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Village Of Barboursville Now Has CVB

Reported by: Send eMail Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Jun. 27, 2014 5:27 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 27, 2014 11:38 PM EDT
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Barboursville , Cabell County , West Virginia

For the first time in its 201-year history, the Village of Barboursville will have its own convention and visitors bureau.

Patricia Frueh and her dog miss Ellie just moved to the village, and love seeing the rich history in Barboursville.

"Well for one thing I think it would make people more aware of the historical background of the Village," she said.

The CVB will set up an office right on Main Street. City leaders say the goal is to advance, stimulate and promote the people, places and things Barboursville has to offer. That includes conventions, festivals, and the state's largest mall and a huge park with a lake, trails, shelters and several playgrounds.

"We have a number of 5k runs, and we have bicycles, we have about 700 acres out there, so it's unique for the size of the park and the smallness of our community," Mayor Paul Turman Sr. said.

The mayor said a big contributing factor was the 6 percent hotel motel tax that generated about $200,000 each year from the Holiday Inn and Comfort Inn. Half that used to go to the Cabell Huntington CVB, but it will now all stay in Barboursville.

"They were doing a good job, we just felt like it was time for us to step up," Turman said.

The two entities will still work together to cross-promote big events.

There are seven board members, consisting of the mayor, two town council members, two town employees, two local business owners, and two citizens. They're also in the process of hiring a full-time executive director.



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