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22nd West Virginia Coal Festival The WV Coal Festival will be held the third wee in June in downtown Madison. “A celebration of Coal and its Heritage”. There will be vendors, crafts, pageants, and free concerts and fireworks. For more information, call 304-369-9118. 

The Big Coal Heritage Festival The Fourth Annual Big Coal Heritage Festival, a celebration of the history of the region, will be held September 24, 2016. The vendors and exhibitors bring together many fine examples of local arts and crafts. The food vendors provide everyone with an opportunity to taste many of the local specialties everyone loves so much.For further information, you many contact Sherri at 304-836-5448 for Arts, Crafts, and Food Vendors; Dan at 304-836-5428 for Music; or Mary at 304-837-3702.

Rivers & Ridges The annual Rivers and Ridges Day will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Water Ways in Julian. This is an adventure weekend to highlight the many outdoor activities available in Boone County, WV. There will be a 5K run/walk, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, and fishing. Water Ways Water Park is located on US 119 near mile marker 61, adjacent to the Hatfield & McCoy Trailhead Center in Julian. For more information, visit riversandridges.org or contact Rob Nelson at director@riversandridges.org. 

Alpha Resources Headquarters: In 2008, Massey Energy, Boone County's largest employer, opened its new Regional Headquarters Office Complex. The 51,000 square foot four-story building, which employs 120 people, is located on Corridor G (Robert C. Byrd Expressway) near Julian in Boone County. The Boone County Community and Economic Development Office worked with officials of Massey Energy, Potesta Engineering, West Virginia-America Water Company, the Boone County Public Service District, the property owner, and local leaders on infrastructure and development planning issues, such as water and access roads and other needs for over two years before the project became a reality. Property taxes from this project alone generate over $120,000 annually for the county. The building is located on a former surface mine site.

Alpha Resources invests $23 Million in Julian: In late June, 2013 Alpha Resources opened its 136,000 square foot Running Right Leadership Academy in Julian, the first of its kind. This facility will be a world-class center for mine safety and training and development. Cost of the project is $23 Million. Click here to read more >

New Welcome Center: In 2009, the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreational Trails Authority opened a new Welcome Center-Retail Facility on Corridor G (Robert C. Byrd Expressway). The Boone County Community and Economic Development Office, working with U.S. Congressman Nick Joe Rahall II, secured the property for the Welcome Center from the WV Department of Highways, and the Boone County Commissionís maintenance department constructed the rustic wooden building. The facility maintains a visitor friendly atmosphere where tourists can purchase trail permits, souvenirs and get information on points of interest in Boone County and southern West Virginia. All souvenirs sold on line are shipped all over the country from the Boone County facility. The Center has a manager and four Customer Service Representatives. The Hatfield-McCoy Trails Regional Recreational Trails system is rated the No. 1 managed trails system in the Eastern United States.

Small Business Assistance: In 2010, The Boone County Community and Economic Development Office implemented a new program to assist small business start ups and entrepreneurs with financial plan assistance, contact information to access capital and to provide community resources available for entrepreneurial development. The Boone County Community and Economic Development Officeís objective is to provide another economic development tool that will assist and better prepare Boone Countyís communities to help meet the needs of existing and prospective entrepreneurs. A small business coordinator was hired to assist new business start-upís and to conduct workshops in conjunction with the state and federal Small Business Assistance Center. This project led to Boone County attaining Certified Business Location status, another tool for economic and community development.

Boone County Parks and Recreation Expansion:
The Boone County Development Office is working with the Boone County Commission and Boone County Parks and Recreation to develop property at WaterWays Theme Park at Julian for a major recreational project, which will include ball fields, walking and nature trail and hiking areas, an Amphitheater, and a proposed Sports and Youth Complex. A $60,000 Recreational Trails Program grant was awarded to the Commission to develop a walking trail and 5-K trail at WaterWays, and a $50,000 Community Partnership Grant was approved to build and pave a 1,000 foot two-lane road leading to the future development site. The Parks Board has hired an architectural firm with landscape experience to design the new facilities.


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