| Filled two vacant spots on the 26-member board: Kristin Call, marketing director of the West Virginia Power, and WCHS/WVAH TV reporter and anchor Kallie Cart.
| Elected former vice president Keeley Steele as president of the board of advisors of its new business association, which is still in the formative stages. Steele is owner of the Bluegrass Kitchen, Tricky Fish and Frutcake.
The business association will apply for a 501(c)(6) certification from the Internal Revenue Service, a designation shared by chambers of commerce and business leagues. That will allow the group to recruit business members and donations, and to buy property.
Steele said she's prepared to take on more responsibility as head of the new organization. "We're going to start the membership campaign," she said.
"Now we can pursue an economic development agenda. We don't have to worry about the fine line between economic and non-economic activities."
She plans to tap other business owners to serve on the group's board, such as Dickinson and Mary Ann Crickard of Contemporary Galleries.
With several vacant business properties along Washington Street, Steele said the group would consider purchasing sites, "but we'd have to raise funds."
She's had plenty of experience. "We bought two properties, filled out six apartments. It's a lot of work -- 100-year-old buildings, knob-and-tube wiring, horsehair plaster.
"If we could gut a building and put it back in a state where people could see what it could be ... it's hard. It's hard for people to see the good bones [of a building]."
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