FLEMING: 'THERE IS JUST AN EXCITEMENT IN THE AIR,' FCDP EXPANDING ITS MISSION TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Story by Nicole Lemal-Stefanovich | Correspondent, The Fairmont News
A look at the riverfront property, the needs facing the Fairmont community, and the conjunction of local groups working together has given the Fairmont Community Development Partnership (FCDP) a reason to be looking toward the future and the potential the area possesses for future development.Construction on the 800 block of Virginia Avenue is underway, as the group has cleaned up the neighborhood. Efforts may be made to attend to the Walnut Avenue area, which will be exposed upon the completion of the Third Street Bridge project. Discussions with West Virginia University students have given the FCDP ideas for rebranding and marketing to better portray its new mission statement. The website also will be revamped to accompany the changes.
With the same logo since 1992, a lot has changed since then, according to Andrea Fleming, the new executive director. Neighborhood revitalization in the area was at one time the primary focus, but now the FCDP has plans to also place emphasis on economic development. Working together with more local groups rather than against each other gives Fairmont a real opportunity, she said, and is just a matter of who initiates the process.