Interstate 70 Warrants Economic Growth

by Brittany Shannon on October 20, 2010 at 5:12 am

If you build it, they will come, and so goes the Interstate which has brought many businesses and economic growth to Ohio.

Avon and the Dollar General are just a couple examples, but President of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce, Tom Poorman says much of the economic development can be attributed to Interstate 70 cutting through Muskingum County and the City of Zanesville and the 12,000 trucks that travel the roadway daily.

"The Interstate is definitely an economic engine for the community. It’s critical to the businesses that are already here. It’s critical to our ability to attract new businesses. It really has an enormous impact in a lot of different ways," says Poorman.

Having a major roadway in Muskingum County makes it attractive for business to locate here, which Poorman says, means jobs.

"We can reach a very high percentage of the United States population and major business markets throughout the Eastern half of the U.S. all because of Interstate 70."

The Ohio Department of Transportation is holding a meeting Thursday that will allow local business owners to talk about their usage of the Interstate, and its growing importance to push Ohio forward.

The event which is open to the public will take place at 1:00 p.m. at the Zanesville Muskingum County Welcome Center.