Investments in modern infrastructure lay the foundations for economic development and growth in all communities. Building streets, bridges, utilities (i.e. water, sewer, electrical, gas, etc.) and making other improvements create jobs. When completed, these projects help a community increase its wealth and its citizens’ standard of living.
Berkeley County, West Virginia, recognized this long ago and has always placed a high level of importance on maintaining and expanding its infrastructure. Doing so has resulted in the following three outcomes.
Infrastructure creates (and keeps) jobs.
Our experience with bringing businesses such at Quad Graphics, Macy’s and now Procter & Gamble, underscores the case for infrastructure to be improved and modernized as new needs and technologies emerge.
Infrastructure attracts and retains a skilled workforce.
Highly educated, skilled workers today expect more from their jobs than just a paycheck and a secure future. That’s why cities compete fiercely to make their communities an attractive place to live. Quality of life plays a big role in one’s decision to seek a job in a particular city, relocate an existing business or start a new one. Quality of life factors include downtown walk ability, alternate transportation methods, walking bicycle paths, a vibrant cultural scene, nightlife, access to higher education, and more.
We knew that to attract, retain and nurture a talented workforce, we have to invest in revitalizing the core of Martinsburg.
Downtown redevelopment, know as the Mainstreet Martinsburg area, is continuing to flourish with our town square and its permeable pavers along East King Street to reduce storm water run-off, widened sidewalks next to buildings for outdoor dining, created performance space for public events, a cascading fountain, and decorative street lamps. Forward-thinking streetscape design makes it conducive for visitors to enjoy new public gathering spaces, family friendly events held year-round, summer concert series, and a farmer market are held weekly during the growing season.
Infrastructure fosters sustainability.
The infrastructure we build today is the legacy we leave to future generations. It will need to provide for current water, energy and transportation demands, while at the same time, remain flexible enough to adapt to future technological, environmental and regulatory changes. We believe by making the necessary investments in our infrastructure now, we meet the current needs of our community, while increasing opportunities for future growth and prosperity. It’s a strategy that is sure to yield dividends for years to come.