WVU Professor To Work With Marion County Commission On Riverfront Development

31 October 2013
By Kelsey Pape, Marion and Taylor County Reporter

FAIRMONT - A West Virginia University professor is working with Marion County commissioners on Riverfront Development.

The Fairmont Women's Club President, Nancy Bickerstaff, heard of Doctor Steve Selin and how he manages the "Rivertown Program."

She invited him to the commission meeting to share his input.

Commissioners committed $1 million to the project in June and now have a new partner in making their dreams for the area a reality.

He is working currently working on multiple projects in Monongalia County and wanted to add Fairmont to the mix.

Dr. Selin stressed the importance of looking at your city through the eyes of a visitor and base your revitalization plans off of that aspect.

He told the commissioners he wants to work with them to make the project possible, rather then work for them.

His help will be completely free of charge.

He said it's important to develop a riverfront that will benefit the economy.

"They're not reinventing the wheel, they are doing it now. They have got Morgantown on board and Westover and several other communities," Nancy Bickerstaff said. "They are coming right up the Mon River and we are here so we were thinking why not us?"

Dr. Selin will work with the Marion County Development Authority and commission as plans move forward.