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Non-Profit Logos Can Grace New NM Signs

By Staff | Jan 27, 2010

The committee overseeing New Martinsville’s new welcome signs is inviting non-profit groups to place their logo signs on the new structures. Pictured from left are committee members Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce President Don Riggenbach, Mayor Lucille Blum, WVU Extension Agent Mindy Mall, Chamber Office Manager Qulia Utt, and Commissioner Don Mason. Not pictured is Earl Yost. (Photo by ?Miranda Stokes)

Non-profit groups are now welcome to put their logo-under the sign committee’s approval and specifications-on the welcome signs at the northern and southern entrances to New Martinsville.

The committee, made up of Mayor Lucille Blum, WVU Extension Agent Mindy Mall, Commissioner Don Mason, Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce President Don Riggenbach, and Earl Yost, has been writing letters to as many of these entities as possible.

Only non-profit organizations are eligible for a sign. The cost is $40 for a five-year period which covers the cost of maintenance including landscape upkeep, lighting, and general property management. The sign must fit a two-foot by two-foot space and composed of metal or plastic covered with a metal facing. For more information or to pick up an application contact Blum at 304-455-2882 or the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce office at 304-455-3825.

The signs are the product of a $500 Flex-E grant to the city from the chamber to implement some of the recommendations from the report submitted by teams of First Impressions.

First Impressions is a WVU Extension program that provides a fresh, unbiased perspective that can help a community learn about its strengths and weaknesses as seen through the eyes of first-time visitors. The visitors pose as prospective business owners, tourists, shoppers, potential residents, etc. and explore the residential, retail, and industrial areas. Appearance, access to services, and friendliness are among the community characteristics the visitors evaluate.

Mall assists many counties with this program. For approximately four years she has been writing Flex-E grants to fund projects the Chamber of Commerce has been implementing. The First Impressions program was completed in all four municipalities in Wetzel County in the fall of 2007 utilizing a West Virginia Development Office Flex-E grant. New Martinsville’s report was presented to the citizens of New Martinsville on Aug. 27, 2007.

Out of that endeavor, the city and the chamber formed a committee to research what to do with the information from the report. One common comment on the reports was that the old brick welcome signs were attractive, but the many smaller signs around it were distracting and displeasing to the eye. Committee members decided to erect new welcome signs at the north and south entrances to New Martinsville. The signs were impressively built by Yost. The sign at the south-end of town located on state Route 2/Harlan Drive is installed completely; the north-end sign will be installed soon.

In addition to those already mentioned, the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce would also like to recognize and thank Chesapeake Energy, PPG, Bayer, and the USA Foundation as contributors to this project.