Belington, W.Va., a community rich with Civil War, railroad and timber histories, has enlisted the help of West Virginia Universitys Community Design Team (CDT).

The CDT will visit the Barbour County community Oct. 11-13.

The community recently participated in the First Impressions Program through WVU Extension. The program provides unbiased perspectives on the strengths and weaknesses of communities.

They have taken the information from this report to heart and the community is stepping up and making improvements,said Meghan Stalebrink, CDT program coordinator.

Several of the communitys priorities include improving the utilization of its resourcesthe excursion railroad, Tygart River and timber industries, she said.

Experts from WVU programs in landscape architecture, civil engineering, historical preservation and Civil War history, resource management and public administration will be on hand to help address those issues. As part of a dedicated partnership, the team will also be working with members of WVU s Cultural Resource Management Program.

The team will spend Friday, Oct. 12, getting to know the needs of the community based on ideas presented by its citizens. On Saturday, Oct. 13, the CDT will generate ideas, create and give a presentation of their recommendations.

After the initial presentation, the team will provide the community with written reports in about four to six weeks as well as schedule a six-month follow-up.

The Community Design Team is a program of the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer SciencesDivision of Resource Management with contributions from WVU Extension and numerous agencies and organizations.

Founded in 1997, the team has assisted 37 communities in 28 West Virginia counties, along with one in Pennsylvania. The CDT charges a nominal fee of $4,000 used to cover general operating expenses and the production of the subsequent report.