JEFFERSON COUNTY, W.Va. - Jefferson County has grown a lot in the past few year, and that’s in part to its economic development authority. But with an upcoming change in management, the future is not quite clear at the moment.
With time comes change, and after serving as Executive Director the Jefferson County Development Authority for nearly six years, John Reisenweber is passing on the torch.
That doesn't come without a heavy heart. Reisenweber will change career paths, joining a new defense firm coming to Martinsburg.
In his time, he helped with bringing foreign companies into the area, like Roxul and Tema.
"When you're able to bring business into a community [and] provide opportunities for folks to be gainfully employed, that's very rewarding. We've had some good success as of late, and I’ve really enjoyed that,” said Reisenweber.
Whoever will fill the position will take on projects like the natural gas pipeline, utility consolidation and streamlining the county permit process.
"But they're things that really have to be done. Those are infrastructure projects that are going to position the county for growth over the long-term, so we need to make sure the momentum is not dropped on those projects,” Reisenweber.
He said the recent successes of bringing infrastructure into the area will only carry over into the future.
Even as of this week, Reisenweber is in the process of getting the word out for the upcoming Roads Bond Amendment.
"That is up for a vote on Oct. 7 statewide. Jefferson County stands to receive a little less than $70 million for road improvements in the county,” said Reisenweber.
He said a change in leadership will be good for the county, and he will be there for the new director through the transitioning process.
The application for the position will be open until Oct. 4.