“We came to Parkersburg to visit some of the projects we have invested in. These grants are for public projects that benefit the community, like nonprofits. The main focus is to provide funding for things that improve the communities. We want to see the difference the projects have made to citizens,” said Kelly Workman with the West Virginia Department of Commerce Governor’s Community Participation Grant program.
The state officials visited the Julia-Ann Square District, Mountwood Park, the Boys and Girl’s Club, stopped by several city projects and West Virginia University.
Wood County Assessor Rich Shaffer, who lives in the Julia-Ann Historic Square, said improvements in the area have also been a boon for tourism.
“We have garden tours, Christmas tours, bus tours. Walking tour brochures are also available at the courthouse, Blennerhassett Hotel, Convention and Visitors Bureau, and in boxes at each corner of the district,” Shaffer said.
Read more coverage on the tour at the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.
Category : In The News Posted on April 10, 2010