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Downtown PKB holds annual meeting

Every year in February, Downtown PKB holds our annual board of directors meeting. This meeting brings together our board, members of our Partner Program and sponsors from our 2019 events to hear about the accomplishments of the previous year to and plans for the current year. The meeting was held at the Parkersburg Art Center and was kicked off by Bill Niday, vice president of Downtown PKB board, with a brief business meeting. Following the business meeting, Wendy Shriver, executive director of Downtown PKB, gave a summary of the year’s events and recognized the sponsors of their events, as well as acknowledging their Champion level Partners in attendance. She also announced the winners of the Spirit of Downtown awards and presented the winners with plaques. The awards and winners were:

Spirit of Downtown Person of the Year Award, sponsored by the Parkersburg Area Jaycees, awarded to Stacy DeCicco, executive director of the United Way of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Spirit of Downtown Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Peoples Bank, was awarded to Marvin Edwards, owner of Maka Mia Pizza Downtown Parkersburg.

Spirit of Downtown Curb Appeal Award, sponsored by the Wood County Solid Waste Authority, was awarded to Community Bank.

Making a Difference award, also sponsored by the Wood County Solid Waste Authority, was awarded to the Downtown Ambassadors, organized by the staff of the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The speaker for the evening was Brandon Gress, executive director of Wood County Society. Brandon spoke about his organizations recent move to downtown Parkersburg and the many ways it has benefited the Wood County Society. The move has provided them more visibility, allowed them more space to open their Artbeat Studio and make new community connections that were not available before due to being located in downtown Parkersburg. He thanked everyone for welcoming them to the neighborhood. The evening concluded with a buffet-style menu prepared by Maka Mia Pizza Downtown Parkersburg, and a social time.

Many thanks to everyone who attended our annual meeting. You give in so many ways to Downtown PKB, and your continued support is invaluable. Thank you to the community for attending our events and supporting downtown Parkersburg. We are looking forward to another successful event season and hope to see you there.

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. 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.

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

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