Philippi Main Street and the City of Philippi are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for October. Tammy Stemple, standing left, is the Director of the Philippi Main Street program. Karen Weaver is the Philippi City Manager.
Tammy Stemple holds a Bachelor of Social Work from West Virginia University and has served for the past 21 year as the Director of Philippi Main Street. She has also worked as the Philippi City Clerk for more than 18 years. The Main Street program is located at Philippi City Hall, 344 South Main Street, telephone 457-3700 or check their web address at www.philippi.org
Philippi Main Street is a non-profit, revitalization program which is part of a larger organization called Main Street America. The program is based on four points, says Stemple: organization, design, program, and economic restructuring, intended to improve the quality of life in the community. Program goals include preserving local history and promoting community events. The Philippi Main Street Program was reorganized in 1997 when Stemple was appointed its Director.
“Our program relies heavily on volunteers and grassroots activities”, says Stemple. “Reinvesting in older, historic downtown is challenging work, but our volunteers are committed to building a stronger community through preservation-based economic strategies,” she says.
Having worked for the City of Philippi for the past 27 years, Karen Weaver earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science with honors, and a Bachelor of Science Degree Cum Laude from Fairmont State University where she majored in business administration and political science. She became a Credentialed Manager through the International City Management Association in 2006.
“The city of Philippi provides services throughout the municipality, including electric, water, sewer, and trash pickup,” says Weaver. “We also maintain the streets, provide street-cleaning and snow removal, and maintain a 24/7 police department.” Philippi City Hall, at 344 South Main Street, is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., she said.
Weaver is a member of the Board of American Municipal Power of Columbus, Ohio, and received their Seven Hats Award at both the regional and national level. She received the Robert E. Roundtree Rising Star Award from American Public Power, and was designated Business Leader of the Year by the Students in Free Enterprise at Alderson Broaddus University. She is a Past President of the West Virginia City Managers Association and Vice President of the West Virginia Human Resources Association. She is also a member of the Program Services Board of the West Virginia Municipal League.