Doddridge EDA
New Residents 2010

United States

#1 Jul 7, 2010
I just moved into the area and did some research about the Doddridge Co. EDA since my husband and I had a business idea or two that I could handle while he settles into his new position in Clarksburg. I can't believe what I've found but before I cast judgment and doubt I thought I'd ask the locals whats up with this? I know Topix can produce some lame comments,it sure did back home, but if you read between the lines it can provide good grounds for further research. Do they really give out that kind of salary in Doddridge to do absolutely, positively nothing but hold meetings, take a few trips and still do NOTHING but spend more money and not help the County. Isn't the time limit for flouncing around just about up. If this is how things are done around here better keep it a secret or you'll have the snake oil salesmen and other assorted charlatans lining up on Main Street to get into the courthouse.
Quiet Observer

United States

#2 Jul 7, 2010
Are you for real? Meaning...is your "story" legit, or are you just trying to stir up crap and set people up who have their own personal opinions about this subject.(like me) LOL

Whichever the case is with you, all I can say is Doddridge County operates like nothing I've ever seen before. And it certainly gets what it deserves (which is a bunch of "wannabees, but don't know how", a network of good ol' boys -- or gals, and folks that pick up a paycheck for a lot of nothing.)

Best take your business elsewhere cause this county seems to like to employ folks who have an obvious conflict of interest, lack of confidentiality and/or ethics, and in many cases, lack of relevant skills for the jobs they are awarded because of their connections to someone on the hiring board. Happens all the time here.

Also, I've been told that outsiders who open a business in this county aren't patronized by the citizens and end up going out of business.

Try Ritchie County for a business venture. They really seem to be going places compared to good ol' Doddridge.

And, if you are not really who/what you say you are in your post, then you know just what I'm saying.
TELL IT LIKE IT IS

United States

#3 Jul 8, 2010
Makes me sick to hear people putting DC down --- but what you say is partially true ---

Business don't set up because they don't have the need for a good selection and the cost of doing business here is atrocious.

People don't spend their money here because a half an hour down the road, they can find what they want and not have to pay a huge price for it.

As for the EDA --- they are a joke --- Where are the grants to build up the county? Where are they negotiating tax breaks for new businesses to set up?

But they CAN hold their meetings at the restaurant that the director owns and spend their money there ---

Wish you luck with your businesses --- Glad that you have a primary income to support yourself while you get set up!

Since: Feb 08

Greenwood WV

#4 Jul 8, 2010
Welcome to Doddridge County from someone else who "isn't from around here".

I'm going to have to agree with Quiet Observer. Ritchie County is a better environment for a new business...unless yours will be a home business. The EDA Director there is great and they take to outsiders a little better.

How is business doing in Doddridge? I know the Greenwood Motel is full all the time now because of all the out of state oil and gas crews. She's had to hire more help. That brings money into the county. Anyone else have any first hand knowledge as to how businesses are doing?
Wolfpack

United States

#5 Jul 11, 2010
The EDA is a perfect organization - "perfectly useless, except for handing out money to cronies"
Sad Times

United States

#6 Jul 11, 2010
All i have to say is have your lips buckered up and a jar of KY JELLY !!
New Residents 2010

United States

#7 Jul 11, 2010
Thank you all. This sentiment was already displayed to me on the streets of West Union and the fact that ALL the buzz about the EDA was about the same made me wonder.Now I know for sure. Their actions (or lack thereof) almost seems criminal. From what I hear the previous EDA director took the train out of town in a hurry when his expenses were questioned. Sure sounds like a good ole boy position that gets passed around to the latest friend of the commission. When you Doddridge folk get done with the other "investigations" apparently now going on in the County maybe the EDA should be added to the list. I hate to say it but after 6 months of keeping my ear to the ground I found that there is no oversight in Doddridge County. Its like the old west around here and most people I talk to are afraid to speak out against this local secret society or corruption as they all seem to be in fear of the local "machine". The only thing I don't understand is the fear part. What can they possibly do to squelch you if you are pointing out illegal activities. How deep do the pockets go around here. If the corruption is that bad then why not takes these matters to the State Attorney General and if its that deep then (and I hate to build big government) there is a federal level if the fear of retaliation is that bad. Maybe the way to cobras head is with organizations like the IRS.

Thank you all for the Ritchie County advice, one phone call and they have stuffed my mail box full of "welcome to the county" style literature and offers to meet in person, with my husband and I instead of a come to the meeting postcard with no follow up. Mind you we are looking at a small retail business, not investing millions and they still rolled out the red carpet even with our Doddridge County home address.

I would say Doddridge had a future as a bedroom community for the Clarksburg area but it seems they don't even want that as evidenced by the response to the past attempt at building a modern apartment complex here.

Doddridge is physically a beautiful county, its what made us settle here, but the local politics or lack of open minded politics will drive us and many other settlers and investors away. Unless of course that really is the Doddridge County Master Plan.

Bless all of you forward thinking residents and the political good old boys be damned.
TELL IT LIKE IT IS

United States

#8 Jul 11, 2010
New Resident - so sorry that you have met the brick wall here --- not all of us are like and would like to see some real business be set up in the county --

A word of warning do NOT give out your business plan to anyone or you will find 3 other businesses being set up using it!

Good Luck ---
Quiet Observer

United States

#9 Jul 11, 2010
New Residents 2010 wrote:
..... I hate to say it but after 6 months of keeping my ear to the ground I found that there is no oversight in Doddridge County......

