County must celebrate its successes

Published 9:42 am Thursday, August 11, 2011

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson will have the opportunity to return to Washington, D.C., to tout three of Lawrence County’s recent economic and community development successes.

The congressman toured the county Tuesday as part of his visit to southern Ohio and other parts of his district.

This just gave him the opportunity to get a first-hand look at some legitimate victories for public and private sector economic development.

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Johnson visited Ohio University Southern’s child development center in Hanging Rock, Close to Home III assisted living center in Ironton and the new Chatham Steel location in The Point industrial park.

It is always important when our elected leaders are able to get a good look and see what our region can do with a little partnership and some resources. This may help motivate them to fight for funding for our region, knowing that we will put it to good use.

It’s very important that Lawrence County foster a positive image when it comes to economic development and growth. Things are moving forward but we must always work to share that with the public.

Showcasing successes like these to our elected officials and developers across the world is a tremendous first step.