Session Information

Tuesday, September 10

Licensed Remediation Specialist Training

7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Morning Session: Air & Waste Management Association, West Virginia Chapter

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM          Registration and Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM          VRP/Brownfields Public Participation

  Presenter:  Tom Rebar / Compliance Management International

8:30 – 9:45 AM                  PFAS Analytical and Regulations    

Presenters:  Lydia Work / Environmental Standards; Armando Benincasa and Marissa Nortz /   Steptoe and Johnson, PLLC

9:45 AM  – 10 AM             Break

10 AM – 11 AM                 VRP Amendments

  Presenter:  Liz Schindzielorz / Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP

11 AM – 12 PM                  Vapor Intrusion Mitigation

  Presenter:  Chris Ferguson / Protect Environmental

Afternoon Session:       West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

WVDEP OER staff will present an overview of the new VRP Guidance Manual, as well as more in-depth presentations on several new topics, including Covers & Caps, Recreational Exposure Factors, and De Minimis Risk Assessment.  OER presenters will also revisit common topics such as vapor intrusion, migration to groundwater, natural attenuation and off-site impacts.

WVDEP Presenters: Erin Brittain, Ross Brittain, and John Meeks

EPA Grant Writing Workshop

10:30 am – 2:30 pm


Drew Bucy, WV Water Research Institute
Gary White, NJIT TAB
Joseph Nowak, US EPA Region 3
Anna Withrow, Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center


This interactive workshop will provide background on the different types of US EPA Brownfields Grants and will help participants interested in applying to US EPA later this fall. At this training, presenters from the WV Brownfields Assistance Centers, WV Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 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. Throughout the day, participants will work together to begin building strong US EPA Brownfields Grant Applications.

Sponsored by Triad Engineering

EPA All-Stars: Grantee Meeting

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm


WV Brownfields Assistance Centers
US EPA Region 3


This session is part of the WV Brownfields Assistance Centers’ 2019 Training Series and will provide background and expectations for implementing your US EPA Brownfield Grant. In addition to connecting new and existing grantees from throughout the state, presenters will discuss cooperative agreements, procedures for reporting, procurement of consultants, community involvement, and more.

Mobile Workshops

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Morgantown’s Historic District

Learn about the historic rehabilitation tax credit program on a walking tour of downtown Morgantown led by Main Street Morgantown and Mills Group preservation specialists. Take in the unique historic architecture of Morgantown and learn more about the storied past lives of some of the city’s most prominent buildings. See examples of past historic tax credit work and discuss ways in which these powerful incentives can be leveraged on a variety of buildings in the historic district.

Collaborating for Success – Morgantown’s Industrial Park

Learn about the Morgantown Industrial Park on this mobile workshop focused on environmental remediation and redevelopment. This workshop will showcase the past property development and the results in current use, while also presenting the challenges with undeveloped portions of the property and the potential for redevelopment once the challenges are addressed (smokestack demolition, site assessment and remediation, redevelopment design). Discussions will cover past site use, redevelopment that led to current uses, environmental activities accomplished/proposed and redevelopment plans for undeveloped parcel. Learn how the property owners, the WV Land Stewardship Corporation, and the WV Department of Environmental Protection are working together to ensure success.

Welcome Reception

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Morgantown Flour & Feed

Sponsored by Civil Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Wednesday, September 11

Continental Breakfast & Registration

8:00 am – 9:00 am

First-Timers’ Meet and Greet

8:15 – 9:00 am


First time at a Brownfields Conference? Gather with other first-time attendees, as well as veteran BAC staff to learn the ropes, make connections, and get ready to get the most out of the 2019 WV Brownfields Conference.

