For the first time, downtown Wheeling is hosting the annual West Virginia Main Street Conference.
Downtown Wheeling Inc, is part of a network of "Main Street" and "On Trac" communities across the state, focused on downtown revitalization. Each year, the conference is held in a different community. This year, Wheeling was in the spotlight for a few days, and gave residents the chance to highlight their projects.
The conference focuses on development of projects. They will teach grant writing skills and show participants how to turn properties around. On Thursday, they will focus on property development incentives and certain tax credits available for historic preservation. All of this will help local citizens learn how to effectively "rehab" and reuse old, and vacant or underused buildings.
During the two-day conference, special events will be held at Casa di Vino, the Capitol Theatre Ballroom, with tours of Wheeling Stamping, Stone Center and smaller Downtown Wheeling, Inc. projects.