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Upshur County CVB looking for new home

October 11, 2012
By John Wickline - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

The Upshur Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce will be joining forces to find a new home along Buckhannon's Main Street.

Members of the CVB on Wednesday discussed the potential of locating in either the Intellos building across from City Hall or the old G.C. Murphy's building that, until recently, housed an antiques market.

The rent for both places is still under negotiation.

"Both boards agree that we have to move," CVB vice president Lisa Wharton Turner said, "not just because of space issues, but for visibility."

The two organizations share an office on Kanawha Street, just a block off of Main Street. But with the looming possibility of hiring an executive director for the Chamber of Commerce, along with an administrative assistant who would be split between the CVB and the Chamber, the current office would quickly become cramped.

The Main Street locations, however, could come with a parking problem, said CVB secretary Dr. Joseph Reed.

"When people are coming in and looking for information, do they want to walk?" he asked.

Board member Steve Foster said the CVB could consider seeking a 20-minute, free-parking space similar to one in front of the Upshur County Courthouse. He said that would allow visitors to the area to park in front of the building and quickly pick up their information.

Foster also urged the groups to hang a sign on one of the wrought iron posts after selecting a new location.

"It would make (the office) much more visible," he said. "If you go back and look at old pictures of Buckhannon, everybody had them out."



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