Session Information

Wednesday, September 5

Licensed Remediation Specialist Training

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Agenda 
7:30 - 8:00 AMRegistration and Breakfast
8:00 - 8:30 AMProper Low Flow Sampling Techniques,
Matt Wright, Triad Engineering
8:30 - 9:00 AMVapor Intrusion Assessment (Based on updated WVDEP requirements and policy),
Ken Pasterak, CORE Environmental.
9:00 - 9:45 AMPollution Liability,
Allyn Turner, Steptoe and Johnson
9:45 - 10:00 AMBreak
10:00 - 11:00 AMCase Study - Overview of site assessment and remediation of P&G’s million square foot manufacturing facility in Inwood, WV,
James Hemme, ERM
11:00 - 11:30 AMRegulatory background of PCBs, what triggers 40CFR761 regulation, options to address a PCB release, contact persons, and EPA resources,
Kelly Bunker, PCB coordinator for EPA Region 3
11:30 AM - 12:00 PMCase Study - Attributes of a successful Self-Implementing Clean-up Plan (SICP) for PCBs in Region 3,
David Connelly, ERM
12:00 - 1:00 PMLunch
1:00 - 1:45 PMRisk Assessment 101 and WVDEP expectations.
Ross Brittain, Toxicologist, WVDEP
2:00 - 3:00 PMVRP 101 - Brief review of the VRRA statute, history of the program, VRP process, exceptions to the process, organizational changes, new website, and handouts,
John Meeks, WVDEP

EPA Grantee Workshops

EPA New Grantee Meeting

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Moderator
Anna Withrow
Speakers
Joseph Nowak, US EPA Region 3
Patrick Kirby, Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center
Erin Brittain, WV Department of Environmental Protection
John Meeks, WV Department of Environmental Protection
Casey Korbini, WV Department of Environmental Protection
Description
This session is part of the WV Brownfields Assistance Centers’ 2018 Training Series and will provide background and expectations for implementing your US EPA Brownfield Grant. In addition to connecting new grantees from throughout the state, presenters will discuss cooperative agreements, procedures for reporting, procurement of consultants, community involvement, and more. While this session is intended for new EPA Brownfield Grantees, conference attendees who hope to someday be a new grantee are also encouraged to attend.

EPA Grantwriting Training

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Moderator
Anna Withrow
Speakers
Joseph Nowak, US EPA Region 3
Patrick Kirby, Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center
Gary White, NJIT Technical Assistance on Brownfields (TAB)
Casey Korbini, WV Department of Environmental Protection
George Carico, WV Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University
Description
This session is part of the WV Brownfields Assistance Centers’ 2018 Training Series and will provide helpful tricks and tips for writing and packaging your US EPA Brownfield Grant. At this training, presenters from the WV Brownfields Assistance Centers, WV Department of Environmental Protection, NJIT, and the US Environmental Protection Agency will provide background on the brownfield grant application, assessment, and cleanup process, as well as tips on building a compelling story that will lead to a successful redevelopment project. We will also include a demonstration on navigating the sam.gov website, a necessary step in the grant submission process.

Pre-register for this session to reserve a seat and a lunch.

EPA Grantwriting Consultations

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Experts on Tap
Erin Brittain, WV Department of Environmental Protection
George Carico, WV Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University
Casey Korbini, WV Department of Environmental Protection
John Meeks, WV Department of Environmental Protection
Joseph Nowak, US EPA Region 3
Gary White, NJIT Technical Assistance on Brownfields (TAB)
Anna Withrow, Northern WV Brownfields Assitance Center
Description
This session is part of the WV Brownfields Assistance Centers’ 2018 Training Series and is intended for folks who have specific questions relating to their US EPA Brownfield Grant application. Facilitators representing the WV Brownfields Assistance Centers, US Environmental Protection Agency, NJIT, and WV Department of Environmental Protection will be on standby to discuss your project. Depending on attendance, the format for this session will be one-on-one or a roundtable discussion.

Downtown Development Mobile Workshop

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Description

Join Charleston Main Streets, the city’s multi-district urban community and economic development organization, and other city officials, on a tour of the Capital City’s urban core, including the burgeoning West Side and Elk City business districts, Downtown Charleston, and the Historic East End. This tour, starting on the West Side and concluding at the State Capitol, will highlight recent development projects, parks, green spaces, building restorations, and much more.

Welcome Reception

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Black Sheep Burritos

Description

Join the Brownfields Assistance Centers and Gold Sponsor Civil Environmental Consultants at Black Sheep Burritos for local brews and food and great networking with redevelopment professionals.

Thursday, September 6

First-Timers, VISTA Meet and Greet

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Description

First time at a Brownfields Conference? New to this work as a VISTA in a partner organization? Gather with other first-time attendees and VISTA volunteers, as well as veteran BAC staff to learn the ropes, make connections, and get ready to get the most out of the 2018 WV Brownfields Conference.

