DuPont, Joined Downtown PKB'S Partner Program

DuPont joined our Partner Program at the end of June this year. The Partner Program was designed to “help move our organization forward in terms of financial diversification and serve as a way to connect the community to our mission”, says Wendy Shriver, executive director of Downtown PKB. Interested community members and businesses of any size can become a Partner of Downtown.

DuPont is a science company dedicated to solving challenging global problems, while creating measurable and meaningful value for its customers, employees and shareholders. Their dynamic portfolio of products, materials and services meets the ever-changing market needs of diverse industries in more than 90 countries. DuPont unites around a set of core values—safety and health, environmental stewardship, highest ethical behavior and respect for people. The DuPont Washington Works site employs around 1,000 DuPont and contract employees.

We took some time to sit down with DuPont and talk about their outlook on Downtown Parkersburg and its importance to their business’s success.

Q: When you think of downtown Parkersburg, what comes to mind?

A:  Downtown Parkersburg is the heart of our community and offers many dining, shopping and entertainment options.   

Q: What interested DuPont about Downtown PKB’s Partner Program?

A:  DuPont has been a vital part of this community for almost 70 years and we proudly support the efforts of the Downtown PKB Partner Program which promotes the historic and economic redevelopment of Downtown Parkersburg.  A thriving area will retain local talent and attract new, which is what businesses need to survive.      

Q: Why is a vibrant downtown important to DuPont?

A:  A vibrant downtown portrays a strong local economy and is a measure of a community’s ability to support new dining, shopping and entertainment options.  A vibrant downtown is key to retaining existing residents and attracting new people to our community.  If we have a downtown that we enjoy hanging out in, visitors will too! 

Q: Downtown Parkersburg works to inform the community of local events and current promotions, besides that, what do you think is important for the community and surrounding communities to know about downtown Parkersburg?

A:  Downtown Parkersburg has something for everyone and people need to know the elements that make it a great place to visit.  In addition to the local events and current promotions the community and visitors should be aware of the following:

  • There is ample parking for events and dining located on Market Street and in parking lots/garages on Avery, Green, and Juilana Streets, as well as on street and metered parking.
  • Downtown Parkersburg is home to a variety of food options such as Chams Lebanese Cuisine, The Coffee Bar, Mangos, Parkersburg Brewing Co., Spats Restaurant, and many more.
  • New to downtown, there are now two hotels for guests to stay at. Guests can stay at The Blennerhassett Hotel or Towneplace Suites by Marriott.
  • If you are visiting downtown Parkersburg, the Point Park Marketplace is a great place to check out. While there, you can grab a bite to eat or do a little shopping.
  • Downtown Parkersburg has several parks for children to play or for adults to just sit and people watch (I think we all like to people watch). Just a few of these parks are Bicentennial Park, Point Park, Friendship Park, and Fort Boreman Park.
  • Along with our parking garages and lots, there is also an Easy Rider Bus System. Their regular bus hours are Monday – Saturday 5:50 AM to 6:00 PM and evening bus hours are 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Q: Besides just downtown Parkersburg, what should the communities know about DuPont? What makes DuPont viable to our area?

Through both financial contributions and the volunteer efforts of our employees, DuPont supports programs and organizations that address the following:

  1. Social progress and economic success—initiatives that help increase access to opportunity for community families, and promote the economic well-being and health of community residents through revitalization of neighborhoods and enhancing the quality of life within the community;

  2. Education—initiatives that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-related programs of near-neighbor schools; or simply helping to nurture students through mentoring and tutoring activities;

  3. Environmental and SHE excellence—initiatives that help protect the environment through clean-up or restoration efforts and allow for DuPont Washington Works to show we are a leader in minimizing our environmental footprint within the community; also any site-promoted activities that promote community safety and health.

  4. Diversity—initiatives that support and promote diversity, and encourage treating people of all races, colors, ethnic backgrounds and beliefs with respect and dignity.

     

    For more information on how you or your business can support Downtown PKB by joining our Partner Program, visit our website at downtownpkb.com/donate or contact me at courtney@downtownpkb.com.

    Courtney Hendershot; Events and Marketing Coordinator

A Moment with a Champion, United Bank

United Bank in Downtown Parkersburg joined our Partner Program at the end of May this year. The Partner Program was designed to “help move our organization forward in terms of financial diversification and serve as a way to connect the community to our mission”, says Wendy Shriver, executive director of Downtown PKB. Interested community members and businesses of any size can become a Partner of Downtown.

United Bank employs 200 people and assist approximately 75 organizations through volunteerism, donations and sponsorships. In addition, they are committed to offering small business and commercial lending solutions, as well as the development of affordable housing. We took some time to sit down with United Bank and talk about their outlook on Downtown Parkersburg and its importance to their business’s success.

 

Q: What interested United Bank about Downtown PKB’S Partner Program?

A: United Bank’s history begins in Parkersburg. United recognizes the importance of thriving communities. We build strong relationships with organizations that support the viability of the communities we serve, such as Downtown PKB. Parkersburg is our hometown and we proudly support it.

 

Q: As a member of Downtown PKB’s Executive Board, what is something you believe businesses, organizations, and the community should know about Downtown Parkersburg?

A: Downtown Parkersburg is an exciting and thriving area. The Downtown Parkersburg community works tirelessly to continue to make Downtown Parkersburg attractive to prospective businesses and to support those already located downtown.

 

Q: Why is a vibrant downtown important to United Bank?

