CHARLESTON, W.Va — For the first time since 2009, the West Virginia ON TRAC (Organization and Training for Revitalization and Capacity) program is accepting new community applications. A program of the West Virginia Development Office, ON TRAC helps towns with community improvement and development.
Before applying, community representatives must attend the ON TRAC application workshop. The mandatory workshop provides additional information about the program and techniques to help a community successfully apply for one of the few available competitive community slots.
The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 9, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at The Blennerhassett Hotel, 320 Market Street in Parkersburg. To register or for additional information, contact Nikki Williams at 304-957-2028 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ON TRAC is designed to help communities boost economic growth with evaluation, education and networking resources. Communities selected for ON TRAC will receive training in downtown or neighborhood revitalization, an assessment of strengths and weaknesses, access to an online library of databases and resources, action-planning services, telephone consultation, scholarship and grant information, technical design visits and participation in the mentoring program from the certified Main Street Programs.
ON TRAC was created by Main Street West Virginia but is not part of the national Main Street program. Communities must participate in ON TRAC for two years before applying to become a Main Street community. Currently there are 12 accredited Main Street Communities and 16 ON TRAC Communities in West Virginia.
Main Street West Virginia, a program of the West Virginia Development Office, focuses on economic revitalization of historic commercial districts by providing technical services, design assistance, and continuous training of board/committee members and program managers using the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Four-Point Approach®. The Four-Point Approach includes comprehensive work in organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.