Downtown PKB, Wood County Development Authority celebrate new office space

Published: Jun. 18, 2019 at 5:24 PM EDT
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Two groups working to improve the economic picture in the Mid-Ohio Valley celebrated their move into new offices in downtown Parkersburg with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

Downtown PKB and the Wood County Development Authority moved into their new offices at 400 Market St. in April.

Several dozens business and community leaders attended the ceremony sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley. Among them were Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce, who praised the work of both organizations, and Brian Aluise, who recognized the group's efforts on behalf of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

Downtown PKB Executive Director Wendy Shriver said the move improves her group's visibility in the community.

"It's a great opportunity for us to be on the street level and to be able to interact with business owners and the community as they come and find us and are looking to open businesses," she said. "And so we thought this was a good office space to be more visible to the community."

Lindsey Piersol, executive director of the development authority, said it's already been a positive move.

"We're helping people with a plethora of economic development issues," she said. "We point people in the right direction for permits, utilities, things of that nature. So we want to make sure we're visible and people can get to us easily."