Airport manager talks business in the Mid-Ohio Valley

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) The new manager of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport sees great potential in area business growth.

Glen Kelly told the Wood County Commission Thursday the key lies, in part, in "tax incremental financing", or TIF districts.

He says those have been beneficial to Morgantown, where Kelly previously worked, in bringing major business to the Eastern Panhandle.

"I think there's a real ability to really help with economic growth," Kelly said. "And when we add in the foreign trade component, we have companies that can really benefit from that."

The commission in 2016 approved a TIF for the Emerson Commons complex, which is attracting a big box retailer and has several other businesses.

The airport earlier this year had reliability problems with its commercial passenger carrier, VIA Air.

Kelly, however, says the just-ended month of November was good for passengers flying out of Wood County, with a 96% departure rate.

Kelly became airport manager in October, succeeding the retiring Jeff McDougle. He briefly was Washington County's Emergency Management Director earlier in 2017.