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July 14, 2011 - Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce
You really do need to attend a Chamber Board Meeting to get a good idea of all the activity going on in Wetzel County these days. The board meetings are the last Wednesday of each month at 8AM in room 110 at West Virginia Northern Community College New Martinsville Campus. Expect to spend a couple of hours because of all the progress being reported!

In June, there were two more ribbon cuttings in New Martinsville - ADTA located on the 3rd floor of the Florentine Arts Building and Enterprise located at the corner of Rt. 2 and McEldowney Avenue. The Business After Hours was held at Florentine Arts and afterwards was one of their open mike events and it was a lot of fun and very entertaining. This is a wonderful venue for local talent and an enjoyable free evening of entertainment that the entire family can enjoy.

The mystery shopper program has ended and the businesses that participated should receive the results by the end of August. To see what events your businesses might be interested in, please contact the Chamber office at 304-455-3825 or visit the website at wetzelcountychamber.com.

The prototype for the membership directory is in the process of editing and will be available soon. The Community Engagement committee has already began work on the Quality of Life brochure for Wetzel County.

Valley Ventures is a free service in Wetzel County (paid by your Chamber of Commerce) for anyone that is thinking of starting a business or expanding an existing business. They are currently working on a Master Plan for development in New Martinsville with the goal of expanding the program to the rest of the county. The aerial photos have been completed and the Master Plan will be unveiled to the executive committee of the Chamber in July. The Economic Growth Committee is also working on a synopsis of the Fact Book to be used in marketing to businesses interested in locating in Wetzel County.

The CVB and the Chamber will be purchasing recyclable shopping bags to be used as welcome bags for The Good Sams and The Camp-o-ree that are both being held at the 4-H Camp in September. We will be canvassing local businesses for items to include in the bags to further promote Wetzel County. As a business owner, you could purchase a promotional item to advertise your business to the visitors or include coupons to entice a visit to your establishment. These bags are being considered also as a new form of "welcome basket" for individuals that move into our county. The current count is over 200 campers arriving in September - what a wonderful opportunity to promote all that we have to offer!!! The CVB also commented on the unveiling of the historical marker near the wharf in New Martinsville. This project was researched and submitted by Denise Tackett and approved the the State of WV.

Riverfront Development Committee has finalized plans for the upcoming Festival of Memories and it promises to be another fun-filled event. Work had been progressing at the site for the new Firemen's Park but there are a few details still to be ironed out.

Paden City Development Authority reported on a new endeavor for Paden City Revitalization that will focus on the Park, the Industrial Park, and Main Street. Alumni Weekend was to be held over the 4th of July weekend. Paden City is offering free music in the park on Thursday evenings with the first one held on June 30th. Paden City has also contracted with Valley Ventures for their own Master Plan for redevelopment.

At the beginning of the board meeting, Dana Myslinsky reported on the Vista Program. Dana works in the Vista program and the Chamber recently selected her father, Tom, as the Vista for the Chamber of Commerce per a Benedum Grant. Vista actually started in Appalachia in WV in the 1960's and is a legacy from the Kennedy/Johnson administration. She polled the chamber board member on what they see as "poverty of spirit" issues in Wetzel County and among the items identified were: non-awareness of poverty (it seems hidden); lack of youth engagement; pride of where you came from; verbal skills; self-worth; health issues related to poverty; and of course, lack of jobs. It was an interesting presentation on the purpose of the Vista program and how we can link our Economic Development to addressing poverty in Wetzel County.

Okay, there is a whole lot going on all over the county! If you have a committee that you believe fits in well with what the Chamber has been doing or if you are an individual interested in any of the above topics please call the Chamber office so we can get you involved or get your committee on the agenda of the board meeting. We have many committees working together to enhance economic development and tourism in Wetzel County and by working in conjunction with one another we eliminate the duplication of efforts. There is plenty to do and room enough for everyone!

 
 

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