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Wild and Wonderful Wheeling, West Virginia

By Bordas & Bordas, PLLC of Bordas and Bordas Attorneys, PLLC posted in Samantha N. Winter on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

Last week, I had the pleasure of graduating as a member of the Class of 2013 from the Leadership Wheeling Program. For those unfamiliar with the program, Leadership Wheeling is sponsored by the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce and seeks to introduce participants to the industry, history and culture of the Ohio Valley region. The Chamber first started hosting the program in 1987, and over 600 residents have participated since then. 

I moved to Wheeling in September of 2011, and I’ve been doing my best to learn more about the unique beauty of the Ohio Valley since then. I was thrilled to participate in Leadership Wheeling because it provided me the chance to get to know my new home in a more comprehensive, in-depth way. For example, although I already knew the basic history of West Virginia, getting to tour Independence Hall, the birthplace of West Virginia, made the history come alive. A visit to the Ziegenfelder factory provided more than just a reminder that popsicles are delicious-it showed me that local businesses are working hard to provide a quality product to consumers all across the nation. Getting to participate in a mock space launch at the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University showed me that local educators endeavor to make sure that Christa McAuliff’s passion for science education is appropriately honored. Spending a morning speaking with the Wheeling Chief of Police, Ohio County Sheriff, mayor and city manager taught me just how much work goes into making sure that this city runs quickly and efficiently.

The greatest lesson I learned through Leadership Wheeling, however, is that the Ohio Valley is full of kind, talented and motivated people. Every single person I came into contact with through the program, from the coordinators to my fellow participants, is someone I’m proud to know. Each time I drive across the state border, a sign reminds me that the state of West Virginia is both "wild and wonderful." Thanks to Leadership Wheeling, I have even more concrete examples of how wonderful my home really is!

Shared with permission from Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce.