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Friday, October 31, 2014

Carroll County Weighing Future With Discussions About Development

From the Canton Repository:
Carroll County’s economic future was up for debate Thursday night, as residents and public officials, past and present, questioned the county’s development strategy. 
Since Utica Shale drilling started in the county, leaders have looked for ways to turn cash from the boom into long-term, sustainable development. 
Central to the discussion at Carrollton High School was the Northern Corridor project, which would extend water and sewer lines 11 miles from Malvern to Carrollton at a cost of $15 million, and upgrade parts of state Routes 43, 171 and 9 for another $6.92 million. 
Without improving its infrastructure and quality of life, the county won’t be able to attract new businesses, said Aaron Dodds, the county’s economic development director. 
The Northern Corridor improvements would be paid for by a private developer working in a partnership with the county, he said. In return, the county would give up sole decision-making authority on the project.
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