MOV Regional Council considers move

PARKERSBURG – The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council is considering a change in location.

The council is looking into moving its downtown Parkersburg headquarters, but Executive Director Carol Jackson said the move is in its earliest stages.

“Other than knowing we need more space and need to start looking, we really aren’t very far,” she said Friday.

The offices at 513 Market St. are too small, Jackson said. The agency employs 17 people and has workers in satellite offices in neighboring counties.

“Most of those people work out of their homes,” she said.

The council owns a building in Mineral Wells, but that location likely would not suit its needs, Jackson said.

“It’s geared more toward light manufacturing. It’s not an office space,” she said.

Potential sites likely will be identified by this fall.

“We would hope that within the next two years we would be within another location,” Jackson said.

The move could open up space for more economic development in downtown Parkersburg, Mayor Bob Newell said .

“It would open it up to small business or retail,” he said.

The planned opening of a culinary school by West Virginia University at Parkersburg on Market Street near that location could act as a draw for a business, Newell said.

“I think that will again pique some more interest in the downtown area,” he said.