Downtown PKB ribbon cutting, open house scheduled

The community is invited to attend a joint ribbon cutting and open house at the offices of the Wood County Economic Development and Downtown PKB, Parkersburg’s Main Street Community. The event will be held from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday in our new office space at 400 Market Street, Parkersburg (previously the offices of the Erikson Foundation). A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 3:15 p.m. and will be conducted by the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Come see what we’ve been up to, tour our new space, meet our new staff and connect with staff you may not have seen in a while. There will also be light refreshments to enjoy. Help us celebrate the wonderful changes that have taken place and update the community about projects we are working.

“Sharing office space with the Wood County Economic Development Office allows us to collaborate together on initiatives, bounce ideas off of each other and coordinate our efforts on projects,” says Wendy Shriver, executive director of Downtown PKB. Lindsey Piersol also serves on Downtown PKB’s board of directors and currently serves as the chairman of the board and chairs of the Downtown Development Committee.

“We are excited to welcome members and friends to our new location with street frontage in downtown Parkersburg. Downtown PKB and Wood County Economic Development have had and continue to have a strong relationship. Working together on projects relating to Downtown Parkersburg happens frequently and sharing office space allows us to minimize costs and maximize our efforts”, said Lindsey Piersol, Executive Director of WCED. “Additionally, we wanted a space with ground floor access so we are easily accessible to all… this space checked all of our boxes.”

Downtown PKB promotes downtown Parkersburg, fosters economic opportunity and creates community vitality. The goal is to create a vibrant commercial district that will provide downtown businesses, workers and nearby residents with the goods and services they need, as well as create educational, entertainment and tourism opportunities.

The Wood County Economic Development Office is an organization dedicated to recruiting new businesses to the Wood County area as well as working with existing businesses to grow here and stay here. Whether you’re looking for a new property, need to know about available loan or grant programs or simply need help with things like social media or a business plan, our office is an information resource to you.

For more information on this event or about our organizations, call Downtown PKB at 304-865-0522 or the Wood County Economic Development Office at 304-422-5650.


Jessica Strickler is the Events and Marketing Manager for Downtown PKB.