Washington County, PA -- This Boom Town is Attracting $700 Million in Development...
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Washington County, PA -- This Boom Town is Attracting $700 Million in Development ... and Counting WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pa., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- This week during the G-20 summit, many of the world's leaders will descend on Pittsburgh (Allegheny County) to discuss the state of the global economy. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090923/NE80760 ) Meanwhile in neighboring Washington County, it will be business as usual. And according to J.R. Shaw, executive director of Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency (WCTPA), that's good news. "I don't think I'm overstating the facts when I say that we're experiencing a bit of a boom," he affirms. The numbers tell the story: 750 new hotel rooms will be available in Washington County by early 2010; The Meadows Racetrack and Casino recently completed the $155 million construction of a new permanent facility; Tanger Outlets spent $90 million to build a new 75-store shopping center; Washington Hospital completed a $69 million expansion project; and collectively Allegheny Technologies Inc., Perryman Co., CNX Gas and MarkWest Energy Partners LP and NGP Midstream & Resources LP are investing nearly $500 million in various projects. "All of this development adds up to more jobs," Shaw says. "In fact, we're anticipating some 8,000 people joining the payrolls. Given that the total population of Washington County stands at just 208,000, that's a significant increase." This boom complements the county's existing resources, including its heritage sites (22 covered bridges, The David Bradford House, Duncan & Miller Museum, The LeMoyne House, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Museum of Rural Life, the National Road and the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum), minor league baseball team (The Wild Things) and enough beautiful scenery for all seasons. For more information go to VisitWashingtonCountyPA.com or call 724-228-5520. SOURCE Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency Saul Markowitz of Markowitz Communications, +1-412-577-5140, or +1-412-977-8517