By getting the ground rules in place, the Legislature made the state more attractive to all those those who have to decide where to invest their money.
Among the decisions hanging fire is where to build billion-dollar crackers to convert the Marcellus shale gas into feedstock for the petrochemical industry.
The American Chemistry Council said one such cracker could produce 8,000 jobs during construction and 12,000 jobs after it goes into production.
Tomblin drew praise from two political rivals, House Speaker Rick Thompson and Senate President Jeff Kessler, for his leadership on this issue. His 36 years in the Legislature served him and the state well.
The bill was passed in a special session lacking other issues to distract legislators. The administration and legislative leaders had their ducks in a row.
This is the most important economic development legislation since the privatization of workers comp.
The politicians did their jobs. Now it is up to industry to step forward and do its part.
Safely and cleanly, please.