WCHG Hosts Meet The Candidates Forum For Supervisor Candidates – Part One
Warm Springs,VA – On Saturday October 29, Allegheny Mountain Radio hosted a “Meet The Candidates” forum for Bath Board of Supervisors candidates. In this story you will hear the three candidates from the Cedar Creek District, Ellen Andrews, Claire Collins and Eddie Ryder, responding to the question: How can Bath County grow its economy without sacrificing the rural community feeling?
Ellen Andrews – “Firstly most important is for those of us who live here, those of us who work here, and those of us who vote on November 8, need to distinguish between quality of life and money wealth. Tourism is wonderful. It’s absolutely essential, but for those of us who live here, the quality of life is what we most enjoy and it comes for free. It comes for simply walking outstide on a snowy day and kicking around some just barely fallen leaves. Tourism is excellent. It does provide many jobs, but they are service jobs. And I believe production is a necessity for the growth of Bath County. I believe the prosperity that it brings in small ways, in better health, in good land, in clear air and delightful waters, I think those are way more important than the actual money wealth.”
Clair Collins – “In Bath County particularly we are known as a resort community. How can we work as a resort community to grow the community so that we are economically sustainable for the future is the number one question that needs to be addressed by the Board of Supervisors when they take office. So that there is a plan created with the specific business target market, to address in working with the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, The Virginia Department of Business Assistance, Appalachian Regional Commission, The Economic Development Administration and all of our state and federal legislators. And that comes from the community and the stake holders in the community to address what types of jobs we have. I think they are low impact. I think we will find that we will have opportunities as other places that have been resort communities to create jobs.”
Eddie Ryder – “I think that if we look at the technologies that are out there today and we have the infrastructure built for electronic communications, we can get, we can compete with people that are in other counties to brings folks here that would like to be in Bath County because it’s a nice place to be and those infrastructures don’t belch out smoke and these sort of things that we really don’t want here. I think it’s very important to have these sort of industries, because they create jobs that pay good salaries so people can have homes and families and pay taxes. And if we can get those sort of infrastructures in here and the right, the proper workforce I think that will be the key. “