What’s up at Downtown PKB?

It’s been a while since we’ve given an update on what is going on at the Downtown PKB office, so in this weekend’s article we want to bring you up to speed on what we’ve been up to the last couple of months.

At the beginning of September, we enrolled in a Nonprofits LEAD Digital Communications Accelerator class at Marietta College.

The class is taught by Andrea Shirey, owner of OneNine Design and Kristin Meeks, owner of WV Social Media Consultants and facilitated by Amy Elliott, Nonprofits LEAD Program Director at Marietta College. This is a seven-week course that focuses on nonprofit’s websites and social media accounts. The program provides training and other resources to help organizations offer a stronger, more successful online and social media presence. This has been a great learning opportunity and we have already begun implementing some of the tips we’ve learned.

At the beginning of October we attended the Wood County Economic Development (WCED) office’s annual meeting. There we reflected on and celebrated the positive changes that have occurred in Wood County over the past year. At the meeting they also introduced a new Wood County Welcome Packet, developed by both organizations, which will help new community members navigate their way through many of the processes of becoming a resident of the county. If you are interested in receiving a copy, contact their office at (304) 422-5650. Lindsey Piersol, Director of WCED and Kate Baker, Economic Development Specialist of WCED hosted a wonderful event and we are excited to see how they help to grow Wood County during this next year.

Over a week ago we supported the Parkersburg Art Center with their event called ArtOberfest. The event was a success and everyone who attended enjoyed themselves. New to the event this year was a feature called “Chalk the Block”. Over ten artists created amazing pieces of artwork with chalk the afternoon of the event. The results were unbelievable. To see pictures of the chalk art, go to our Facebook page – Downtown PKB. This event was free to attend, but donations were accepted at the entrances. Over $1800 was raised in donations and will benefit youth art programs at the Art Center. Thank you to all who attended.

Lastly, this weekend we held our annual Monster Mash event on the 400 block of Market Street. This event was an opportunity for families to participate in a fun and not so scary Halloween event. Everyone enjoyed listening to kid-friendly music throughout the evening while children trick-or-treated at vendor booths. Kids also participated in hands-on activities and games provided by the vendors. They also got to enjoy the Thrill the World dance from Brickhouse Cardio.

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting our event – The Blennerhassett Hotel, CareSource, CSL Plasma, Dupont and WVU Medicine Camden Clark, and thank you to the community business who participated as vendors to provide goodies and activities.

If you are interested in learning more about Downtown PKB or what events are coming up next, go to our website at downtownpkb.com or visit our Facebook page – Downtown PKB.


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


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