Organized Session, Workshop or Roundtable Title

"Shop, Sip & Stroll" in Downtown Huntington

Participation Type

Organized Session

Organized Session, Workshop or Roundtable Abstract

Tyson Compton, President of the Cabell-Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau, will serve as tour guide for a portion of the Sip & Stroll. Compton will discuss some of the positive changes that have taken place in Downtown Huntington in recent years. The tour will include Heritage Station, home of the CVB. This former railroad depot has been through several incarnations over the years but has recently become a vital component in the downtown mix. While the city wasn’t able to relocate the American Electric Power substation from a prominent downtown corner, they were able to dress it up a bit. A major renovation to a former department store building resulted in Marshall University’s Visual Arts Center being located downtown. That in turn led to more foot traffic and some ancillary businesses. Much of this success came from the development ten years ago of Pullman Square, a retail/entertainment complex and the renovation of historic buildings across the street. Compton will give you a first-hand look at all of these facets and more as you Sip & Stroll.

If a guided tour doesn’t suit your fancy, have no fear! Conference attendees are welcome to explore historic Downtown Huntington on their own. Sip, Shop & Stroll from 6pm-8pm at participating businesses for special discounts - Just show your badge!

If a guided tour does not suit your fancy, but you would still like to participate have no fear! Conference attendees are welcome to explore what the sip-shop and stroll has to offer between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM on their own. Be sure to present your conference badge to receive special discounts.


Tyson Compton and the Cabell-Huntington CVB

Presentation #1 Title

"Shop, Sip & Stroll"

Presentation #1 Abstract

Guided tour of Reinvention and Reinvestment in the Local in Downtown Huntington

At-A-Glance Bios- Participant #1

Tyson has served as President of the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau since February 2009. Tyson came to Huntington from the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Kentucky where he was marketing director for fourteen years. Prior to that he lived in Los Angeles where he was Marketing Director for a magazine publishing group. A freelance writer for twenty years, he was also editor of Where-Los Angeles, an LA travel guide. Also while in Los Angeles, Tyson sold a motion picture screenplay and wrote an episode each for the television series "Murphy Brown" and "Just Shoot Me." In the late 90s, Tyson hosted a cable series that took a look at the entertainment world behind the scenes. Born and raised in Louisa, Kentucky, Tyson has fond memories of visiting here in his youth, and loves the opportunity to promote this exceptional city.


Activism, Food and Nutrition

Start Date

4-8-2016 6:00 PM

End Date

4-8-2016 9:00 PM

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Apr 8th, 6:00 PM Apr 8th, 9:00 PM

"Shop, Sip & Stroll"

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Guided tour of Reinvention and Reinvestment in the Local in Downtown Huntington