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Scout Reserve Has Produced $50 Million Economic Impact
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 18, 2012 9:13 AM EDT
White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier County , West Virginia
The construction of the Boy Scouts of America's Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve has produced an economic impact of more than $50 million in wages and materials.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin made the announcement during the Boy Scouts of America's 2012 Sustainability Summit held at The Greenbrier Resort, according to a news release from the governor’s office.
"The Summit represents a true West Virginia partnership. Through the hard work of our Division of Highways, National Guard, Homeland Security leaders, the Boy Scouts along with hundreds of West Virginia workers and vendors, the ambitious construction schedule is progressing," Tomblin said. "Millions of dollars associated with materials, labor and tourism have boosted the local economy - with millions more to come when the Summit opens in 2013. Together, we are building a sustainable future for the region, our beautiful state and the tens of thousands of Scouts from West Virginia and across the globe who will enjoy the Reserve for years to come."
In preparation for the 2013 National Jamboree, many local hotels are already reporting full occupancy during the time period. Scout leaders, visitors and volunteers who've traveled to work on the project have already invested an estimated $1 million into the local economy. Nearly 1,000 workers have worked to construct "The Summit," representing $34.5 million in wages. To date, $16 million in materials have been purchased in West Virginia - $9 million of which have been purchased from vendors in Fayette, Raleigh and Nicholas counties.
During the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, 40,000 Scouts and Scouters will travel to West Virginia to attend or staff the weeklong event. By the time the Summit opens, the Boy Scouts will have built four dams creating 77 acres of lakes, 24 miles of roads, 235 miles of trails and pedestrian routes, and a multitude of high-adventure activities for visitors and Scouts. The Jamboree is scheduled July 15-24, 2013.
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