Study Shows Jamboree Supports Jobs

Construction of a permanent home for the national Boy Scout Jamboree has pumped nearly $170 million in income into the southern West Virginia economy over the past four years, according to an economic-impact report released Monday. The report says about $121 million went directly into the community, while another $48 million was an indirect result of construction spending moving through the community. It also says the Summit Bechtel Reserve near Oak Hill has supported an average of 848 jobs between 2010 and 2013, mostly in the construction industry. Those jobs helped boost local employment indirectly, mainly affecting the utility, restaurant and health care industries. The Jamboree is drawing about 50-thousand people and runs through July 24th. During that time, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the Jamboree will briefly be the state's third-largest city.