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Clarksburg Uptown: A group working to bring new life to the community

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Clarksburg Uptown is a group working to change the downtown scene. 

“We started with a simple meeting. we brought people together that worked and lived downtown and said hey instead of competing against each other with everyone trying to do their own thing to try to just satisfy themselves, what if we brought people together to try to do what was best for the greater good of the downtown business district,” said Michael Malfregeot, board member of Clarksburg Uptown and vice president of Premier Bank. 

From ideas on paper to ideas in action, Clarksburg Uptown works to complete beautification projects in the downtown area. The mayor of Clarksburg said the projects work well in coordination with city projects. 

“Well a lot of the projects that we as a city are doing is the demolition which will get rid of abandoned homes and so that combined with what we are doing to promote our downtown just creates a better atmosphere. It is conducive to business and so with the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center coming right around the corner, the timing is critical for Clarksburg Uptown,” said Mayor Cathy Goings. 

Projects, like the diversity statute that will go in front of the downtown library, work to bring a sense of unity to the city’s streets. Eric Leaseburg, owner of Bluebird Café said the group works to get big projects off the ground. 

“Our intention as a group really is to start projects, get them off their feet and then maybe get someone else, like in the Jazz Stroll, let someone else take over them and then we go back and try to start something else,” said Leaseburg. 

The president of the Clarksburg Uptown describes who the group is for. 

“Basically if you are doing business in the central business district here, we would love for you to be a member of our organization,” said Daniel Rogers, president of Clarksburg Uptown and pharmacist at Byard-Mercer Pharmacy. 

“It is truly local business owners, local business leaders coming together and pulling their resources together to do what is best for the greater good of downtown Clarksburg as opposed to doing what is best just for the individual,” added Malfregeot. 

If you are interested in being a member of Clarksburg Uptown, you can contact the marketing department at the Clarksburg Municipal Complex. 

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