7/15/2013 8:10 AM
by Nadine Grimley
MOUNT HOPE - A new economic-impact report showed that construction of the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve pumped almost $170 million in income into Southern West Virginia during the last four years.
The report by Syneva Economics said that $121 million went directly into the community and another $48 million was an indirect result of construction and spending. It also said the Reserve supported an average 848 jobs between 2010 and 2013, mostly in construction, which helped boost employment in the utility, restaurant, and health care industries.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the payoff isn't over, he anticipates expansions for the 2019 World Jamboree.