Talks Of Transportation Around The Valley

By: Shannon Houser
By: Shannon Houser

Transportation here at home pulled into the fast lane with perspective from inside the beltway.

That's what area representatives talked about today during a visit from Senator Jay Rockefeller and U.S. Deputy Secretary John Porcari.

A growing economy requires growing infrastructure.

The key message to the Chamber of Commerce from the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari.

"Here in West Virginia and across the country we've been living off investments that our parents and our grandparents made. For the economy that we want tomorrow, for the jobs that we want tomorrow, we need to make those investments today," Porcari says.

Investments that are key to the Valley and some that we've already made.

MOV Chamber of Commerce President, Jill Parsons says, "A lot of great local success stories that revolve around transportation in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Obviously we opened the River Front Park in the summer. Being on the Ohio River is a great benefit and value for our community."

And it should be those communities on the local level making the decision that are best for them.

"If you look around here in Parkersburg and throughout the country, the kind of transportation facilities, air service. Those kind of investments were made by our parents and grandparents and it's time for us to do the same thing," Porcari says.

Parsons adds, "I was very enthused to hear that Mr. Porcari feels that the decisions need to be made locally. That you need to have accountability for the projects that you are doing for transportation on a local basis."

Another bonus on building a growing future for the Valley, is building more local jobs in the process.

Porcari says, "one of the great things about transportation infrastructure investments is they are a "2-for". You get jobs today while you're building and re-building transportation infrastructure and it opens up economic development for tomorrow."

Senator Jay Rockefeller was also welcomed to the Valley Tuesday, while meeting with local airport officials.

Airport managers across West Virginia thanked the senator for his hard working in passing a bill benefiting small local airports.

The bill secures Essential Air Service funding for airports.

Nearly 8 million dollars supports air service in Beckley, Clarksburg, Morgantown, and right here in Parkersburg.

It also secures that money over the next few years, allowing airports to make essential changes that would increase customers.

Senator Rockefeller says, "I just made it very clear to the House that I was negotiating with that I wasn't going to negotiate anything in aviation unless I knew that Essential Air Service was going to be in it, and obviously I wanted to be sure that the 4 in West Virginia that qualify for it, got it, and continued to get it."

He adds the bill means a safer and more reliable air transportation network for West Virginia, and all of America.


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