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Leaders look to future of natural gas industry in West Virginia

By JENNIFER COMPSTON-STROUGH

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

Patrick Ford, executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle, speaks Tuesday at the Wheeling Area Economic Outlook Conference at Wheeling Island Hotel- Casino-Racetrack.
(Intelligencer photo by Jennifer Compston-Strough)

WHEELING, W.Va. — As stakeholders partner across state lines in an effort to create a petrochemical hub in the tri-state area, those here are looking for ways to ensure that West Virginia comes out on top regarding developments related to a potential ethane cracker plant.

Economic advisers, researchers, industrial leaders and others gathered Tuesday at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack for a panel discussion on the economic outlook for Wheeling, the Mountain State, the larger region including Ohio and Pennsylvania and the rest of the nation. David H. McKinley, principal and chief investment officer for McKinley Carter Wealth Services, moderated the event.

It included participation by his father, U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va. The Wheeling Area Economic Outlook Conference attracted a crowd of business and government representatives, including Jefferson County Commissioner Tom Gentile; Belmont County Commissioner J.P. Dutton; Marshall County Commissioner Bob Miller; and Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott.

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