010 and had a lot of support from
people in the area, including Wickersham and various other members of the
“The engineers of the city
were very helpful in explaining the process of a startup operation and what it
takes to start that,” he said.
In the end, he needed the
support of people such as Wickersham, Fetters, Hurlburt and everyone else who
blessed to be in a community where we have the leadership that we have,”
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