KEYSER - The third in a series of meetings designed to improve visitors' first impressions of Keyser and therefore help entice businesses and individuals to locate in the area will be held Wednesday, Jan. 20.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The third in a series of meetings designed to improve visitors’ first impressions of Keyser and therefore help entice businesses and individuals to locate in the area will be held Wednesday, Jan. 20.
In keeping with the practice for the first two meetings, a 2 p.m. meeting will involve various community and county leaders, or “stakeholders,” and a 6 p.m. meeting will be open to the general public.
The meetings have been moved, however, to the conference room at the Mineral County Health Department.
The meetings were preceded by a visit from a team of specialists from the First Impressions program at West Virginia University, who came into Keyser last summer and recorded their thoughts on the location, atmosphere, educational and recreational offerings, and people of the area.
During the first meeting, held in November, Michael Daugherty and Daniel Eades of the WVU program shared the comments - positive and negative - of the members of the First Impressions team.
The second meeting, held Dec. 2 at the same location, focused more on the audience members’ thoughts as to how some of the negatives could be addressed and the positives enhanced.
It was agreed that one of the key issues is communication - finding a way to adequately communicate with newcomers what the area has to offer and finding a way for groups within the area to communicate ideas for improvement and how they can be addressed.
The program and meetings have been funded by a grant obtained by WVU Medicine Potomac Valley Hospital in an attempt to improve the facility’s ability to recruit health care professionals and related businesses into the area.
The WVU Extension Service and West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources are working in conjunction with the hospital to get the program up and running.
According to Daugherty and Eades, some funding will be available for viable improvement programs for the future.
Everyone is invited and encouraged to get involved in the program by attending one of the meetings this Wednesday.
For further information, contact Melanie Winfield, RN, at WVU Medicine PVH, 304-597-3645; or Ginger L. Harman, Recruitable Community Program, at 304-356-4205.