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Putnam County Sees Economic Upswing

Reported: May. 2, 2014 10:27 PM EDT
Updated: May. 2, 2014 11:12 PM EDT
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WINFIELD, W.Va. (Sean Delancey) -- People in Putnam County are experiencing a big upswing in the growth of the economy.

The boom in the county has some small towns like Winfield racing to keep up.

The Putnam County Development Authority says the county is snapping back from the recession like a slingshot. The business park is expanding, housing complexes are popping up in Poca and business is booming in Hurricane.

Winfield City Council is trying to ride the wave and expand the town, but they are hitting roadblocks along the way.

"If you don't have growth, small towns die,” Terry Angle of Eleanor said. “You don't have any other option."

Winfield’s outdated waste water treatment plant is forcing the town council to get a permit from the DEP for every new building built, and businesses on the outskirts are fighting an expansion of town limits.

One council move is welcomed by Winfield residents. Mayor Randy Barrett said Advance Auto Parts has purchased land and plans to break ground on their new business in July.

"You can always use more auto parts,” Frank Blankenship of Winfield said. “You can't have enough of that."

If everything works out, Advance Auto Parts will be the only auto parts store in Winfield, with the closest competition across the river in Eleanor.

Some Winfield residents say Winfield is poised to ride the Putnam expansion wave all the way to the bank.

Barrett said the town needs to extend utilities to the property before advance auto can move in and start construction.



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