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Jamestown’s role as a hub undeniable

Jamestown's role as a hub of business and services for the region is undeniable. A lot of things have combined to make Jamestown a hub for the surrounding region. Some have been the result of hard work. Others have just been handed to us to utilize.

Jamestown’s role as a hub of business and services for the region is undeniable. A lot of things have combined to make Jamestown a hub for the surrounding region. Some have been the result of hard work. Others have just been handed to us to utilize.

Jamestown received the mainline of a major railroad almost at birth with the construction of the Northern Pacific in 1873. The intersection of U.S. Highway 52/281 and Interstate 94 came about in the 1950s providing more transportation advantages.

Still, it has taken a strong community with a drive to improve to convert those basic advantages into the hub of jobs, business and services Jamestown has become.

No one sector of the community stands alone.

The local medical community has grown to provide a choice of clinics and a regional hospital that was updated in 2010 to meet the needs of the area for decades to come.

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Economic development officials have created industrial parks that process agricultural goods grown in the region into finished products like malt and ethanol that can be shipped around the world.

These efforts also bring jobs that provide lives for families not only in Jamestown but around the region.

And Jamestown offers retail options that draw people from around the region. This area may have suffered a notable setback with the closing of JCPenney, and we can certainly use more shopping, but it is still a vital and vibrant sector of the local and regional economy.

Jamestown will continue to grow as a hub for the region. The synergy of new manufacturing and stores often brings additional business to an area. Jamestown just needs to keep striving to take advantage of the opportunities it has.

Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board.

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