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Region’s Economic Report a Mixed Bag

Drilling industry offsets some of recession loss

October 16, 2013

WHEELING — Even though the region continues losing population, West Virginia University officials believe the burgeoning Marcellus Shale natural gas industry can reinvigorate the Wheeling area....

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Oct-16-13 1:32 AM

Is "Zito" a member of the "family."

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Oct-16-13 5:52 AM

Lose 300 people a year? Maybe by moving, but the death rate has to exceed the birth rate by a number much larger than that? These clowns are overly optimistic, I think.

I doubt if all the PERMANENT gas jobs are enough to even offset Ormet.

With an aging population, there is going to be a massive "die-off" there in the coming years.

Wheeling 20K in 2020?

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Oct-16-13 6:23 AM

Wheeling loses an average of 1% of its' population each year while annual police and fire contributions rise 7% and the overall budget goes up 2-3%.


The "city" manager of Wheeling receives a higher paycheck than the mayor of Pittsburgh (Wheeling also has a mayor who earns $15,000). Though to be fair, the Pittsburgh Boy Mayor has checked out for the last few months and is picking up his check for not even showing up to work.

Wheeling is dead. It will never come back because it is run by corrupt good ole boys, the Catholic Church and a gaggle of non-profits. These people have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. New blood and new fortune seekers upset their apple cart, dilute their power base and, in their mind, steal a larger piece of a pie that never grows.


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Oct-16-13 6:27 AM

Atoddh's comment about Zito and the family was racist.

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Oct-16-13 7:28 AM

sara, I like the RACE/RELIGION card! I will let you know that you are a racist too! Based on where/who/whom you hang-out or don't hang-out! Think about it.....

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Oct-16-13 7:43 AM


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Oct-16-13 7:52 AM

The long term economic benefits of the shale "boom" are vastly overstated. The population will continue to decline as jobs vanish due to liberal economic and environmental policies. A few landowners will benefit, but the masses will not see any economic gain.

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Oct-16-13 8:26 AM

Thank God we're losing TEACHERS! The BAD NEWS is they are running for public office and will ultimately tarnish what little respect and competence remains in that profession. KEEP them away from participating in public policy and OUR CHILDREN!

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Oct-16-13 9:08 AM

sara:Zito gona tella you howa fix fix it.maybe maka you a offer you cant refuse.

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Oct-16-13 9:19 AM

Perhaps "Zito" can attract/arrange some mob money to the OV for legitimate new business starts . WV has no-no-venture or seed money available for said otherwise.

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Oct-16-13 9:33 AM

Black is very correct: the large mineral owners will do very well. There will not be much benefit otherwise unless the mineral owners elect to invest locally in new business.

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Oct-16-13 10:25 AM

According to the article, "Zito" Sartarelli is dean of the WVU College of Business and Economics. But because he’s of Italian heritage, atoddh assumes he’s a mafia boss, and posts ethnic slurs here.

It’s also important to note that atoddh is a liberal Democrit. So when you hear liberals babble their “conservatives are racists and bigots” mantra, keep in mind all the racist, bigoted comments you actually read with your own eyes, from liberals.

Pathetic, atoddh. But you’ll just excuse your bigoted comments as just being “non-PC.” Keep posting that “non-PC” brilliance, Democrit.

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Oct-16-13 11:15 AM

Zito is from Brazil could NOT find any American's to fill the spot!

The WVU foundation is in full campaign mode raising funds (mostly federal grant grabbing) and tuition will continue to increase.....

State funded school grabbing some of that good old federal tax payer grant money! Did someone mention we are broke?? Does anyone know why? Does anyone care?

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Oct-16-13 1:24 PM

atoddh says he does cement work. What's your shoe size, WWU?

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Oct-16-13 1:56 PM

troll: Its just that serious business people do not give themselves"extra" names like "zito.";at least not in professional situations. But this is WV.

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Oct-16-13 2:51 PM

atoddh, Read his bio, his nickname "Zito" has nothing to do with WV! Maybe he got the job for donating $100,000 to the business school! LOL

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Oct-16-13 4:09 PM

Junkins looking for work?

Between this article and the "Eleanor" Rigby endorsement, Casey Junkins has written a lap dog "Pravda" like review.

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Oct-16-13 4:42 PM

dying: The presentation was a real study in fantasy. The OV is really dying fast as the value added jobs dry up. There is no funding- or planning- for new value added activity to replace the losses. There is no way other than down.

Zito does not seem to have much of a corporate style for his position. But then his Department does issue bogus MBA's to donors.

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Oct-16-13 4:55 PM

public relations BS for the gas shilling crowd. turn your neighborhood into a toxic waste site yet? Anyone can drive a vry short distance and see the many sites of destruction and death...we put the video link to the Rea families on our Liberty and Justice WV site...

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Oct-16-13 5:55 PM

toxic waste... yawn... destruction... zzz... death... zzzzzzzz..... zzzzzzzzzzzzz......

You wouldn't have a single specific example of all that destruction and death anywhere in the Ohio Valley yet, would you mk? Didn't think so.


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Oct-16-13 6:02 PM

Sometimes to keep from getting booed off the stage you have to say something positive, and I think that was the case at this conference. The major impact of the drilling excitement has ebbed, and the crowd is leaving the stadium.

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Oct-16-13 6:24 PM

atoddh, I agree! I'm sure that the Stone's building is likely just some of that good old goberment contract/grant money peeps......

The US is now a services dominated economy with a lot of "funny" money floating around! What "value" is added when nothing is produced?

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Oct-16-13 6:49 PM

dying: yes Stones was all EDA money. The concept was to develop rental space free on grants and use the income for salaries for Rigby and staff. The only beneficiaries of the so call "economic development" agencies are their staffs.

To your point: the OV decline is a stark example of what happens when valued added jobs dry up. Ormet will be a huge jolt. It looks like coal will decline too(Consol wants out).

Germany is an example of the value in retaining a strong manufacturing base; even with high wages.

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Oct-16-13 7:00 PM

folks: understand a gas pad-unlike a coal mine-requires zero staff to operate; once installed. It just cranks out cash for the driller and mineral owner 24/7.

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Oct-16-13 7:33 PM


Those who take such obvious pleasure from the difficulties of the Ohio Valley region and WV in general are likely rejects themselves. They are the type who write on restroom walls and spend the majority of their time complaining about others rather than doing anything positive themselves.

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