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Lewis County Economy Continuing To Grow

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There are indications all over Lewis County that growth is on the way, and some of it has been a long time coming.

A hillside just outside Jane Lew is tranquil now, but there are big plans to turn it into another bustling piece of the Lewis County economy. Developer Craig Phillips said he's already heard from companies in the energy industry expressing interest in the location.

He said Lewis County locations like this are perfect for those companies.

"You've got Chesapeake and Consol and a lot of them there, and I just think it's a central area for them, I think it's right on the interstate with easy access in and out," Phillips said.

And that's not the only location in the county that could be seeing change. A vacant plaza behind the Burger King on Corridor H may soon get tenants, thanks to contributions from oil and gas companies.

"Folks should understand that it's not just the direct employment from the oil and gas industry. We're getting a lot of new employment in the retail and service sector because a lot of the jobs in the oil and gas industry are high-paying jobs and so there's a lot more disposable income," said Doug Parsons of the Lewis County Economic Development Authority.

While those locations still have a ways to go before they're ready, other new facilities will open much sooner. The Hickory House Event Center remodeling is nearing completion, and owners said they're already filling up the event schedule for when the building opens.

"Optimistically, we're hoping by some time in January getting it complete. We already have weddings booked for June. I'm actually getting married in June, so we're going to have our reception here," said the center's Alden Butcher.