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:
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;
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;
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.
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 email@example.com.
Courtney Hendershot; Events and Marketing Coordinator