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Q&A: Berkeley County Development Authority Outlines Challenges & Statewide Impact

Sandy Hamilton, Executive Director of the Berkeley County Development Authority.
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Sandy Hamilton, Executive Director of the Berkeley County Development Authority.

Berkeley County is one of the fastest growing counties in West Virginia. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2013 and 2016, the population grew by 4,300 people. It’s also the second most-populated county in the state.

With big businesses like Procter and Gamble moving in, it seems like the population will only continue to grow, so how does the county handle that?

West Virginia Public Broadcasting spoke with Sandy Hamilton, Executive Director of the Berkeley County Development Authority to talk about challenges in the growing region and her thoughts on the county’s overall impact on the state.

Biggest Challenges:

  • Building a dependable workforce
  • Keeping up with infrastructure needs

Impact:

  • Hamilton says she hopes Berkeley County's growth "provides hope" for the rest of the state and for each area of West Virginia to focus and emphasize its strengths.

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