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Southern Ohio must do more to tout pluses

Regardless of the motivations of the company that recognized it, the Village of South Point was recently named as having the lowest tax and utility rates in the entire state of Ohio.

This is something the village should be proud of and find ways to market itself across the state and, ultimately, across the nation.

That is a service the company that did the study and compiled the data offers prospective clients. Although it may not be economically feasible, the results remain valid and the concept sound.

In fact, marketing the tax rates, utility expenses and low cost of living is something the entire southern Ohio region needs to focus on and do more effectively.

Recently, The Tribune completed a county guidebook that will be used as an economic development tool and to provide visitors’ information by the Chamber of Commerce.

One component of that was talking with business and community leaders about what makes Lawrence County so special and a viable place to operate a thriving business.

Nearly all said the strengths included the tax rate, low operating costs, strong workforce and economic development officials who ate willing to provide help when needed.

This book is a positive first step. But the Chamber has limited resources. Other businesses and agencies must really look to pool resources to showcase our region.

Lawrence County is a great place to live, work and play — in many ways one of the state’s best kept secrets.

Now is the time to let the rest of the world know.