Lewis County jobs great news for region

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Lewis County has a problem.

With iPacesetters, a telemarketing company that specializes in customer retention, customer acquisition, loyalty and win-back, lead generation, appointment setting and bi-lingual marketing services, planning on hiring 400 additional employees, county officials are concerned about a potential housing shortage.

Oh, what a good problem to have.

Lewis County Economic Development Authority Director Mike Herron told the County Commission the good news/bad news scenario during its regular meeting Monday.

“That is significantly good news there,” Herron told the county commissioners, as he explained the company and authority were working together to host a job fair.

“With that many additional people, they need some help,” Herron said. “It points out an example of why we need additional housing, because they are probably going to be hiring people from outside Lewis County to fill those kinds of numbers.”

Actually, the region has been experiencing some housing demand issues already because of the oil and gas boom, a fact pointed out by Commission President Agnes Queen.

And housing needs will continue to grow because of the pipeline project planned…

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