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Sara McDowell, Director

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As the director of the Ripley, West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau, I have the distinct pleasure of working closely with community leaders, business owners, and members of the community to showcase Ripley around the globe. This, in turn, leads me to have the opportunity to meet visitors, new residents, and meeting planners looking for the right place to host their conference or meeting. 

My family has called the hills and valleys around Ripley home for many generations. Ripley holds a special place in my heart; I've attended many of the 4th of July parades with cousins, aunts and uncles. My great-grandparents made Ripley their home right after they were married and members of my family have owned businesses in the area. 

I work directly with event and meeting planners to see if Ripley, WV is a good fit for their event. We know we're not a big city, but if you're looking for a place that offers outdoor adventure, great entertainment, fairs and festivals, and affordability, Ripley, West Virginia may be the perfect place for your meeting.


Additionally in this role, I bring significant expertise in marketing, social and traditional media, and public and government relation skills. In this capacity, I show local business owners how to increase sales online and via social media platforms. I help our local community leaders with the critical role social media and the internet has in our efforts to bring new business, expand existing industries, and grow the visibility of Ripley, West Virginia. 

Be sure and follow us on our social platforms @VisitRipleyWV. Great things are happening so come take a visit!

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