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Report: W.Va. scout park supports 850 jobs a year

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- A new economic-impact report says construction of a permanent home for the national Boy Scout Jamboree has pumped nearly $170 million in income into southern West Virginia over four years.

The report by SYNEVA Economics of Asheville, N.C., says $121 million went directly into the community. Another $48 million was an indirect result of construction spending.

It also says the Summit Bechtel Reserve near Oak Hill has supported an average of 848 jobs between 2010 and 2013, mostly in construction. That helped boost employment in the utility, restaurant and health care industries.

People are already arriving for the first jamboree to be held in West Virginia. It runs through July 24.

But Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the economic payoff isn't over. He anticipates expansions for the 2019 world jamboree.

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