It sounds as if Augusta County hired a consultant to tell them what many in the community already could have told them: perhaps they should not have let the "megasite" get away. The Toyota plant "megasite" that was exposed by loose-lipped people and shot down by environmentalists two years ago would have provided blue collar and white collar jobs for the area as well as provided the advantages of Toyota's well-known community involvement.
The consultant cited the need to recruit new businesses, hold onto the old ones, and encourage small businesses ... and cited the lack of jobs for local students who go to college and those local youth who do not go to college. The manufacturing jobs that have been in the county for over 20 years are not assured of remaining here as companies close plants and shift work forces around the country.
The future of Augusta County will depend on its ability to provide jobs in the years ahead.
Public hearings to get input from the community will be held June 9 at 7 pm at Stuarts Draft High School, June 10 at 7 pm at Riverheads High School, and June 11 at 7 pm at the Augusta County Government Center.