Main Street Beautification Grant Announced
April 3, 2019
Pendleton Community Foundation has officially awarded a “Main Street Beautification” grant to the Pendleton County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The organization is using the funds to improve the streetscape along Main Street in Franklin by removing 45 parking meters, installing 13 solar lampposts with planters designed by Cunningham Place Greenhouse, installing 4 trash cans, and adding 3 new “Welcome to Franklin” signs designed by local artist, Michelle Clark Sites. The welcome signage will also highlight the “Mountains of Opportunity” slogan which was chosen by county residents in 2018.
In late January, 2019, Pendleton County Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director, Laura Brown, presented the Main Street Beautification project to the Pendleton Community Foundation board members Bill Loving, Mike Judy, Ryan Boggs, Debbie Glover, Luke Taylor, and Betty Kimble. The Foundation asked Brown to gain permission from the Franklin Town Council to proceed with the project. In February, 2019, Brown initially presented the project to the Council and was asked to return to the Council’s March meeting with further information regarding construction details for the project. After a meeting between Town Supervisor, Larry Hoover, and Stone Hill Construction project manager, Chad Rawley, Brown returned to the Council in March with construction details and received a unanimous vote to proceed with the project. On April 1, 2019, Loving awarded a grant letter to the Pendleton County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“We’re thrilled to award this grant to the Pendleton County Convention & Visitors Bureau. In addition to revitalizing the community’s downtown area, this grant will help limit the amount of litter on the street by adding trashcans to the street,” said Pendleton Community Foundation President and PCB President Bill Loving.
“The grant from the Pendleton Community Foundation not only improves the appeal of downtown Franklin but it also creates a sense of excitement within the Community,” said Brown. “This will be the first step in implementing revitalization plans for Pendleton County.”
Construction for the Main Street Beautification project is anticipated to begin in late May.
About Pendleton Community Foundation
The Pendleton Community Foundation’s mission is to enhance community opportunity through the management of local giving and coordination of civic priorities. As a 501(c)(3) charitable Organization, the Pendleton County Community Foundation devotes its energy to passionately strive to enhance the opportunities available to their local community. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Pendleton County Convention & Visitors Bureau
The primary purpose of Pendleton County Convention & Visitors Bureau is to enhance the professionalism, effectiveness, and image of Pendleton County in marketing Pendleton County as a destination for tourism. For more information, please visit: http://pendletoncountywv.com