Economic development is the lifeblood of any city or community. And Wheeling is undergoing a historic and miraculous renaissance not seen in our lifetimes. The Wheeling News-Register has called it “a true turnaround” and a “rebirth.” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said “If Wheeling was a stock, I’d be buying. You can feel the energy here. You can see that sense of momentum.” But it didn’t happen by accident. As vice mayor, Chad has been leading the charge and been a key advocate for new development. He chaired the Finance Committee and plays a major role serving on the Development Committee. His efforts, and those of Wheeling City Council, have paved the way for the over half a billion dollars in public and private investment taking place.

Chad was also instrumental in pushing council to establish the Entertainment Endowment Fund for the Greater Wheeling Sports and Entertainment Authority. Formed to attract high-caliber music and entertainment acts to the city’s performing arts venues, particularly WesBanco Arena and the Capitol Theatre, the fund has already generated a positive economic impact with projections for significant future increases.

As mayor, Chad will continue to push for and support new growth, entrepreneurship, and prosperity.