Chairman Andy Duyck, in his next to last State of the County address, says the year starts with a strong economic base to meet big challenges.

Washington County faces big challenges in housing, transportation and water supply.

But Chairman Andy Duyck, who has been on the county board for more than two decades, says the county goes into 2017 with a strong economic base to meet them.

Duyck spoke Tuesday, April 11, at a Westside Economic Alliance breakfast in what will be his next to last state of the county address. He closed by saying he would not seek re-election when his second four-year term as chairman ends next year.

Despite his extended discussion of several issues, Duyck said the state of Washington County's economy is strong.

"In the past 12 months, we have added more than 1,000 new employers, and put more than 8,000 people to work in both public and private sectors," he said. "Our earnings today will total more than $53 million."

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