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New Martinsville Community Case Study


In New Martinsville, community members are working to grow a vibrant, upbeat main street.

The Wetzel County city has a population of just over 5,000. During a three-day long music and arts festival held each summer, the number of people roaming the streets of the town’s small, quaint downtown area skyrockets past 20,000. In June of 2021, 23,000 people were drawn to New Martinsville for the Back Home Festival. 

“We’ve had attendees from all 50 states and multiple countries, and Grammy-award winning artists every year,” said Robby Parsons, Executive Director of the Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Something special is happening in New Martinsville–and it’s clear that the town’s dedicated leaders are doing something right to lend to transformative growth in a very short time.

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