Earlier this month, Wheeling was selected as a Main Street West Virginia Community after a competitive process.
Representatives from the National and West Virginia Main Street programs made a special visit to the Friendly City on Friday to recognize them for this honor and to help continue their growth.
This designation ranks Wheeling with some of the most vibrant downtown districts throughout the state and the country.
Friday was the first visit the national and state programs made since the announcement.
The meeting helped to open up opportunities for more resources and support to aid in the revitalization efforts of the historic downtown.
So far, both the programs say Wheeling is doing a great job.
“They are doing a fabulous job,” Manager of Community Development WV Monica Miller says. “There is new energy here in Wheeling that is tremendous and we expect great things.”
“You’ve got incredible location for the community,” Senior Program Director of National Main Street Kathy LaPlante says. “There’s some great historic buildings down here that I’ve not seen anything like in any of the other cities I’ve traveled to see so it’s a pretty cool place to be.”
Wheeling was a member of ON TRAC for more than 2 years before they could apply for a Main Street status.
Overall, there’s only about 2,000 communities in country that are Main Street Communities.
There are a total of 14 in West Virginia.