Stimulus Plan's Local Impact

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Everyone's talking about the recently passed stimulus package, but could it actually have an impact on the Mid-Ohio Valley?

Local officials said the $800 billion plan will benefit this part of the country.

Officials say much of the money will be given to the states, which will then trickle down to counties and cities, but after much review, they say they do believe the Mid-Ohio Valley will see some benefits.

"Cities along the Ohio River have much better riverfronts, and this will be one of the best when it's done," Ann Conageski, Parkersburg Development Director, said.

Conageski would love to see some of the funds from the $800 billion dollar stimulus package being spent on the city's riverfront project. Now, even though that is a possibility, she said there are many other projects that are also hoping to see some money.

Conageski said there may be money available to fund special education, and this is something Wood County Superintendent Bill Niday is glad to hear.

"Special education and providing the educational opportunities for those kids is critical for us becoming a better school district," Niday said.

School systems aren't the only ones looking to benefit from the stimulus plan. Conageski said the Mid-Ohio Valley could also see a funding increase for job training, nutrition programs and transportation, but fortunately, none of them will suffer if the extra cash doesn't come through.

"The programs will go on. This is just extra," Conageski said.

The stimulus package currently has two different bills being reviewed; one in the house and one in the senate.


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  • by DJ Location: MOV on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    Yes. Let's bring the socialist pork to the valley. Everyone has a hand out for govt money these days - why not the valley officials too? Let's sell out the next few generations of taxpayers for a bill that won't give the economy the proper boost anyways.
  • by Fred Location: North End on Feb 12, 2009 at 02:08 AM
    Barack Obama's plan is no different than a person being in a dire financial situation and getting another credit card to solve the problem. The 'stimulus' will trickle right to the drooling hordes of politicians and those who donated to their campaigns, you may hear a nickel hit your tin cup if you're lucky. Americans have accepted the 'money grab' as a normal way of politics (and life), ignoring the future implications of their immediate decisions and believing that 'government' (the rest of us) is going to take care of them. Juvenal said it best nearly two thousand years ago: "… Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses."
  • by Ken Location: Parkersburg on Feb 11, 2009 at 10:58 PM
    Why don't our local officials take any stimulus money they get and spend it on fixing up the roads that have gotten destroyed with all the plowing and salt damage. I spend more time dodging the pot holes than I do driving between the lines. Just as an example, Camden Ave on Southside between the Erickson Facility and Badger Lumber is so bad that I won't drive on it after dark caus you can't see the holes and their are way to many due to the fact that the road was graded down last year and never finished. I'm sure alot of people in this area would rather have the roads fixed properly instead of wasting the money on a riverfront project that will end up a waste of money down the road caus it will never get finished and even if it does, who would want to go there, there isn't any parking downtown to do anything.
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