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Greater Clarksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau releases new visitors guide

By CHARLES YOUND

The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG, W.Va.  — In order to promote the city and all it has to offer, officials with the Greater Clarksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau have released a new visitors guide for Clarksburg and the surrounding area.

Kathie Titus, executive director of the Greater Clarksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, points to updated section of the visitors guide.
(Exponent Telegram photo by Charles Young)

Kathie Titus, executive director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the new city guide provides visitors all the necessary information needed to make the most of their time in the city.

“We do one every two years,” she said. “We’ve made a lot of changes. We’ve listened to a lot of feedback from local business owners.”

One of the guide’s new additions was requested by the area’s florists to help them be more accurate with their deliveries, Titus said.

“One of the things we did was we created a large area map that has all the area cemeteries on it,” she said.

Another map in the guide shows all of the area’s historic locations, including the location of the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center, Titus said.

A third map, which is colorfully illustrated to appeal to children, shows Veteran’s Memorial Park and highlights its family-family offerings, like the Splash Zone, the skate park and the Mayor’s Fitness Trail, Titus said.

One section of the guide is dedicated to destinations that are within a 50-mile drive of the city, Titus said.

“A lot of people don’t know about the train ride that is just outside of town or our winery,” she said. “There are all of the state parks that are within a half hour’s drive from us.”

Copies of the guide are available at locations across the state, Titus said.

“It’s in every welcome center in the state, every toll plaza in the state, all the hotels, various local businesses and our state tourism office,” she said. “And, of course, they can call us here at the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and we can mail them a copy.”

Clarksburg Mayor Cathy Goings said she is very impressed with the new guide.

“It’s more than just a listing of places to eat, shop and be entertained,” she said. “It’s very comprehensive. It gives the history of Clarksburg and talks about the heritage of the city. It gets into all different aspects of the city.”

Goings, who owns several local businesses, said the guide is a great way to draw customers into her stores.

“I’ve had several people who come into the store carrying the guide who say that’s how they heard of us,” she said. “It’s an inexpensive way to reach thousands of people.”

Goings said she keeps extra copies of the guide in her businesses to pass out to visitors.

“We have them here in the stores for those who come into the area and want to know where they can go and what they can do,” she said. “Then I hand them a visitors guide. We try to provide one in the event that they don’t have one.”

For more information or to request a copy of the visitors guide, contact the Greater Clarksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau at 304-622-2157 or visit www.clarksburgvisitorswv.com.

Staff Writer Charles Young can be reached at 304-626-1447 or [email protected]

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