Main Street/ON TRAC spring conference to focus on funding

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Main Street/ON TRAC spring conference to focus on funding

Member and nonmember communities may attend April 15-17 conference in Wheeling 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Main Street and ON TRAC convenes in Wheeling for training, April 15-17. The 2014 spring conference focuses on how to write successful grant applications and on development funding.

The conference is open to the public such as local economic development representatives, as well as to Main Street and ON TRAC member communities. The event is co-hosted by Downtown Wheeling Inc./Wheeling ON TRAC. On April 16 and 17, Wednesday and Thursday, training will be held at the Wheeling Artisan Center, 1400 Main St., Wheeling. 

Wednesday’s training tackles how to write better quality grant applications in less time. A panel of grantors discusses specifics they want from applicants. On Thursday, participants will take a comprehensive look at redevelopment finance from multiple perspectives, including developers; capital investors; tax credit programs; and private, state and federal partnerships. The day’s events include mobile workshops with on-site tours of two of Wheeling’s successful redevelopment projects. The mobile workshop will take participants to The Orrick Global Operations and Stone Center at Market Plaza.

For more information or to register, call 304-957-2028 or visit

The $65 registration fee includes the Tuesday evening reception; Wednesday evening networking dinner and behind-the-scenes look at the landmark Capitol Theatre (also known as the Capitol Music Hall); Thursday lunch; and Thursday mobile workshops.

Main Street West Virginia is a program of the West Virginia Development Office. It focuses on economic development of historic downtown and neighborhood commercial districts by providing technical services, design assistance and continuous training of board and committee members and program managers using the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Four-Point Approach®. Main Street West Virginia provides a liaison between various state agencies and organizations within the designated communities.

The state’s accredited Main Street communities are Charleston East End and Charleston West Side (Kanawha County); Fairmont and Mannington (Marion County); Kingwood (Preston County); Martinsburg (Berkeley County); Morgantown (Monongalia County); Philippi (Barbour County); Point Pleasant (Mason County); Ripley (Jackson County); and Ronceverte and White Sulphur Springs (Greenbrier County). 

ON TRAC was created by Main Street West Virginia to help communities boost economic growth with evaluation, education and networking resources. After participating in the ON TRAC program for two years, communities are eligible to apply for Main Street designation.

The state’s designated ON TRAC communities are Belington (Barbour County); Beverly and Elkins (Randolph County); Madison (Boone County); Parkersburg (Wood County); Parsons (Tucker County); Charles Town (Jefferson County); Romney (Hampshire County); Rowlesburg (Preston County); Shinnston (Harrison County); Sutton (Braxton County); Wheeling (Ohio County); Marlinton (Pocahontas County); and Kenova (Wayne County).

For more information about West Virginia’s Main Street and ON TRAC communities, visit

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Contact: Nikki Williams, 304-957-2028