RICHWOOD, W.Va. -- Planners of the Create West Virginia Conference have picked Richwood as the site for their 2013 conference, which runs Oct. 24-26.
Conference director Rebecca Kimmons said Richwood, with 29 boarded-up storefronts on Main Street, doesn't seem like a likely choice for a statewide conference.
"Exactly the point," Kimmons said in a news release. "It's one thing to go to a nice hotel and talk about the issues many West Virginia communities face. It's another to be there."
Richwood High School will be transformed into a conference center for the three-day event, and vacant storefronts will be turned into artists spaces.
The mission of Create West Virginia is to bring nationally recognized authorities to local communities to come up with ideas to help solve local problems.
"We don't aim to fix Richwood by holding a three-day conference there," Kimmons said. "The city is engaged in a thorough, multifaceted assessment and planning process through the West Virginia Community Development Hub's Blueprint Community program that will enable the residents there to come up with their own long-term remedies."
Kimmons said Richwood Mayor Robert Johnson encouraged Create West Virginia planners to come to the city.
For more information, visit www.createwv.org or call 304-553-4576.