Brochure Highlights County
On Sept. 7 Sandy Hunt met with the Wetzel County Commission on behalf of the Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau to present the recently printed tourism brochures. The brochures, created by members of the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce’s Community Involvement Committee, have been distributed throughout the county and to every West Virginia tourism center as well as to travel editors from newspapers in West Virginia and surrounding states. “We are all working in a cooperative effort,” Hunt said as she listed the many local organizations and individuals who helped make the Wetzel County CVB and its brochure possible. Hunt mentioned help and cooperation from the city, the county historical society, and the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce. Community Involvement members who worked with Hunt include Steve Fox, Fran Caldwell, Bob Miller, and Denise Tackett.
Hunt stated that according to the West Virginia Economic Impact Survey, tourism brings $12 million a day to West Virginia. The brochure focuses on camping, nature, and parks and recreation opportunities in Wetzel County through text and beautiful photographs. Divided into geographical communities within the county, the brochure lists all of its many fairs and festivals by month. The brochure also features sightseeing suggestions on many routes such as the East Wetzel Rail Trail on state Route 250, the Howell Grist Mill on state Route 7, and County Road 17 that passes through Hoyt Forest. Other informational notes include lodging, shopping, and dining options as well as a brief history of Wetzel County. “We wanted a quality brochure and I hope that is what we’ve given you,” said Hunt.
Located in the Wetzel County Historical Society’s museum on Main Street, the Wetzel County CVB operates in the building while maintaining the museum. Their next project is renovating the museum, working to preserve the building to be compatible with how it looked in the 1900s when it was first built. Hunt also mentioned the CVB recently received a generous donation of catalogued insects native to Wetzel County to be added to the museum.
The Wetzel County CVB is currently building a Web site, www.wetzelcvb.org, which will include the information found on the brochures and also link to the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce Web site. In the near future the Web site will also contain a virtual tour of the county. Other plans for the Wetzel County CVB include offering classes within the next year. “There’s a lot we can do,” Hunt underlined. The commission thanked Hunt and everyone involved in getting the county CVB up and running and noted how glad they were to see the cooperation between all those involved.
Also present at this week’s commission meeting was Rosemary Guida of the Northern Panhandle Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (NPWIB, Inc.). Guida met to inform the commission on workforce investments allotted for 2010 as of July 1. Specifically, Guida presented facts and figures on this year’s Summer Youth Work Experience Program.
In Wetzel County nine organizations signed on to the program, totaling 96 positions for youth workers. Guida did note that this year was particularly tough, stating 65 workers were lost from the very beginning or throughout the program. “They just didn’t want to work, I guess,” Guida lamented. But overall, the program went very well and there were no injuries. The commission commended the youth workers who performed many functions on the 4-H grounds, noting the great and thorough work that was done on the property. In past years the age span for the program was 14-24. Guida noted such an age span left far too big a gap and informed the commission that next year the program will be open to 14- to 21-year-olds.