Opening Keynote

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Speakers

Senator Robert Plymale, WV State Senate, District 5 & Associate Vice President for Economic Development, Marshall University Research Corporation
Dr. Jerome Gilbert, President, Marshall University

Description

Senator Robert Plymale will introduce Dr. Jerome Gilbert of Marshall University. Dr. Gilbert will give the opening keynote address at the 2018 WV Brownfields Conference, highlighting the work of the WV Forward initiative and the Alliance for Economic Development of Southern West Virginia. West Virginia Forward is a statewide initiative interwoven with collaborative partnerships. By bringing together the brightest minds to leverage multidisciplinary action in three main sectors – business, education, and human capital – these efforts can empower real, lasting change. The Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern West Virginia is a collaboration among the 10 public higher education institutions in Southern West Virginia. The Alliance is focused on fostering an environment for economic growth. We have the talent, expertise and resources needed to solve our own challenges and through the Alliance, we will pool our resources and knowledge to build a stronger Southern West Virginia.

State & Federal Updates

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Speakers

Joseph Nowak, US EPA Region 3
Casey Korbini, WV Department of Environmental Protection

Description

With an inside perspective from WVDEP and US EPA Region 3, this panel will provide you with updates from the agencies that impact your projects. Attend this session to learn about new federal and state regulations, EPA Brownfields program updates, and learn more about the WVDEP programs that can assist you on your brownfields projects.

Main Street & ON TRAC Round Table Discussions

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Description

Required for all Main Street & ON TRAC Communities

Networking Break & Exhibitor Expo

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Breakout Sessions

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.

Under Investigation! It Can Be a Good Thing – Due Diligence

Moderator
Lydia Work, Environmental Standards, Inc.
Speakers
Roberta Baylor, Preston County Economic Development Authority
Patricia Hickman, Environmental Standards, Inc.
David Treadway, BB&T
Description
Due Diligence: “the care that a reasonable person exercises to avoid harm to other persons or their property.” Session will make clear the various types of environmental due diligence (Phase I ESA, Phase II ESA, NEPA EA, Asbestos inspections, Lead Based Paint inspections, etc.) and outline the importance of due diligence prior to purchasing property to protect buyer and to fully understand site conditions that may limit future site use. Sites of all sizes, from small gas stations to large industrial complexes, will be discussed. Speakers will highlight their experiences with their successes thanks to proper due diligence and share examples where failure to perform due diligence can result in complications to owners and for site redevelopment. Requirements related to grant funding via USEPA Brownfields Assessment, TBA, AML Pilot, etc. will be discussed. Town Hall format will allow for engagement of the audience to provide additional examples and experience, so bring your project-specific questions!

Drones: A New Perspective on Brownfields

Moderator
James Wolfe, Marshall University Center for Environmental, Geotechnical, and Applied Sciences
Speakers
Samuel Rich, The Thrasher Group
Jacob Darrah, The Thrasher Group
Description
The use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) / Drones have been increasing steadily over the last several years. Drones are now commonly used in various industries and businesses including real estate, construction, survey, and agriculture. During this session, this resource will be discussed showing multiple assets and uses on brownfield sites, plus legal use issues and site-specific uses. Specifically, the following questions will be discussed:
– What is a UAS?
– What are the FAA regulations associated with its use?
– What are the potential uses for UAS on brownfields?
– What types of sensors are available and how can they be used?

Real world examples of the use of UAS on sites will be shown and discussed. This session is for conference attendees that want to pursue new and unique ways to market, manage, develop, and collect data on their brownfield sites.

Stacking the Deck – Financing Your Brownfield Redevelopment

Moderator
Marlo Long, BB&T
Speakers
Matt Bond, United Bank
Patrick Ford, Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle
Casey Korbini, WV Department of Environmental Protection
Kate Greene, Small Change
Description
This session will cover broad financing and development education, including the development process, real estate financial modeling, terminology and financial structuring, sources & uses, gap financing identification, debt vs. equity, real estate market analysis, and more. Representatives from different financing institutions and project developers will share information on how to build a financing stack to complete your project. Panelists will be available following the session in the Exhibit Hall to do one-on-one consultations and answer specific questions.

BAD Buildings: Balancing Demolition and Preservation

Moderator
Shae Strait, WVU BAD Buildings
Nicole Dias, WVU BAD Buildings
Description
Healthy cities hold a variety of people and functions across their landscape. Their buildings should be no different, especially when it comes to the age of them. It is critical to find a balance between preservation and new construction within our communities. But where should the line be drawn between the need for new and old?

