|“Lo and behold, as we’ve added greatness into our parks over the last four years, we’ve started exploding with business,” Gov. Justice said.
DNR Director McDaniel announced that, under the Justice Administration, major improvement projects have now been completed or started at every state park in West Virginia.
“Since Governor Justice took office, we’ve been able to invest $100 million into improving our state parks in just the last four years and I think that’s just incredible and we’re seeing the results of that investment,” Director McDaniel said. “In the month of August alone, we had 529,000 vehicles visit our state parks at an average of 3.2 people per car. That’s almost the equivalent of the entire population of West Virginia visiting our state parks in just one month, and that momentum all started with the Governor. Under his direction we’ve been able to do a lot of great work.”
“Governor Justice is the most unbelievable advocate for the tourism industry that West Virginia has ever had,” Commissioner Ruby said. “I do lots of calls with my colleagues in other states and West Virginia is the envy of all of those states.
“For too long, we didn’t have the support to market ourselves properly,” Ruby continued. “Today, not only are we reaching people, but we’re also doing the part that’s even harder; we’re building up the infrastructure,” Commissioner Ruby said. “These parks haven’t had the money to invest in improvements in years. And now, just think about what $100 million is going to bring to these parks for West Virginians to enjoy every day.”
“I truly believe that we need to be proud of who we are as West Virginians and where we come from,” Gov. Justice said. “If you just step back and look around, you see how fabulous and beautiful our state is. Then you add on top of that that we have the greatest people and the greatest resources anywhere, we’re a rock’s throw away from two-thirds of the population of this country, we have the most unbelievable seasons and the most unbelievable beauty. Who wouldn’t want to come here?”