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Barboursville forms convention and visitors bureau

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The village of Barboursville, home to West Virginia’s largest mall and six hotels and motels, is forming its own convention and visitors bureau.

The new CVB should be up and running when the new fiscal year begins July 1, Mayor Paul Turman said.

The new CVB will have an operating budget of about $200,000 a year, Turman said. At present, about half of the hotel-motel tax collected in the village goes to the village for its tourism efforts. The other half goes to the Cabell-Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“We felt it was time to step up,” Turman said. “We just wanted to have our own staff and our own director and cooperate with the county.

“We’re using Gilbert and Hurricane as models for what we can have here.”

Creating the Barboursville CVB will redirect about $100,000 a year that now goes to the Cabell-Huntington CVB, Turman said.

Barboursville’s action leaves a $100,000 hole in the budget of the Cabell-Huntington CVB, which had been running at about $600,000. Cabell-Huntington CVB President Tyson Compton said he learned of Barboursville’s plans only seven weeks ago, giving his CVB time to cut back on its spending for the 2014-15 fiscal year before it had made large commitments.

The Barboursville Village Council enacted an ordinance to create the bureau. It is advertising for an executive director, and has received a number of applicants.

The council also is in the process of buying the property currently owned by occupied by ZBA Financial Group in downtown Barboursville, the mayor said. “It’s amazing to me how many people are looking at this job,” he said. “Most of them have business backgrounds. Very few have been involved with CVBs.”

“We’ll continue to promote Barboursville, and we believe they will do the same for us,” Compton said.