Lunch with Keynote Speaker

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Speakers

Austin Caperton, Secretary, WV Department of Environmental Protection
Cosmo Servidio, Regional Administrator, US EPA Region 3

Description

WVDEP Secretary Austin Caperton will introduce US EPA Region 3 Administrator Cosmo Servidio, who will provide updates and highlights from US EPA and the region.

Breakout Sessions

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Diving Deep with WVDEP

Speakers
Laura Cooper, WVDEP Water Quality Standards
Brian Bridgewater, WVDEP 401 Certification and Nationwide Permits
Jon Michael Bosley, WVDEP Construction Stormwater Permits
Description
Let the folks from the DEP Division of Water show you how to navigate your Brownfields project, from Nationwide Permits to handling construction stormwater. Presenters will teach you about water quality permitting, help you to understand when you need a 404 Nationwide Permit or a 401 Certification, and discuss best management practices required for protecting stormwater with your construction activity. Conference attendees involved in construction and environmental compliance are encouraged to attend.

Reimagining Your Waterfront

Moderator
Anna Withrow, Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center
Speakers
Matt Ford, CORE Environmental Services, Inc.
Doug Hylton, City of Ronceverte
Fritz Boettner, Downstream Strategies
Paul Brake, City of Morgantown
Description
Riverfronts are a vital part of many communities in West Virginia. Historically, they have been critical to commerce and often served as locations to manufacture, store, and transfer products during a time when rivers where used extensively to transport goods. However, many of these riverside properties are now abandoned and may have contamination as a result of their previous use. Brownfields funding is assisting with remediation and adaptive reuse of these properties to transform them into vibrant components of strategic redevelopment plan. This session will highlight some of the projects that have been completed in WV and include discussion of some of the hurdles and critical planning that is required.

“Grant” Me the Serenity

Moderator
Patrick Kirby, Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center
Speakers
Mary Hunt, Claude W. Benedum Foundation
Todd Dorcas, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
Tress Ross, The Ross Foundation
Patty Showers Ryan, Your Community Foundation
Description
You have projects vital to your community’s revitalization. Now all you need is a grant. This session features staff from local, regional, and statewide grantmaking organizations that will share what aspects of the grant process you control, which ones you don’t, and the wisdom to find the right funder. Come make connections in the grantmaking world, and leave with strategies to better position your project to get that next grant.

Finding New Purpose for Historic Schools

Moderator
Mike Gioulis, Michael Gioulis Historic Preservation Consultant
Speakers
Elizabeth Rosin, Rosin Preservation
Shannon Jaax, Kansas City Public Schools
Claudette Karr, Coalfield Development Corporation
Description
Faced with the prospect of 30 closed school sites in neighborhoods throughout the city, the Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) developed an innovative and comprehensive approach to promoting the reuse/redevelopment of these facilities. The Repurposing Initiative began as a yearlong community engagement and planning process to develop community-driven site-specific reuse strategies. The planning phase included an intensive period of site visits, community conversations, and technical assessments of each building and site. This information guided KCPS as it transitioned into action, soliciting proposals and promoting opportunities that would uniquely reposition the sites to once again serve as valuable assets for their neighborhood and for the community at-large. Shannon Jaax of KCPS will discuss the impetus behind the strategy and details about the process. Elizabeth Rosin from the consultant team will describe how the consultants worked in tandem with KCPS from the outset to engage the public, document the sites, and put that information to work as private developers rehabilitated individual properties. The session will provide an update on the status of the Initiative, highlighting the successful redevelopment strategies used at several challenging sites.

Networking Break & Exhibitor Expo

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Breakout Sessions

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

With a Little Help from my Friends

Moderator
Carrie Staton
Speakers
Daniel Eades, WVU Extension Services
Kelli Shapiro, Preservation Alliance of West Virginia
Kaycie Stushek, WV Community Development Hub
Description
Brownfields are complex and involve a number of aspects of community and economic development. These complexities provide an opportunity to work with multiple service providers and programs that may be able to help on the many distinct aspects of your project. Hear from service providers at state and nonprofit organizations who can provide specific expertise and assistance in your community.

Highspeed Brownfields

Moderator
Gary White, NJIT TAB
Speakers
Robert Hinton, WV Broadband Enhancement Council
Kris Warner, USDA Rural Development
Charles Dennie, Alpha Technologies Inc.
Description
Rural America is facing an internet connectivity crisis. Currently, 39% of rural Americans, roughly 23 million people, lack broadband access, in contrast to only 4% of urban Americans. Internet access has been regarded as a public utility, however, broadband installation in rural areas has been delayed due to the cost of building the infrastructure to support it. This program will bring industry experts from West Virginia, Virginia, and the federal government to talk about the Connect America Fund and how broadband installation and brownfield redevelopment can help spur economic development in rural communities.

