At 14, Joesph Watson has an idea that could draw hundreds, if not thousands, of people to Wyoming County.
Cognizant of the county’s struggling – a prolonged downturn in the coal industry, population decline and a dwindling economic base – Watson believes a remote control race track will draw tourists, eventually adding employment opportunities and revenue to the county’s coffers.
He said the track would enhance Wyoming County’s tourism and recreational draw, which are expected to become major economic factors in the county. A professional-grade track, he said, would “give the county a little bit more” to entice visitors to Wyoming County.
Additionally, a remote control race track would provide an alternative recreation opportunity for the county’s young people, the eighth-grader at Mullens Middle School believes.
“The youth of the county have very little to do that is constructive, educational and enjoyable,” he wrote in a grant application to bring the project from paper to a reality.
Watson, who lives with his mother in the small community of Wyco, said a remote control race track will also positively impact the youth by increasing their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math, the heavily pushed STEM courses.
He is currently eyeing the county’s 4H Club near Glen Rogers as a possible temporary site for the track. Eventually, Watson envisions using land or a shell building to host the races. As popularity grows, so will the need for space, he said…