An Excellent Location
Although Harrison County's population is a modest 15,856 people as measured in the 2000 U. S. Census, the county is convenient to major population centers throughout the region. More than 11 million people reside within 125 miles of the county seat, and more than half of the nation's population resides within 500 miles of Harrison County.
Our retail and industrial markets, as well as much of the service industry and industrial support facilities, are in place to meet your every need. Colleges and universities are well positioned in and near the county. Within the State of Ohio there are six "Edison Resource Centers" to assist in product development and production.
Harrison County has an ample, well trained labor force, instilled with a deep and positive work ethic. The county has a rural quality of life that features a safe and attractive atmosphere, with friendly and helpful neighbors.
While we take pride in our rural setting, we are within a short distance of social and cultural facilities in the nearby major urban centers of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Columbus. The Upper Ohio Valley has its share of social, cultural, and recreational facilities as well.
With 20,000 acres of public hunting land, more than 4,200 acres of public lakes, and more than 100 miles of public trails; hunting, camping, bicycling, and hiking opportunities abound in Harrison County. Excellent fishing, boating, and other water sports are offered at the county's three Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Lakes.
SERVICES AVAILABLE IN HARRISON COUNTY
Harrison offers a full-range of facilities and services necessary to conduct a complete range of business and industrial activities.
Harrison County Rural Transit provides services for Harrison County residents requiring transportation to employment and for medical appointments within the county or anywhere within a 300 mile radius.
There is an Employment Shuttle which provides transportation for residents who work within the county or surrounding counties. Scheduling is designed to meet the needs of employers and residents who work shifts.
The Shopper Shuttle travels to New Philadelphia, Steubenville, and St. Clairsville weekly, allowing residents access to shopping centers in bordering counties.
The Dial-A-Ride program is a demand response system traveling within the county only.
ELECTRICAL POWER AND NATURAL GAS
Most of Harrison County is served with electrical power by the Ohio Power Company, although South Central Power Company (REA) serves an area in the south and central portion of the county.
Natural gas service is provided through most of Harrison County by Columbia Gas of Ohio, with a portion of the county served by East Ohio Gas Company, an independent supplier.
TELEPHONE AND CELLULAR SERVICE
All of Harrison County, receives telephone service from Verizon, except the Hopedale area, which is served by ALLTEL Ohio Inc. and a small area in the western portion of the county which is served by Ameritech.
Harrison County is provided with cellular telephone coverage through Cellular One and ALLTEL Cellular.
WATER AND SANITARY SEWER SERVICE
All of the county's villages provide water service to their residents, with a number of areas adjacent to municipalities served through independent systems which purchase water from the village systems. Many of the local communities have upgraded their water treatment plants, with others currently in the process of upgrading facilities.
Sanitary sewage treatment plants and collection systems are provided by the villages of Bowerston, Cadiz, Hopedale, Jewett, and Scio. Collection and treatment facilities are in the planning stages for the Tappan Lake/Deersville region.
Harrison Community Hospital, located on U. S. 250 on the east end of Cadiz is a 50-bed facility that offers a wide range of medical services, both in-patient and out-patient, including 24-hour emergency room services. Specialized care is available locally and at a number of nearby hospitals in the Wheeling, Steubenville and Pittsburgh areas, as well as Martins Ferry, Barnesville and Dennison. Clinics or outreach medical facilities are available in Freeport, Hopedale, and Scio.
Long-term nursing care facilities are located in Cadiz, Bowerston, and Hopedale.
FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
Fire and emergency medical services are provided throughout Harrison County by 12 community volunteer fire departments and emergency squads, which coordinate activities through county-wide associations.
Full service banks serving Harrison County include: Belmont National Bank, Cadiz; National City Bank, Cadiz; Firstar Bank, Hopedale; Wheeling National Bank, Freeport; and Citizens Bank, Jewett. Equitable Savings and Loan Co. is a local financial institution located in Cadiz.
SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL
Permits have been received from the Ohio EPA to construct a large solid waste landfill near Cadiz. Construction has begun on a limited capacity facility. When in full operation, the facility will be capable of accepting up to 5,000 tons of solid waste daily.
Waste Management Inc. operates a construction and demolition debris landfill near Adena, only a few miles into neighboring Jefferson County. WMI also has made application to the EPA for a permit to install a solid waste landfill adjacent to the construction and demolition disposal facility.
Harrison County is served by a weekly newspaper, the Harrison News-Herald, which publishes each Monday and more frequently on the internet. The county also is served by the County Post, a daily electronic newspaper which publishes a paper version bi-weekly.
Additional newspaper coverage and circulation is provided by papers located in Martins Ferry, Steubenville, New Philadelphia and Wheeling. Each publishes daily and Sunday editions.
Television stations located in Wheeling and Steubenville provide coverage throughout Eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. Signals also reach Harrison County from several Pittsburgh television stations and from Ohio University Public Television. Cable television service is available throughout Harrison County except in sparsely-populated areas. Local access service is planned for implementation in the near future.
Numerous radio stations, both AM and FM, are heard in Harrison County, transmitting from the Steubenville, Wheeling and New Philadelphia areas, as well as stations from Pittsburgh. National Public Radio programming is provided through broadcast services of Ohio University, Kent State University, and West Virginia Public Radio.