Capito Visits Cabell and Putnam Counties for Economic and Workforce Development Tours

CABELL/PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) today traveled to Cabell and Putnam counties where she participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, met with local and community leaders, visited several businesses and Received an update on economic development efforts in the region.

First, Senator Capito spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Aviation Maintenance and Technology (AMT) program at Marshall University and Huntington Tri-State Airport. The program will help address pilot shortages, introduce new career paths to the region, and grow the aerospace industry in West Virginia. As leader of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Capito helped secure federal funding to make this program possible.

“West Virginia has so much to offer the aerospace industry, and we have so much to gain from the high-tech industry,” Senator Capito said. “Through the partnership between Marshall University, Mountwest Community and Technical College, Huntington Tri-State Airport and Yeager Airport, Marshall’s Aviation Maintenance Technician Program will help develop workforce training programs- essential work to support our goal of growing the aerospace economy in West Virginia. This is the holistic approach we need to attract the aerospace industry to West Virginia and prove that we have the strong workforce needed to fill these types of jobs. I have worked diligently in Congress to ensure the program is supported and has the tools to succeed, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on our students, the aerospace economy in Virginia -Western and the wider region. .”

“This program was made possible through the collaborative relationship between Mountwest and Marshall,” Dr. Joshua Baker, president of Mountwest Community and Technical College, said. “Each institution has made valuable contributions that will grow our economy and workforce and create great careers for students.

In the afternoon, Senator Capito met with the Putnam County Development Authority to discuss the county’s economic growth, the challenges they face, and the solutions needed to overcome some of those obstacles. After the discussion, Senator Capito toured businesses and economic development projects underway in the area, including Tasty Blend Foods, Inc., Alexander’s Place with Dave Hobba Builders, and available properties in Putnam Business Park.

“It’s an exciting time for economic development in Putnam County right now, and that was evident during my visits today,” Senator Capito said. “I was encouraged to hear from the Putnam County Development Authority and see first hand the existing and ongoing projects in the area. The future success of our state depends on our ability to create more opportunities and jobs, and I am confident that Putnam County is poised to meet those needs.

“We are very grateful to Senator Capito for taking the time to tour Putnam County and our organization. Putnam County is growing with more on the horizon, and the Development Authority continues to move our communities forward. The Senator’s visit came at an ideal time for us to discuss infrastructure needs as our county continues to grow; we were also able to celebrate the success of local businesses that have already chosen to make our county home. It was an honor to showcase some of Putnam’s great assets,” Morganne Tenney, executive director of the Putnam County Development Authority, said.

“My father grew up poor in government-subsidized housing in Charleston, but his dreams were bigger than his situation. He built something amazing that I’m honored to lead now. We are a West Virginia-based company that employs West Virginians and we manufacture products that are used by West Virginia businesses, families, and schools. My father’s dream became a success in West Virginia, and we are so proud to have Senator Capito here to see our success. Cathy Elswick, President and CEO of Tasty Blend Foods, Inc., said.

Photos from today’s tours included below:

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) cuts the ribbon during Marshall University’s AMT program ceremony in Huntington, W.Va. on Thursday, August 25, 2022.

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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) meets with Dave Hobba Builders at Putnam Business Park in Fraziers Bottom, W.Va. on Thursday August 25, 2022.

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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) meets with Dave Hobba Builders at Putnam Business Park in Fraziers Bottom, W.Va. on Thursday August 25, 2022.

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