Washington County Reports “Tremendous Growth and Job Creation” at its State of the [County] Economy Event

by on February 28, 2017

A spotlight was on Washington County, one of the 10 counties comprising the Pittsburgh region, which was showcased during the Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s “State of the Economy” on Feb., 23.  This is an annual review of investment activity and job creation and retention related to both economic development and tourism.  Attended by more than 250 county-based business leaders, the event featured the Washington County Board of Commissioners presenting the highlights of 2016 and offering perspectives on current and future issues impacting the county’s prosperity during a panel discussion moderated by Chamber President Jeff Kotula.

Impressive, the highlights included:

  • 80 economic development projects (attractions, expansions)
  • $1,179,658,675 in new capital investment
  • 1,062 jobs (created and retained as a result of investments announced in 2016)
  • 136 unconventional wells drilled – a number which positions the county as the leader in well drilling in the state, which saw a total of 502 wells drilled. Drilling resulted in more than $5M in Act 13 money to reinvest in county improvement projects.

“[Our] tremendous growth and job creation were driven by numerous sector of our economy – energy, commercial/retail development, infrastructure and manufacturing,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman Larri Maggi.  “We are proud of these successes, especially in creating new job opportunities for our residents.”

Kotula, in his remarks, said of success, “We have jointly advanced opportunities, overcome challenges and found success by working together. Our future success will be realized by exactly the same thing.”

Read the complete news release from the Chamber.