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Marlinton is creating momentum in growing their recreational tourism economy



The Hub continues to work with six Mon Forest Towns communities as part of The Hub’s Communities of Achievement Program (HubCAP) to help the communities build on the progress they have made towards revitalization.

The Mon Forest Towns initiative focuses on growing the recreational tourism economy of the Monongahela Forest region. Marlinton is located in Pocahontas County, which has been described by HubCAP team member Cheslea Faulknier as “a destination filled with adventure and outdoor recreation.” 

The Marlinton HubCAP team is working to enhance and grow the town’s recreational tourism economy through a series of community engagement efforts called Marlinton Listens, which began with a Community Survey shared through multiple partners primarily via social media. The survey’s aim was to gauge the community’s opinions of growing Marlinton’s recreational economy while also understanding the needs and concerns of the community overall. 

We talked to two HubCAP team members, Chelsea Faulknier and Katie Workman, to hear about their goals for the two-year program.