Tens of thousands of Boy Scouts and their families will visit West Virginia every year because the new home of the Scouts' National Jamboree is in Fayette County. That is excellent news for the state's economy, both directly and indirectly.
Some tax incentives already have been provided to help the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, where the Jamboree and many other activities will be held. But because the reserve is a tax-exempt charity, state law allows its facilities to be leased only to other non-profit groups.
Allowing the Reserve to lease facilities to businesses could help both the Scouts and the state. In the long run, it would enhance the Reserve's economic development muscle.
State legislators should be prepared to allow West Virginia voters to approve a change in the rule on leasing.