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FAIRMONT -

Social media has given people a place to share their concerns and air their grievances without actually having to come into contact with anyone, or change things for the better.

A Fairmont group is trying to get people away from their computers and do something, instead of just talking about it.

"Everybody has moments where they're frustrated, they're discouraged by something, they don't like the way something is working in our community. But the thing is they aren't just staying frustrated," said Kate Greene, Main Street Fairmont.

Instead, they are creating solutions.

"You bring that idea to this group, you're connected with resources and you're connected with people. You are part of working that frustration to a solution," Greene said.

As many as 25 to 30 people meet at the gatherings every Thursday in Fairmont to discuss ways to bring the city back to life.

While there are a lot of familiar faces every week, there are also some new ones too.

"I'm anxious to see what the folks have to say in regards to projects they are working on and see if there is any assistance I can give them from a legislative standpoint," said Senator Bob Beach, (D) Monongalia County.

Greene said the group is proving to be making a difference in the community.

"I think most of our progress has been largely event based. We were able to come together and do the 150th anniversary, the birthday celebration for the community. There has been a lot of event based stuff," she said.

County government officials are recognizing its efforts.

"I think the more a community grows, the better it is for everyone. This is an example of people coming together to help develop the community the way that they want to. Its managed growth is what it is," Senator Beach said.

Greene said it isn't a place to complain. It's a place to make changes.

"The caveat to come into this group is that its ok to come angry, to come frustrated, to come discouraged. But you have to stick it through and work to the solution," she said.

The group is always looking for new people to come and share their input on how to make Fairmont a better place.

The group meets at the Gatherings on Monroe Street every Thursday at 12:30 p.m.