KEYSER - Ashley Centofonti believes Mineral County has a lot to offer for those looking for something to do - whether it's an active hike on a woodsy trial or a kayaking trip on the Potomac, or something a little quieter like a visit to an historical spot that has a story to tell.
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Ashley Centofonti believes Mineral County has a lot to offer for those looking for something to do - whether it’s an active hike on a woodsy trial or a kayaking trip on the Potomac, or something a little quieter like a visit to an historical spot that has a story to tell.
She also believes there are many more unique qualities about Mineral County which need to be enhanced and featured as an enticement to visit the area.
And it is now her job to bring those qualities to the attention to those who might like to visit.
Centofonti is the new director of the Mineral County Convention and Visitors Bureau, an agency tasked with the job of promoting all that’s good within Mineral County.
The position is a new one, having been previously included in the duties of the director of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce. The two agencies were split last year, however, and Centofonti was chosen for the position after being interviewed by the newly-organized CVB board.
She previously worked as the office manager for the Mineral County Development Authority, and therefore says she has a good grasp of some of the unique things Mineral County has to offer.
Centofonti explains that the Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce often worked together on events, and that has helped give her an idea of what can be accomplished.
“We paired up with Anne (former chamber director Palmer) on a lot of things, and I enjoyed that,” she said. “It made me appreciate what Mineral County has to offer.
“We have a lot of good things that people can visit and do,” she continued, noting that the state of West Virginia has a lot of resources upon which Mineral County can draw to help get its tourism initiative launched.
One of the things she hopes to do is compile a calendar of the various events planned in various sites across the county throughout the year.
“I want people to give me dates; I’m doing a website,” she said, noting that when someone from outside the area thinks about visiting somewhere or attending an event, the Internet is often the first place they go for information.
Putting events online is also helpful to the local folks who want to support a cause or attend an event.
“I don’t care if it’s a church having a spaghetti dinner or whatever, I’ll put it on Facebook and Instagram and get the word out there,” she said.
In the meantime, she is working to get the CVB office at 40 N. Main St. in Keyser in order, and hopes to have an open house soon.
Centofonti comes to the position with a Bachelor of Applied Science in business management from WVU Potomac State College, and an Associate of Applied Science in business technology, also from Potomac State.
She may be contacted in the office at 304-790-7081 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.