Wheeling Has New Marketing Specialist

WHEELING — New Wheeling Marketing and Community Relations Specialist Joelle Ennis takes a lot of pride in walking down the third floor hall of the City-County Building to her office each morning.

“Wheeling is a pretty great place, and I am really excited to be a part of it,” she said of the job she started last week.

Ennis — who replaces former marking specialist Susie Nelson following her resignation last summer — comes to her position after serving as the conference planning manager of the conference center at NorthPointe in Lewis Center, Ohio, and as a regional event coordinator, field representative and competition judge for AmeriCheer Inc. in Westerville, Ohio.

But Ennis is far from a stranger to the Friendly City and the Ohio Valley.

“I was born and raised in the Tiltonsville area over in Ohio and graduated from Buckeye Local High School in 1996. I then moved to Wheeling and lived here from 1997 until 2005, when my husband, Mike, and I moved to the Columbus area,” she said.

Ennis graduated from West Liberty State College in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Music and Communications.

Ennis said she believes the city has a lot of positive things going for it right now. “I am really passionate about this city and this area. I want to positively impact the city in every possible way,” she said, noting the implementation of the city’s Downtown Conceptual Plan and improving the waterfront are two of her key goals.

While she enjoyed her time in the Columbus area, Ennis said she is glad to be back in Wheeling — and she said many Ohio Valley natives living outside the area also would like to return.

“I have a lot of friends in Columbus, Cleveland and Pittsburgh who are originally from this area. Many of them would love to come back here, but they don’t think there is any reason for them to come back. We have to convince them that we do have great things going on here, and that this area is only going to get better,” she said.

Ennis, 29, also said she is tired of seeing people in her age-block — those currently in their 20s and 30s — sitting back and watching things happen.

“All too often I hear people in my age group complain about how things are going and how somebody needs to do something about them. I am here to be a somebody who is going to do something,” she said.

City Manager Robert Herron said there were several qualified applicants for the position.

“Joelle’s education and background, as well as her enthusiasm for the city, are what led me to believe she was the best candidate. I have a lot of confidence in her,” he said.

Ennis said she is grateful for the trust Herron has placed in her.

“There were so many qualified candidates for this job — and are so many qualified people working here — that I am truly honored to be working in this position,” she said.