GRAFTON — Taylor County has seen about a 5 1/2 percent increase in local business growth for 2016, with 10 new businesses in May alone.
Thus far in 2016, state data shows that 32 new businesses have opened their doors in Taylor County, with only 10 businesses closing.
“The Economic Development Authority was just reinstated in July 2015, so we are just regrouping, trying to get our board together and come up with some plans,” EDA Director Patricia Henderson said. “I think that the county has really worked very hard to come together to promote us.”
Taylor County Commission President Orville Wright believes reinstating the Economic Development Authority was a big reason why new businesses are opening in the county.
“They had a Economic Development Authority a few years ago, and for some reason it dissolved,” Wright said. “That was one of my pet peeves, so when I ran for office, I wanted to get that restarted…”
…Henderson said the city of Grafton has also done a great job of promoting its downtown, which has in turn attracted new businesses.
“Taylor County has a lot to offer. We have a lot of vacant land parcels that are available for any type of reuse,” she said. “I think people are looking for a way to keep their children and their family within the county, as well as within the state.”
Four new businesses in Taylor County have already opened in June, and the county is working to carry that growth throughout the rest of 2016…
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