Vienna added companies, kept population in 2021

VIENNA, West Virginia (WTAP) – Like almost every other city, Vienna has had to continue to grapple with the effects of the pandemic.

But there were also good things in 2021. Among them, the addition of new businesses and the replacement of businesses that closed in 2020. This includes the opening of new stores in the mall.

And while new census figures show neighboring towns, as well as the states of West Virginia and Ohio, have lost their populations over the past decade, there has been only minimal loss. inhabitants of Vienna.

“For us, staying stable at a time when there are a lot of people leaving, that says a lot for us,” said Mayor Randy Rapp. “It says a lot about our school system, it says a lot about the things we have going on. We haven’t lost a lot of people. I am very happy with it.

Mayor Rapp is also grateful for the $ 2.2 million in Recovery Act money the city received this year. But he adds that it won’t go very far to meet the city’s infrastructure needs.

Vienna is planning improvements to River Road, however, where many of the city’s water wells are located.

The mayor would also like to thank the city workers, including the public works employees, who worked hard throughout the year.

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