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State Of The County Conference

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

Government and community leaders come together in Floyd County for a State of the County Conference.

Government and business leaders gathered at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg for the state of the county address.

"We've been insulated from some of the things that have been going on in the national economy. Our healthcare is good, our education is always improving and our real estate is also good as well too," said Brent Graden, Director of Economic Development for the City of Prestonsburg.

He along with other officials say the outlook for Prestonsburg, along with the rest of the county is good.

"We finished out '07 - '08, about three hundred thousand dollars to the good and this year's budget, '08 - '09, we look to doing about the same thing," said Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin.

Judge Executive Doc Marshall says county officials are tackling everything from expanding sewer systems throughout the county to improving roads. He also says they are working to fix the overcrowded jail problem.

"By trying to get these individuals in a work release program, the quicker we can get them out of the jail, the less expense we're going to be burdened with," he said.

Overall, he says he has confidence in the local economy.

"I think it's because we still have a solid base with our coal industry and gas. And our job markets, their not the worst," he said.

He says he looks forward to even more growth.

Officials say there are plans to bring a Biodiesel plant to the county which should bring more jobs to the area. They hope to start construction within the next four months.

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