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Downtown PKB receives award

PARKERSBURG – A project proposed by Downtown PKB is among the award recipients announced Friday by Main Street West Virginia through the Governor’s Main Street and ON TRAC programs.

Also, Carrie Nesselrode, former executive director of Downtown PKB, was named the ON TRAC Community Volunteer of the Year for the city of Parkersburg.

Downtown PKB will receive $2,000 for a project promoting storefronts in downtown Parkersburg, Executive Director Wendy Shriver said.

The organization, which promotes and encourages development and beautification, will undertake a pilot project starting at the Downtown Center of West Virginia University at Parkersburg on Market Street, Shriver said.

The Downtown Storefront Program will involve the construction of a display that will show what the storefront could look like, Shriver said.

“We’re hoping to begin by the first of July,” she said.

The project was announced in April and is a collaboration of Downtown PKB, the city of Parkersburg Development Office and West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

The aim is to enhance storefronts to improve the downtown curb appeal. The program will start at the Downtown Center at 705 and 709 Market St.

An awards ceremony was held Thursday at the Culture Center in Charleston. The program recognized the achievements of the state’s 14 accredited Main Street groups and 11 ON TRAC communities.

At Main Street Ripley, Sally Blessing has been named Board Member of the Year. Business Persons of the Year were Maryann and Gordon Rhodes of the Country Rhodes Bed and Breakfast.

Ripley Mayor Carolyn Rader was named Local Public Official of the Year. Volunteer of the Year is Sandra Dorton and Teen Volunteers of the Year were Victoria Anderson and Zach Parsons.

The award ceremony was attended by Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, wife of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, and Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette.

Nesselrode became executive director of Downtown PKB in 2012 when the agency was created. She resigned in October and was named director of sales and marketing for the Blennerhassett Hotel.

Among initiatives undertaken by Downtown PKB while Nesselrode was executive director are the agency took over the Taste of Parkersburg and the Point Park Concert Series.