"The region has been trying to retool its economy for years, but with limited success," Portnoy writes. "In the shadow of East River Mountain, Tazewell County spent $13.5 million to prepare a 680-acre business and technology park called Bluestone. A wide boulevard lined with lamp posts still waits for the high-paying jobs to appear."
"Many locals also question the economic benefit of a wind farm, noting that federal subsidies for developing renewable energy are a motivating force for Dominion—but not necessarily one that will translate into longterm jobs or prosperity for the region," Portnoy writes. "An independent report said the project could generate $10 million in economic development dollars over 20 years."