In August of 2016, Brittany Anderson and Amanda Cunningham launched a group called Create Bridgeport/Clarksburg.
The two community organizers spent months in weekly “open to all” community meetings, speaking with residents from North Central West Virginia.
Among the many ideas and issues being shared, they noticed one consistent theme. Residents, business owners, and event organizers felt it was a challenge to reach their audience while the audience expressed they were having a difficulty finding them.
Amanda says word of mouth was how they got their insider tips on good things to do, and places to stay.
“Now we rely on local and state news sites, Facebook, and much more” she says. “By the time we piece together all the events happening around our state and local communities it’s usually after the events have taken place.”
And so these two ambitious young locals launched Experience West Virginia, an online platform that aims to connect and engage residents and state visitors with fun local & statewide events, community meetings and special business offerings.
The statewide community calendar focuses on big and small events in each region. If you have an event, special promotion or non-profit meeting, you can post it there.
“There is no lack of creative business owners in our state,” Brittany says. “However, there is a lack of consistent, easy-to-use centralized communication that promotes the efforts of these individuals and what they have to offer on a local scale.”