The Mountain State's hosting of the National Scout Jamboree this year, and for many years to come, is as good a deal for West Virginia as it is for the Boy Scouts.
From an economic perspective, the Scouts' purchase of the 10,600-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in the New River Gorge area was a big plus, helping assure that the forested mountain region would be developed responsibly, maintaining the character of the rugged forest land.
Bringing in 50,000 Scouts, Venturers, volunteers and staff will be a huge benefit to the state.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin noted that the economic impact of The Summit includes job growth in the construction industry as well as employment in professional, scientific, technical, utility, and health care industries. To date, the governor reports, the Summit has:
* Supported, on average, 848 local jobs each year -543 directly, and another 305 indirectly.
* Provided labor income amounts totaling $169.7 million into the local economy:
* $121.4 million directly through employment income, including wages and benefits as well as proprietor income.
* $48.3 million indirectly through local industries buying goods and services from area companies.