Scioto County Commissioner Chairman Bryan Davis has coined a phrase based on his dream for the residual effect of the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway (Bypass).
“I coined it as a technology corridor,” Davis said. “New development, new business, especially advanced technology. That’s something the (Scioto County) Career Technical Center is really focusing on with their RamTech development. We’re going to have robotics. We’re going to have that technology being taught at our Career Technical Center, and we ought to be able to supply the employees for new businesses that are going to be building, creating new technologies.”
Davis was asked about the mixture of apprehension and excitement that has come with the project.
“I know that there are concerns and I’ve heard several concerns,” Davis said “I have heard positives and negatives, and I feel like ultimately the pros outweigh the negatives.”
Davis said the project has brought a renewed interest in the area economically.
‘There’s a lot of activity on and along the route of the bypass,” Davis said. “We have a lot of workers out there working that are renting, they’re buying, they’re eating, consuming services here in the (Scioto) county. We also have people working out there who are from here. They’re spending their money on cars and houses and all kinds of different things that are being bought and purchased and consumed. You can’t really overlook those advantages.”
Davis said the county is looking for ways to benefit from the project.
“We’ve already seen in a very short period of time some companies wanting to locate near these interchanges,” Davis said. “We’ve seen it in Lucasville with the industrial park where the SCCTC north campus has now established themselves. We have several companies in what two years ago was an empty industrial park is now a full industrial park.”
Davis said he believes the area is heading in the right direction.
“What I really like is the fact that you have so many entities heading in the same direction. It’s not one pulling this way, one pulling that way, everybody’s got a common vision, a common goal,” Davis said. “There’s a lot of communication between a lot of people to keep that moving in the same direction. As far as the Commissioners’ office, we are staying informed and staying very involved in all of these conversations and trying to help as much as we can to facilitate them.”
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