Brownfields & Main Street

9:00 am – 9:30 am


Carrie Staton, Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center
Mike Gioulis, Michael Gioulis Historic Preservation Consultant


Rehabilitating West Virginia

9:30 am – 10:30 am


Ann Carroll, US Environmental Protection Agency
Bob Hansen, WV Department of Health & Human Resources
Kevin Dennis, Field of Hope
Andrew Howard, Appalachian Regional Commission


Substance abuse has had devastating effects throughout West Virginia, the Appalachian Region, and the nation. In addition to impacting individuals and families, the drug epidemic has also had a detrimental impact on local economies, as it has disabled workforces to support communities. As property vacancy and deteriorating infrastructure provide less opportunities for positive social engagement and have become worse through sustained disengagement, abandoned properties are opportune locations to reverse this narrative.  This plenary panel will present background on the area’s substance abuse issue, relating to land use and community development.  Highlighting a brownfield to healthfield redevelopment case study in Southeast Ohio and programs offered by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the group will discuss opportunities for community recovery and engagement through brownfield to healthfield development.

Networking Break & Exhibitor Expo

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Breakout Sessions

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Alexa, What’s a Brownfield

Casey Korbini, WVDEP
Erin Brittain, WVDEP
Jake McDougal, WVDEP
John Meeks, WV DEP


Alexa may not have the answer, but OER does! WVDEP’s Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) is here to help answer all of your brownfield questions. Learn about Superfund liability at brownfield sites, proper due diligence, and available liability protections. In addition, OER staff will provide an overview of programs and services that Alexa would not want to miss herself. Come learn what OER has to offer and, in the end, Alexa will be asking you for all the answers.

Creative Site Reuse: Processes & Partnerships

Patricia Hickman, WVLSC
Sean Garrigan, Stromberg Garrigan Associates
Lydia Work, Environmental Standards
Peter Butler, WVU
Lauren Bennett


Panel will discuss the benefits of incorporating remediation requirements into planned site development, design and visualization. The focus will be coordination among the environmental consultant, property redeveloper and engineer/architect to determine the best redevelopment design in coordination with remedy plans and community partners. Speakers will discuss the advantages of using such planning to reduce costs while improving the protections to human health and the environment through coordination of design and site use restrictions under the redevelopment plan. Examples of redevelopment plans created through partnerships with design faculty and students at West Virginia University’s Community Engagement Lab will demonstrate how stakeholder engagement and participatory design can enhance the design process.

The town hall format will allow for interactive discussion with the audience for a broad overview of a coordinated approach to remediation and redevelopment.

Banking Your Brownfield

Laura Rye, MVB Bank
LaReta Lowther, WesBanco Bank


LaReta Lowther and Laura Rye will present banking perspectives on financing Brownfield projects. The audience will break into two small groups to examine case studies where participants will explore:
A) Acquisition, funding, and redevelopment timeline
B) The financing options for these projects
C) Key variables
Participants will leave with a greater understanding of what steps are necessary to bring the project to fruition and what financial tools exist in today’s market.

Reimagine Downtown – Everything’s Waiting for You

Ray Moeller, NBAC
Tighe Bullock, Crawford Holdings
Taylor Carroll, Ramboll
Dustin Smith, Woodlands Development Group
Stacy Raffo, Whistle Punk Grill & Taphouse


We all have a perception regarding the potential of and challenges around, redevelopment in the traditional downtowns of West Virginia. How about we hear from several who have been intimately engaged in the task, consider the struggle from varying angles, and team up to discuss the approaches being put in play. We’ll finish with an interactive group discussion that provides insight on how Brownfield funding can help advance your community vision. We welcome community members, leaders, and stakeholders to join us – Bring your top strategies with you!

Lunch with Keynote Presentations

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm


George Carico, WV Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University
Patrick Kirby, Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center
Cosmo Servidio, US Environmental Protection Agency

Breakout Sessions

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

DEP & Me

Laura Cooper, WVDEP
Brian Bridgewater, WVDEP
Rick Adams, WVDEP


If “What permits do I need?!” has ever entered your mind, this is the workshop for you. The DEP Division of Water folks will answer that question and help you through the process. Find out what projects require 404 permits, when you need a state water quality certification, and how you should handle construction stormwater. Presenters from DEP will guide you through what they cover, why it’s important, and how you can get what you need for your Brownfields construction. Conference attendees involved in construction and environmental compliance are encouraged to attend.

