MCRA supports Motor Sports Complex

Kyle Lovern/WDN The Mingo County Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors met last week for their regular monthly meeting. From left, James Simpkins, Dr. Donovan “Dino” Beckett, Ex. Director Leasha Johnson, Andy Dillon and Terry Salmons.

The Mingo County Redevelopment Authority (MCRA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) for the proposed Twin Branch Motor Sports Complex that will be located between Belo and Holden on a mountaintop removal site off of Corridor G.

MCRA Executive Director Leasha Johnson conducted a meeting of the Board of Directors that included James Simpkins, Andy Dillon, Dr. Donovan “Dino” Beckett, Terry Salmons and Paul Pinson (by conference call).

The new drag strip has been in the works for several years, but recent progress has been made.

The MCRA will be the owner of the property, with plans to lease it to the Corridor G Regional Development Authority for development of the complex.

Both the Mingo County Commission and the Logan County Commission are working together to make the project come to fruition. It would likely be the summer of 2016 before racers can actually begin using the track.

The MCRA feels that the Twin Branch site would be a boost to the local economy for both counties, as well as southern West Virginia.

In other actions taken by the MCRA:

· They will advertise in Trade & Industry Development Magazine to promote Mingo County as a viable location for new business and industry. The MCRA wants to take a more aggressive approach to “rebranding” Mingo County and to pursuing diversification opportunities through marketing.

· The group plans to meet soon with representatives from both Congressman Jenkins’ and Senator Capito’s staffs

· They will also meet with the staff of U.S. Senator Shelly Moore-Capito

· Johnson also updated the board on the W.Va. Community Development HUB’s roundtable discussion slated for June 23rd at Hawks Nest.

· She gave the board an update on possible clients for the Wood Industrial Park on 22 Mine Road at Holden and the Belo Industrial Park on Rt. 65 at Belo.

· The board also received updates on the Buffalo Mountain permit that will affect the King Coal Highway project, as well as the MCRA’s housing site development near Mingo Central High School.

(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)

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