A: A vibrant downtown creates new business opportunities for United Bank, as well enriches our community through job creation, economic growth and development.

 

For more information on how you or your business can support Downtown PKB by joining our Partner Program, visit our website at downtownpkb.com/donate.

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.

For more information about how you can get involved, contact Courtney at courtney@downtownpkb.com.

Coming Back to Downtown PKB

As a recent graduate from Ohio Northern University and from Marietta, Ohio I am pleased to be the new Events and Marketing Coordinator for Downtown PKB. Last summer I had the opportunity to intern at Downtown PKB, an opportunity I will never regret. A year ago, I was originally supposed to go to Cleveland, but I chose a different route, a route that I am happy I chose.  I completed my internship experience, finished my last year of college, graduated and found my way back to an organization I have grown so fond of.

Downtown PKB, a nonprofit organization, opened my eyes and mind to a variety of marketing techniques and networking opportunities last summer. I look forward to taking what I have learned at Ohio Northern and from last summer, and applying it to my position at Downtown PKB while growing in my professional field. Besides the work side of Downtown PKB, I am excited to get involved in committees and monthly board meetings, as well with the community itself.

Before being introduced to Downtown PKB, I had no knowledge of the National Main Street Organization or those similar to its kind. Downtown PKB has taught and showed me what it takes to bring business in to Downtown Parkersburg, but also to promote Downtown Parkersburg for what is already has. I live right across the river and there were numerous things I didn’t know was here. It goes to show how powerful marketing and social media is in today’s society and how every business, small or big, needs to utilize it.

Downtown PKB has been a great learning experience and internship opportunity, and I know serving as the Events and Marketing Coordinator will hold the same value.  I am so thankful that I got the opportunity to work at Downtown PKB and with Wendy again. I look forward to the adventure that awaits me in the future at Downtown PKB.

For more information about how you can get involved, contact me at courtney@downtownpkb.com.

 

Parkersburg Bike to Work Day Scheduled for May 19th

On Friday, May 19th, Parkersburg residents are encouraged to ride their bike to their place of employment where it is safe to do so.  If you work downtown and do not feel comfortable going alone, please come join the Parkersburg Bicycle Advisory Board.  The Bicycle Advisory Board will be hosting a group ride starting at the City Park Pavilion and then riding to Highmark West Virginia in downtown Parkersburg.  This year, the ride will use the Cross Town Bikeway (CTB).  Both experienced and novice riders are welcome.  Please meet the Parkersburg Bicycle Advisory Board at the City Park Pavilion by 6:45am.  The group ride will start at 7:00am.  Once downtown, all riders will be treated to a light breakfast sponsored by Highmark West Virginia.  The Bicycle Advisory Board thanks Highmark West Virginia for hosting the breakfast and encourages Parkersburg residents to use this opportunity to utilize existing trails in our City.

bike to work

 

Bike to Work Day is one of several events happening nationwide to raise awareness about the social, economic and environmental benefits of cycling. Bike to Work Day is promoted by the League of American Bicyclists. 

Exciting things are happening in downtown

“There is simply no more cost effective, economic development program, of any type, on any scale, anywhere in the country than Main Street.”  --Donovan D. Rypkema, Economics of Historic Preservation

It is an exciting time to be engaged with Downtown PKB. We’re hearing every day from community members, volunteers, and just those walking down Market Street – “boy, there’s a lot happening down here.” The recent activity (five new businesses already in 2017, eight in 2016, weekend-after-weekend of successful events and business promotions) are not happening by accident or coincidence.   They are the direct result of hard work by staff and volunteers, collaboration among city and county leaders, partnerships with coordinating services, and community members themselves to get engaged with downtown.

This is not the time to stand back and watch. It is the time to jump in – whether as a volunteer at an event, as a consumer at one of restaurants or shops, or as a financial partner. We are experiencing tremendous growth and the opportunities ahead are endless.

Here are just a few ways you can join us in this important work:

Volunteer during our Clean-Up Green-Up Day on Saturday, May 20th. We’ll meet at 9am in front of the Point Park Marketplace and provide everything you need to help make our downtown beautiful. This day is made possible through a grant from BB&T’s Lighthouse Initiative and the Wood County Solid Waste Authority. Free lunch will be provided for all volunteers. RSVP through the Facebook event.

We are also still seeking volunteers for the Taste of Parkersburg. The deadline to sign-up is May 19th. You can find more information at www.downtownpkb.com/volunteer

Attend the first Point Park Concert Series concert on Friday, June 2nd at the Point. Admission is free and food/beverages will be available for purchase.  The Point Park Concert Series title sponsor is Aspire Salon, located on Market Street. For a complete list of our other generous business sponsors, visit our website at www.downtownpkb.com/concert

Purchase tickets for the 12th Annual Taste of Parkersburg on Saturday, June 3rd. Sip and savor the flavor as you enjoy samples of food, wine and beer from some the best restaurants and vendors in the Mid-Ohio Valley. A very limited number of reserved tables are also still available. Find more information at www.downtownpkb.com/top

Partner with us. In February, we launched a brand-new Partners Program that invites individuals and corporations to make a tax-deductible donation to Downtown PKB and enjoy exclusive benefits such as early ticket purchases, unique advertising opportunities and much more. Find more information at www.downtownpkb.com/donate

Consider a move to downtown. Are you looking to open a second location for your business? Are you considering a move? Thinking about opening a new business? Contact us to explore your downtown options and discover the many ways your business will thrive in a growing downtown.