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Moving in

New generation chooses to bring talents to Valley

June 21, 2013

One of the first questions Christopher Law gets when he meets new people is why he moved from Florida to southeast Ohio, when many people express a desire to do the opposite....

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armybrat

Jun-21-13 6:53 AM

I encouraged my children/grandchild to get an education and go where the jobs are. The closest lives three hours away and has a very good job. We communicate almost daily, this makes visits very special. I would like to see more jobs open up in this area.

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armybrat

Jun-21-13 6:56 AM

I have been to Florida several times. A nice place to visit, but it is to hot, humid (worse than the ohio valley) and buggy for me. I do love the Florida beaches, though.

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bwc511

Jun-21-13 7:28 AM

If you want to see this trend continue, then invest in your schools. Otherwise, it will not last long here.

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JoshBrown

Jun-21-13 9:28 AM

Marietta is a great city just needs a little TLC !

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GOTOSCHOOL

Jun-21-13 10:16 AM

This is becoming a 'retirement' community right before our eyes...again- the air quality, lack of quality jobs and schools in disarray won't go away. Real growth only happens with young blood- not debatable. So- this area needs to make the best of this...

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Caspiansynn

Jun-21-13 10:18 AM

I tell every young person I meet to get the heck out of the mid Ohio valley, the air and the water are poison and good jobs are as rare as hens teeth.

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JoshBrown

Jun-21-13 10:24 AM

@Caspiansynn It has changed a lot over the last 10 years the EPA has done a great job cleaning up the mess. The air here is better than most of the state and will be even cleaner by 2015 when the last power plant closes.

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rocker

Jun-21-13 10:28 AM

bwc511 throwing more money at the schools doesn't fix anything or attract businesses and people to the area. But quality schools will.

Low taxes, less regulations, and incentives will attract more businesses to come here. And in turn more people will come also.

Also this area needs someone whose only job is to lure businesses here. I'm sure there are a lot of businesses in Detroit and Chicago that would love to get out of there and come here.

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JoshBrown

Jun-21-13 10:38 AM

These is the New Air Quality Report and we are doing great !

AQI Value Percentages 2012

Logan Ohio Hocking Hill Good 94.81% Moderate 4.85% Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups 0.27%

Marietta Ohio Good 92.81% Moderate 6.95% Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups 0.24%

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JoshBrown

Jun-21-13 10:39 AM

@rocker The old building downtown would be great for IT companies mixing the old with the new.

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Thrifty

Jun-21-13 10:39 AM

Wow, Sam Lutdman's letter about the school construction is FANTASTIC! Way to go Sam, you've got my vote for school board. I'm sickened by the waste of money on that.

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bwc511

Jun-21-13 2:15 PM

Rocker that ideology is just that - an ideal that Republicans have been pitching for years that is just simply not true. At best, it is a bribe, and bribes do not lead to sustainable economic growth and conditions. And, if it were so true, then how do you explain that the best companies always go to some of the more highly taxed states? I can explain it. Because, that's where they find the skilled people and infrastructure they need to operate and be competitive. It takes far more than just lower taxes. But if you want to keep on the tax bandwagon, then go after corruption and make sure what we pay goes where it is supposed to.

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rocker

Jun-21-13 3:18 PM

bwc511 I don't know of many companies that have said they are going to move to high tax states. In fact a lot of them are moving clear out of the country. There are some companies in high tax states.

Skilled labor? From what I've seen, I think we have plenty of skilled labor around this area. I don't believe tax incentives are bribes to companies. They are incentives for them to locate here. And most cities do this. And if a company moves to their location they employ people who pay taxes, the govt. reaps taxes from sales, and so on.

As far as corruption of any kind, there is a lot of that to go after as we see the weekly scandals involving the obama regime.

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rocker

Jun-21-13 3:30 PM

JoshBrown that would be great if some IT company did move into some of those old buildings and remodel them inside and out.