....the local politics or lack of open minded politics will drive us and many other settlers and investors away. Unless of course that really is the Doddridge County Master Plan.
New Residents 2010, you are quite astute in figuring out what this county is all about ! There is no accountability in this county because everyone who is in any position of power to do something about it, is "owned" by someone else with power and influence, and/or is a member of the good old boy network.

And, your inference that perhaps the idea of driving new folks and investors away might be part of the "Doddridge County Master Plan" ...I do tend to agree with that theory. There is a handful of "power mongers" in this county who have roots in this county that go way back, so in their minds they think they own this county. They keep a death grip on the reins of progress, prosperity, and modernization in this county. They don't want change because they are not the ones living in poverty and having no opportunity for employment in this county. They just drive into Clarksburg and Parkersburg for their social needs and retail amenities and leave their blinders on as they pass thru West Union.

Sadly, I have become the same way, though I once hoped to do some good till hitting that brick wall you mentioned. lol When I first moved here, I found the "backwardness" of Doddridge County to be quite charming in a "Mayberry" sort of way. Now I just find it a shame. Didn't take long to find out what was really going on here.

Back in the "real" world, if a person was contracted to do a job (such as the EDA or OES Director jobs) and they didn't perform, their contract was not renewed and they were booted. I see no evidence of that policy here. Folks stay in these jobs with no results and no oversight because either the "powers that be" like it that way and thus will keep renewing their contracts, or they have no backbone to tell these folks to get off their ass and do their job and produce something or get the hell out of the way!

I'm not surprised that you received a mailbox stuffed full of information and invitations from the Ritchie Co. EDA after making just one phone call. Like I said in my previous post...Ritchie County is going places and is on the ball when it comes to community revitalization. It's not just a paycheck to supplement some other endeavor.

I had high hopes that West Union could be transformed into a quaint and scenic little main street of specialty shops and eateries... a nice little jaunt off the Route 50 exit for weary travelers and for cyclists on the rail trail. A convenient place for the locals in the county to find what they need without always having to drive to Bridgeport.

Not gonna happen as long as the powers that be in this county continue the same old practices of filling jobs with folks who have connections ....not qualifications. Jobs are filled before they are even posted.

Too bad, really. It causes people like you and me to go elsewhere for commerce and entertainment and just live here for the seclusion.

Hope you find a suitable opportunity for your business.
Poor in Doddridge

Streetsboro, OH

#10 Jul 19, 2010
There may have been problems with the previous ED director, but this one is working hard to come up with something. Let's give her a chance. She at least has some good ideas. West Union is never going to get a McDonalds. Ritchie County is further away from Clarksburg or Parkersburg (access to existing McDonalds) and a better bet for chain stores.

That said, I still don't see how we elected this county commission. They aren't from the old money families in West Union. Winkum, Blinkum, and Nod are perfect names...great names from the West Union paper.
Sad Times

Clear Spring, MD

#11 Jul 19, 2010
Is that a law firm you just name ? Winkum,Blinkum and NOD!!And son's LOL
Poor in Doddridge

Streetsboro, OH

#12 Jul 19, 2010
A contributor to the West Union paper very appropriately named our comissioners: Winkum, Blinkum, and Nod. LOL
TELL IT LIKE IT IS

United States

#13 Jul 19, 2010
I have NOTHING against the EDA Director or the membership ---

BUT the Director is paid by the county and the members are appointed by the Commission and they SHOULD be following OPEN MEETING LAWS -- instead of hiding behind closed doors ---

You know, there are alot of smart people in this county and IF the meetings were open, MAYBE other people could attend and give suggestions ---
Say_What

United States

#14 Jul 27, 2010
Poor in Doddridge wrote:
There may have been problems with the previous ED director, but this one is working hard to come up with something. Let's give her a chance. She at least has some good ideas. West Union is never going to get a McDonalds. Ritchie County is further away from Clarksburg or Parkersburg (access to existing McDonalds) and a better bet for chain stores.
That said, I still don't see how we elected this county commission. They aren't from the old money families in West Union. Winkin, Blinkin, and Nod are perfect names...great names from the West Union paper.
There certainly is not enough traffic to support quota driven fast food emporiums.I'm all for giving some one a chance but two years later and nothing but salary receipts and money for studies that are ridiculous in nature is theft and deception. She has also done enough damage already by just not getting involved in or supporting other organizations efforts to promote the county or projects that might have potential that are reality based.
I'm sorry but wanting to promote tourism and then proposing to spend $750,000 on loosing sidewalk space and adding a few decorative lamps to West Union just shows how out of touch with reality this nurse/restaurateur/contractor/ lawn cutter/anti-apartment dweller EDA Director really is.
Asking for her last years salary back and to clean out her wasted office before she buys one more breakfast for her elite list of hand picked meeting clients would be a fair exchange for seeing her flounce out of town. I would say she is rape-ing the county of their funds but how can you rape the willing.
Quiet Observer

United States

#15 Jul 27, 2010
In response to "Say_What" has posted, again I suggest, as I do in many of my posts, what is lacking here is accountability. Like I said in my above post ....

"Back in the "real" world, if a person was contracted to do a job (such as the EDA or OES Director jobs) and they didn't perform, their contract was not renewed and they were booted. I see no evidence of that policy here. Folks stay in these jobs with no results and no oversight because either the "powers that be" like it that way and thus will keep renewing their contracts, or they have no backbone to tell these folks to get off their ass and do their job and produce something or get the hell out of the way! "

The citizens of this county need to get informed of the wasteful spending that is going on !!!!!!

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