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Downtown PKB recognized as 2020 Main Street America Affiliate

PARKERSBURG – Downtown PKB has been designated an Affiliate Main Street America program, officials said Friday.

Main Street America each year recognizes affiliate programs for creating positive change in downtowns and commercial districts using the Main Street Approach for preservation-based economic development and community revitalization.

Downtown PKB’s performance is evaluated by the West Virginia Main Street Program, which works with Main Street America to identify local programs committed to comprehensive revitalization and achieving meaningful community outcomes.

“Being recognized as an Affiliate Main Street America program validates all the hard work that our organization’s board members, committee members and staff put into being the catalyst of change for the downtown,” Wendy Shriver, executive director of Downtown PKB, said.

Main Street America Affiliate programs advance local economies and improve the social and cultural life of their downtowns, according to Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center.

“Their hard work to is truly powerful,” Frey said. “Especially during these difficult times, these Main Street programs will be crucial to strengthening their economies and ensuring their downtowns remain vibrant in the years to come.”

In 2019 alone, $6.45 billion of public and private reinvestment was generated, 6,466 net new businesses were opened, 32,316 net new jobs were created, and 10,412 buildings were rehabilitated in Main Street America communities.

Downtown PKB, a Main Street Community, is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization created to promote downtown Parkersburg, foster economic opportunity and create community vitality.

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