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JoshBrown

Jun-21-13 3:32 PM

This city doesn't have a vision it's all patch work with no real goal but to stay afloat.Everyone is trying to make a buck off of anything the city does from kickbacks,special zoning,and bribes.This city needs to elect a new council and Mayor that will do the job of cleaning up the city .

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Contrarian

Jun-21-13 4:03 PM

Marietta will shortly become a hub for those working in oil and gas; it is already. The quality of life is good because it's a college town and has maintained its history and architecture. Marietta is the best place to live for miles around, but it wouldn't hurt if the Times dialed back on the front page cover stories of drugs, theft and the like. Compared to other communities we are pretty tame on that count. People remark to me about the cleanliness of the town. We should continue to make improvements in our livability; I think more young adults will be returning here from elsewhere.

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JoshBrown

Jun-21-13 4:39 PM

@Contrarian Yes all those great paying gas/oil jobs in the county so far there have been 10 of them in 3 years.As for the low life drilling crews from TX they can stay in another city we don't need that kind of trash in the city.As far as I'm concerned the oil/gas people can go fornicate themselves in the woods with a metal spike.

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TXBuckeye

Jun-21-13 9:13 PM

I have to laugh at some of Josh's comments. Yeah Josh, we will keep our dirty oil&gas jobs here in TX for the most part. I don't mind a bit, saves me about $30,000 a year in not paying Ohio state income taxes!! Have a good life there in the dying valley. How ironic it would be if oil&gas revives things a bit in Marietta and you benefit from it. How could you live with yourself if you benefit from an "evil" industry helping the local economy there?

Oh, BTW the jobs added in PA are into the 10's of thousands for direct jobs and > 100,000 with indirect benefit. Wouldn't want any of that economic health would you.......

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JoshBrown

Jun-21-13 9:24 PM

@TXBuckeye Why don't you post a link to all the oil/gas jobs in this area so people can apply for them ? You sound like a bad commercial for gas/oil drillers promising everything and giving nothing. The only thing that the gas/oil drillers will give to this county is millions of gallons of toxic cancer causing waste water.

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sounder

Jun-21-13 10:09 PM

I meet the educated young from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, western Pennsylvania; single or recently married they followed the jobs to many of the tech centers around the country--certainly we have many of them here in the Puget Sound region, with more companies arriving to the area or expanding with new hires. We can sell a lifestyle here; not California, not Florida not New England--the weather mild, the rainfall about that of Columbus but the accessiblity to the outdoors, the water, the mountains, that recreaton, no one else really comes close--a sophisticated and yes, expensive life style with high housing costs but so welcoming for the ambitious who want a career track that won't leave you burned out, a chance to start a new life and family in a region that is probably seen as mysterious and unlike any other region of the U.S. Marietta has that historical setting; there needs to be a focused effort to bring in new talent and people.

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JoshBrown

Jun-21-13 10:16 PM

@Sounder You are dead on great ideal!

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TXBuckeye

Jun-22-13 8:22 AM

Oh, the joys of censoring.

The MSC site is a dot org and the rigzone site is a dot com.

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JoshBrown

Jun-22-13 12:43 PM

@TXsheepshagger Thank you for the link it proves my point 12 jobs for the whole state. I understand that the oil/gas don't care about anything but making money and will kill people to do it just like the tobacco companies .As children get sick and die in the area I hope you enjoy spending the money from it.

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TXBuckeye

Jun-22-13 10:16 PM

Ah, the typical liberal brain. It can't keep from name calling for very long. sheepshagger huh? Well Mr libtard, you can keep your dumb*** ideas up there in has-been land and keep living your life in ignorance. Enjoy your robust economy created by big govt and big unions. Just do us all a favor and stay in a blue state.

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JoshBrown

Jun-23-13 11:48 AM

@TXBuckeye I hope the images of dying children dying from cancer doesn't bother you to much as you spend your money.

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