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Togetherness benefits all

July 17, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Talk about a community coming together for the good of all. That's exactly what's going on in Upshur County with the planning of the conference center that will be located in the new National Guard Readiness Center.

Last week, the Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau agreed to contribute $100,000 over the next two years toward the cost of constructing the facility. The CVB hopes to see a return in rental fees and is poised to submit a request to Buckhannon City Council to be the official booking agent and manager of the conference center.

Earlier this year, Buckhannon City Council approved an $800,000 contribution that includes some in-kind services.

Other local governmental agencies have been asked to lend financial support, and we encourage them to do so.

The new facility will have capacity to serve between 300 and 500 people, and will be easily accessible on Brushy Fork Road. Upshur CVB Executive Director Laura Meadows calls it "a huge opportunity."

Certainly, a conference center presents a whole new gamut of possibilities for the area - from out-of-towners needing a place to host a seminar to a venue for events that locals and tourists will attend. These organizations are wise to make an investment in their community's future.

This project is not a "build it and they will come" venture, but rather one that fulfills a need. Steve Foster, executive director of the Upshur County Economic Development Authority, told City Council in March that West Virginia Wesleyan College turns away at least 50 events each year because of scheduling conflicts.

Other area towns that have seen a demand for a similar such facility should take note of what's going on in Upshur County and pull together for the benefit of everyone.



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