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Downtown PKB thanks beautification sponsors

City beautification is important for a variety of reasons. Not only does it make a downtown area and city streets and centers more welcoming to the community, but it also increases tourism, has a positive effect on property values and has been linked to a decreased crime rate. Urban planning and development often include looking for ways to keep cities and towns safer and appealing to tourists.

Our efforts over the past six years have inspired a movement of like-minded individuals working behind the scenes to begin the transformation, with the addition of decorative banners and gateway signage, public art installations with our selfie stations, and many other projects and events for the downtown community.

Last week the staff from Greenscape Landscape Co. and Butcher Family Farms installed our new flower baskets on Market Street. The flowers will be maintained this summer by Jimmy Dickson at Greenscape through financial support from our Partner Program. Each sponsor sign was handmade by the artists from the Artbeat Studio at the Wood County Society. Downtown PKB would like to thank all of our basket sponsors for stepping up to help make this project possible:

* Crown Florals & Gifts

* Atkinson Bonding

* In Honor of Jake Lockhart

* Tom Joyce

* Artsbridge

* Silverheels Property Management of WV, LLC

* Community Bank

* WesBanco

* United Bank

* Larry and Rachel Johnson

* Bob Wright, Warfield Realty, LLC

* Be-ach Bunnies

* Kuraray America, Inc.

* Berkshire Hathaway

* Straight Up Tree Service

* Napoli’s

* PACF in honor of health care workers

* WVUP Foundation

* RVP Properties, LLC

* MEPB AC

* Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus

* The Blennerhassett Hotel

* McHappy’s

* Bernard McDonough Foundation

* PACF in honor of service workers

* Michael & Sheryl Watson

* Simmons Insurance/Michael Simmons

* Lindsey & Brett Piersol

* Jan Dils Attorney at Law

* Hall Financial

* Hughes Properties

* Wood County Society

* Maka Mia Pizza

In addition, we would also like to thank those individuals and businesses that stepped up to participate in our Adopt-a-Pot program:

* WesBanco

* Be-ach Bunnies

* Maka Mia Pizza

* Warehouse Church

* Lubeck Acres Garden Club

* NOE Office Equipment

* Balanced Solutions

* United Way Alliance of the MOV

* Schrader Youth Ballet Co.

* CVB of Parkersburg

* Actors Guild of Parkersburg

* GFWC Parkersburg Women’s Club

* Parkersburg Winterfest Royalty

* Bernard McDonough Foundation

Finally, our organization is working to install new decorative pole banners with new artwork from an artist at the Wood County Society and will be installed in the coming weeks to complement our new flower baskets.

For more information on these projects, how to sponsor a project or volunteer with our organization, check out our events on our Facebook page or our website.

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Wendy L. Shriver is the executive director of Downtown PKB.

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