In December of 2007, the Belmont County Commission, consisting of Commissioners Probst, Longshaw and myself, created the Belmont County Transportation District(TID). It was a proactive approach on our part to help foster and further economic development in Belmont County. The county, in conjunction with the City of St. Clairsville and the Richland Township Trustees, joined forces to create the TID. The Board's sole intent was to increase collaboration with local partner jurisdictions, along with other county, regional, state and federal agencies to implement a regional approach to transportation improvements in Belmont County. Under Ohio law, a TID is an entity to bring local government units together as one to share powers, create revenues to fund and build transportation projects and associated facilities.