The Community Development Block Grant program can provide assistance to local businesses that retain and/or create jobs in the community. One successful partnership was the new Marriott Townplace Suites in downtown Parkersburg. Working with Uptown Lodging, the City used $200,000 in CDBG funds to leverage more than $7 million in private investment for the renovation of the old Uptowner Hotel. What was once a vacant building for more than 20 years now positively contributes to the redevelopment of downtown Parkersburg. Furthermore, the new 80 room, all-suite hotel has created 18 full-time positions, all of which have positively improved the economic situation for low and moderate income individuals. The Marriott Townplace Suites officially opened its doors on May 30, 2017.