Young Professionals and Entrepreneurship

Turning It Around: Taylor County More Than Triples State Business Growth Average

Photo by Jessica McDonald/wvhub.org

Photo by Jessica McDonald/wvhub.org

Since its Turn This Town Around year in 2014, the city of Grafton continues to demonstrate the positive impacts of an organized local development effort.

The opening of the Main Street Deck in Grafton—a Benedum-funded Turn This Town Around mini-grant project that leveraged an additional $60,000 in city and local business investment—has had an immediate impact on cultural activity and vibrancy in the downtown area.

biz-growthAll Aboard Grafton’s launch of First Friday live entertainment, arts and local business events downtown has provided a much needed spark to the local business community and dramatically increased the liveability and appeal of the city.

Now, we are seeing the economic benefits that often follow the creation of an inviting local place for entertainment, music and art, and community socializing.

Taylor County, of which Grafton is the largest city and county seat, has seen a 6.15 percent increase in local business growth through the first six months of 2016, with 35 new businesses opening.

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