MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (WTRF) -- It’s a step in the right direction for one local community.
The West Virginia Economic Development Office announced three new cities have been selected as West Virginia’s ON TRAC Communities.
One of the three is the city of Moundsville.
The 2-year program is mandatory before a city can be named as a West Virginia Main Street community.
To earn the designation of an ON TRAC community, a city must be in an incorporated area, served by a commercial downtown infrastructure, and have a sponsoring organization.
Cities selected as On Trac communities will receive resources for economic growth, education, and networking. They will also receive training in downtown and neighborhood revitalization.
The Moundsville City Manager, Rick Healy, shares what this will provide for a growing and thriving city.
”I think it shows, number one, that the city of Moundsville is committed to the downtown business district. Last year we spent a fair amount of money upgrading the lights and the benches downtown in this district. This is another step to that. And I think once the businesses see these kind of improvements and these kind of resources, it's going to just make them pick up and want to do better as well.”Rick Healy – Moundsville City Manager
Currently, there are 11 accredited Main Street communities and 14 On Trac communities in West Virginia.