And the West Virginia Municipal League All Star Community Award goes to….The City of Clarksburg
Earlier this month at the All-Star Community Conference was held in Charleston, WV and the City of Clarksburg was awarded for its exceptional performance and innovative contributions to a progressive municipal government. With a goal of recognizing and encouraging innovation and excellence in local governments, the West Virginia Municipal League has been influential in motivating public servants to be progressive, competent and caring towards those which they serve. Recently elected president, Mayor John Manchester of Lewisburg, explains that, “The Municipal League is an advocate for cities, towns, and villages made up of officials who act daily on the front line of government.”
The Brownfield’s award was presented to Clarksburg as a result of their continued effort to bring enrichment to the city’s developments. “We have been working hard to develop properties, such as former industrial sights, in order that they may be used in the future,” stated Anthony Bellotte, Project Manager for the City of Clarksburg. “We consider all potential for these properties to be developed, whether they are real or perceived.” The city’s achievement was based on the work that had been done in three (3) different areas of the city: the former glass factory (now Adamston commons), WV Mack sight (now Valley Supplies Regional Distribution Center), and Quality Foundry (now Oliverio’s Peppers expansion).
Clarksburg’s City Manager, Martin Howe states, “It is a true honor to receive such a prestigious award. We have been working hard to make improvements where we are able to, and are happy that our efforts have not gone unnoticed.” Present to accept the award was Mayor Cathy Goings, Vice-Mayor Gary Bowden, council persons Margaret Bailey and Bob Caplan, and former councilman Jim Hunt. Mayor Goings stated that she was pleased with the collaboration between the City of Clarksburg, Urban Renewal Authority, developers and the Planning and Zoning Commission, which worked well together in bringing the projects to fruition. Mayor Goings was recently elected to the WVML board of directors and looks forward to contributing to their outstanding efforts to improve the performances of West Virginia municipal governments.