KEYSER - The Mineral County Chamber of Commerce and the Mineral County Convention and Visitors' Bureau are sponsoring a Logo Art Contest for the creation of new logos for each organization.

For the News Tribune
KEYSER - The Mineral County Chamber of Commerce and the Mineral County Convention and Visitors' Bureau are sponsoring a Logo Art Contest for the creation of new logos for each organization.
According to interim president John Lecky, “a logo for us is a work of art, a design that depicts our organizations for easy recognition of who we are and the work we do.”
According to Wikipedia:  A logo is “a graphic mark, emblem, or symbol commonly used by commercial enterprises, organizations, and even individuals to aid and promote instant public recognition. Logos are either purely graphic (symbols / icons) or are composed of the name of the organization...” or both.
Each organization is requesting artwork from school students and county residents that can be used to create a logo, one for the Chamber, and one for the CVB, reflecting the distinct work of the organizations. The contest began Oct. 6 and will close on Oct. 27 at noon, and entries must be presented at or mailed to the CVB office, 40 N. Main St., Keyser, 26726.
Contestants are asked to use a color format, 8 ½ by 11 in size. Submissions of artwork will be digitized and the rights of use conveyed to each organization.
To  help artists know the background for the organizations, “who we are and the work we do,”  according to Lecky, the new mission statements of each organization are as follows:
“The mission of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) is to develop a collaborative spirit of engagement with economic interests throughout the county, facilitating their accomplishments together for the community that enhance the economic strengths of business and the well-being of citizens of the county.”
The mission of the Mineral County Convention and Visitors' Bureau (CVB) is to promote and market our area for an economic benefit to local businesses and residents, by attracting, serving and increasing visitor traffic to the county.
These mission statements were both approved by the boards at the recent Oct. 4 board meetings.
To give some broader ideas about what could be used to depict strengths important to Mineral County, the following is a list of strengths both boards value in Mineral County:
    1.    Location – Within two to three hours of 12.4 million people, with good interstate access
    1.    Natural Beauty – Great for our enjoyment and excellent for tourism
    2.    Energy - Fourth in the nation for providing energy to the US; first in bituminous coal
    3.    Natural Resources – Substance for energy, construction, recreation, tourism
    4.    Character – Faith-based, friendly to neighbor and stranger, independent work ethic
    5.    Education – Unusually earth-smart, farmers, hunters, timbermen, survival-ready
    6.    Authentic Mountain Culture – Long family heritage of arts and culture, foods
    7.    Family Business – Strong on entrepreneurship, home-based creativity
    8.    History – Washington's trail, Northwestern Turnpike, coal and railroad work-center
    9.    Washington Advocates – Heritage of senators and representatives who deliver for WV
    10.    High Tech Companies - Powerful names: IBM, Northrup-Grumman, Chlorox
     12. Collaborative Spirit - “All for one; one for all” mentality and action
The Chamber and CVB boards will select winners during the week of Oct. 29 and announce the selection on Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Chamber Room Thanksgiving Reception at 40 ½ N. Main St., Keyser, and present a $100 prize for each piece of art selected for the logos. The entries will be shared with the Mineral County Commission for possible adaptation for a county seal and flag.
For questions please email theblackrockresort@gmail.com or call 304-788-0947.