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Putnam town hall meeting set for Nov. 5

Nov. 01, 2013 @ 03:10 PM

CHARLESTON -- West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey will host a town hall meeting in Putnam County at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the public meeting room of the Putnam County Courthouse, 3389 Winfield Road, Winfield. The public is encouraged to attend.

"Putnam County has experienced a huge increase in population in recent years and decades, and that growth, while positive, has resulted in some unexpected challenges for the county, local communities and the citizens who call it home," Morrisey said in a news release. "My goal is to listen to local residents about the challenges they see and the roadblocks they encounter when trying to either grow or start a business, add employees or expand the economy."

Since 1990, the population in Putnam County has grown from just over 43,000 to more than 56,000. The county's population has grown by more than 7 percent since 2000, making it one of the state's fastest growing counties.

"Economic growth is not a Democrat versus Republican issue, and helping to expand Putnam County's economy should not be a partisan issue, either," Morrisey said. "That's why we hope everyone will come to these town hall meetings to share thoughts, ideas and concerns they have."

The town hall meeting is part of a statewide listening tour the Office of the Attorney General announced earlier this year. Morrisey has hosted more than 20 town hall meetings in counties throughout the state. During those events, he's answered questions and talked with citizens about how the Office can play a role in improving West Virginia's business climate.

"I will take any necessary action to help move our economy forward, as West Virginians cannot afford for our state to fall further behind," Morrisey said in the release. "The Attorney General possesses the legal power -- through both legal opinions and legal actions -- to significantly improve West Virginia's business and regulatory climate, and my ultimate goal is to help West Virginia reach its economic potential."

Individuals interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP by contacting the Office at 304-558-2021 or by e-mailing communications@wvago.gov.

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