CARROLLTON – Carroll County Economic Development Director Tait Carter provided Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) with a tour of the county last week.
Carter and Johnson talked about economic development possibilities during a stop at the Industrial Park on SR 332 with Ed Looman, Appalachia Partnership for Economic Growth project manager in the Eastern Ohio counties of Carroll, Jefferson, Harrison, Holmes, Coshocton, Guernsey, and Belmont.
The trio discussed opportunities for Carroll County and the region with the construction of cracker plants in the area and an available site in the park. She also spoke of the possibility for development in the park along a rail spur.
Johnson talked about an increase in private-public partnerships occurring in economic development, noting Carroll County Energy is paying for a new Carrollton school.
“We are bringing ways to create these partnerships,” he said. “The President has a plan to make Appalachia great again. We have the oil and gas resources in this area to make it happen. We are going to see this region explode with opportunities in the future and we need tobe ready.”
Carter reported on a recent petro-chemical conference she attended in Texas, saying she was part of a group of 20 from Ohio who attended.
“We have the cheapest gas in this part of the the nation, which is an advantage,” she said. “We made contact with officials from some of the major chemical companies and made a stop in Louisiana. We are not going to stop until we can land a couple of these companies here.”
Following the tour, Johnson and Carter met with Carroll County Commissioners to discuss economic development.