Investment Incentives

Speakers
Matt Ward, Sustainable Strategies DC
Aaron Sporck, Senator Capito’s Office
Jake Dougherty, Wheeling Heritage
Josh Lavrinc, Callay Capital
Adam Markwood, Brian Wishneff & Associates
Finding the funding for your redevelopment projects can be a challenge. Come learn what incentives are available to investors and information needed to attract that investment to your project. Bring your best project idea as the experienced panelists walk through a project identifying gaps in financing and the incentives and options to fill those gaps including Historic and New Market Tax Credits, Tax Increment Financing, Opportunity Zones, and other tax incentives you should be using.

Branding for Plans, Places, & Projects

Speakers
Matt Ashby, Ayres Associates Wendy Shriver, Downtown PKB
Description
Conveying the excitement of the redevelopment potential for contaminated or blighted properties isn’t the easiest task. What once may have been a report and series of news articles no longer garners the public’s interest. How do we as community advocates stir excitement as emerging technologies change the way we communicate and shorten attention spans to 140 characters or less? How can we compete for the hearts and minds of stakeholders in the era of tweets and memes? Savvy marketing and branding is an essential skill to ensure that important local issues ‐ like brownfield redevelopment ‐ don’t get lost amongst competing narratives. We’ll explore how branding strategies can be applied to plans, places, and projects to ensure effective information delivery. We’ll use real examples of branded brownfields and challenge you to think of examples to rebrand your own community’s obstacles into opportunities. Join us to explore how communities can develop their storylines in a way that captures the attention of stakeholders and moves them to action.

Networking Reception

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Description

Explore the Exhibit Hall, featuring exhibits from all of our sponsors, as well as information from key resource providers.
The Networking Reception will feature a celebration of 30 Years of Main Street WV!
Sponsored by Environmental Standards, Inc.

Friday, September 6

Women in Brownfields Networking Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Description

This session provides an opportunity to bring women in all aspects of brownfield development – environmental, community development, and economic development, to name a few – together to find ways to support one another in our professional development, as well as to encourage other women to enter the field. The program will feature a keynote speaker and information on additional networking opportunities in the future. Breakfast will be provided.

The Trail to Redevelopment: How Trails Can Drive Community and Economic Revitalization

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Moderator

Kent Spellman, Rails to Trails Conservancy

Speakers

Bill Wells, New River Gorge Trail Alliance
Amanda Pitzer, Friends of the Cheat
Perry Keller, WV Department of Transportation
Anna Withrow, Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center
Christy Bailey, National Coal Heritage Trail
Charlotte Shaffer, Harrison County

Description

This high-paced session will kick off with an overview of current trail development efforts in the state, with lightning presentations from local practitioners, followed by presentations on related policy, economics, priorities, and resources from state leaders that are having an impact on trail projects. The session will be concluded with a dynamic discussion, facilitated by Rails to Trails Conservancy representative, Kent Spellman. Join the conversation and learn more about the “why’s” and “how’s” of trail development.

Networking Break & Exhibitor Expo

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.


Breakout Sessions

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tips & Tricks for Project Support

Speakers
Carrie Staton, Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center
Anna Withrow, Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center
Description
Support from multiple stakeholders, funders, and resources is critical for success on projects of all sizes. Come learn some tricks of the trade for how to engage – and stay engaged – with community members, elected officials, potential funders, agency leads, and more in this interactive workshop.

Recruiting Business to Your Site

Moderator
Patrick Kirby
Speakers
Todd Hooker, WV Development Office
Jay Rogers, Omni Associates
David Lieving, Huntington Area Development Corporation
Description
Is your property ready for opportunity to knock? What is driving site selection and what are questions you need to be prepared for? And since everyone is not looking at sites for the same end use–how do you make your site stand out for the different sectors. This session brings experience from the state, regional, and private economic development sectors to share what strategies they are using to recruit businesses and what information is a must to get on that short list.

Small Scale Production & Development

Moderator
Mike Gioulis, Michael Gioulis Historic Preservation Consultant
Speakers
Matt Wagner, Main Street America
Wendy Scatterday, Scatterday Architecture
Description
Manufacturing on Main Street is back. Using case studies, this session will examine the return of small-scale production in downtown and urban commercial corridors and provide guidance for programs to better position themselves to attract these manufacturing entities.

Lunch with WV Brownfield Awards and Main Street and ON TRAC Volunteer Awards

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Description

2018 WV Brownfield Awards presented by Brownfields Assistance Center Directors Patrick Kirby & George Carico to leading redevelopment partners and projects from across the state.
Main Street WV & ON TRAC Coordinator Nikki Martin will present Volunteer Recognition Awards to Main Street WV and ON TRAC volunteers and supporters.

Economic Impacts of Redevelopment

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Speaker

Matthew Wagner, National Main Street Center, Inc.

Closing Remarks

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Speakers

George Carico, WV Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University
Patrick Kirby, Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center