The Pleasants County Development Authority has approved a pilot program to attract and retain residents that offers up $1,000 for a family to buy or build a home in Pleasants County, as well as additional funds for children enrolled in the school system or a licensed day care.
Jody Murphy, special projects coordinator of the Pleasants County Development Authority, said the goal is two-fold:
- To encourage employment and retention of current Pleasants County residents
- To encourage families who are employed by companies located in Pleasants County, but are living elsewhere, to purchase or build a primary residence in the Pleasants County community.
Carl Guthrie, director of the Pleasants County Development Authority, said the program was first created several years ago and has been revived periodically as an added incentive for industry and employees. This year the county has a number of industries seeking employees.
The Pilot program, which begins July 1, is designed to entice new, full-time employees to buy or build a home in Pleasants County. It can also be used to retain residents and new graduates to their native Pleasants County. To qualify for the program, a person must either be employed full-time by a Pleasants County-based business (for either one year, or completed a company-mandated probationary period) or have operated a business in the county for at least one year.
Area companies looking for employees include Axens North America, Solvay, Summit Environmental, Sistersville Tank Works and Ply Gem Industries are all seeking employees, as well as the WV Division of Corrections.
In addition to the new residency program, the Development Authority is also offering funds for new residents who enroll their children into the Pleasants County school system or a licensed day care in Pleasants County.
Eligible residents and employees can apply for the program through the development authority. Find out more information through the Why Not Pleasants County campaign page on Facebook.