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City Seeks Input On Local Events

Survey shows what residents enjoy

September 24, 2012
By IAN HICKS - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - If you visited Wheeling's Heritage Port this summer, whether to take in a movie, devour an Italian sausage sandwich or listen to some soulful blues music - or perhaps all three - city Marketing Director Allison O'Konski wants to hear from you.

With the recently concluded Sternwheel Festival marking the end of the city's summer events calendar, officials are conducting an online survey as they continue to look for ways to get the most out of the waterfront venue.

The survey will be open through 5 p.m. Oct. 1.

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Wheeling Marketing Director Allison O’Konski looks over responses to a survey asking people for feedback on the city’s recently concluded festival season.

There are three ways people can access the survey: go directly to its website,; access it through the city's Facebook page; or download the survey from the city's website,, and mail the completed form to her at 1500 Chapline St., Room 302, Wheeling, WV 26003.

The survey asks which events people enjoyed the most, as well as what types of events could be added to the schedule in the future.

Participants also have the chance to express concerns or complaints about the festivals and offer suggestions for improvement.

The 10-question survey also asks people what they would do if they had $15,000 to put toward Heritage Port events.

"It's cool to see what's working, what's not and what people would do," O'Konski said.

She said she's already gotten some interesting responses, including one which suggested adding an Oktoberfest-type event to the annual lineup.

Another respondent said it would be helpful to have more covered areas for shelter during inclement weather, and someone else said access to restrooms should be improved, O'Konski added.

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