This Land is Mine Land

Vince Maiden, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Daniel Kestner, Virginia Division of Mines, Minerals, and Energy

  Nick Polier from Virginia Division of Mines, Minerals, and Energy

Taylor Brown, Sun Tribe Solar 

Adam Wells, Appalachian Voices

Joey James, Downstream Strategies


Appalachia is in a moment of profound change. As the region struggles to build a new
economy amidst the decline of the coal industry, communities are looking to develop
innovative economic solutions on formerly mined lands. The Abandoned Mine Land (AML) fund was established in the late 1970s to remediate historic coal mining sites across
the country. Recent attention on economic diversification and revitalization in Appalachian
coal country has led to new funding streams, such as AML Pilot, which pair land
restoration with efforts to diversify local economies in coal country. This session will share
stories from the field and best practices from experts from West Virginia and Virginia.
Speakers include people who have spearheaded successful project development and implementation efforts- leveraging millions in federal funding for innovative mine reclamation and next-generation economic development projects across Appalachian coal country. 

Bang For Your Buck – Making the Most of Your EPA Brownfields Grant

Patrick Kirby, NBAC
Sarah Stoneking, Ramboll
ROb Dlugos, CEC


An EPA Assessment Grant opens a wealth of opportunity for your community to move redevelopment projects forward and close gaps predevelopment funding gaps in due diligence and site reuse planning. Often assessing as many sites as possible can lead to frustration with the process and perhaps lead to less willingness to participate. Participants will learn how the EPA assessment dollars can be used creatively to reduce clean-up costs, address other project feasibility questions, advance remediation planning, and other important considerations to maximize the value of the assessments brings to your projects and community.

You’re Not Alone: Dealing with Building Abandonment Issues

Carrie Staton, WVU BAD Buildings
AJ Hammond, WVU BAD Buildings
Nicole Dias, WVU BAD Buildings


Abandoned and dilapidated buildings dot the landscape of communities of all sizes in
West Virginia. Many groups across the state, including community stakeholders, nonprofit service providers, and private funders, are working to alleviate this issue and the many things it impacts. Those groups have come together to form the Abandoned Properties Coalition, which is dedicated to pursuing the revitalization of abandoned and dilapidated properties across West Virginia through sustainable planning and policies that positively contribute to community well-being. Learn more about what the APC is doing statewide on this key issue and how you can get involved.

Networking Break & Exhibitor Expo

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Project Showcase

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

It’s the fast-dealing brownfield redevelopment game where projects buy, sell, dream, and scheme their way to redevelopment! Join projects from the Foundation for Overcoming Challenges and Utilizing Strengths (FOCUS WV) program as you make your way around the board in search of the most inspiring brownfield project. FOCUS WV catalyzes community-based brownfield projects in West Virginia by providing local project redevelopment stakeholders with technical and financial assistance to find solutions to redevelopment barriers.  Project champions will present on their properties to participants looking for ways to invest and advise in this interactive and exciting session.

Networking Reception
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Sponsored by Environmental Standards

Thursday, September 12

Continental Breakfast & Registration
8:00 am – 9:15 am

Women in Brownfields Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:15 am


Kelly Nix, WVU


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.

From our speaker: Taking 100% Responsibility for your Life is fundamental to creating a successful life.  It is the core principle on which everything else is based.  You are creating your experiences, your success, the quality of your relationships, and your health by your thoughts, beliefs and the visual images you focus on.….and you have total control over all of this.  Once you clean up your messes and incompletes, you will find clean space to reach your greatest potential!

9:15 am – 10:15 am

Brownfield State & Federal Updates


Casey Korbini, WVDEP
Joseph Nowak, US EPA Region 3


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 brownfield projects.

Main Street/ON TRAC Roundtables

Networking Break & Exhibitor Expo

10:15 am – 10:45 am

Breakout Sessions

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Happy Trees & Happy Trails: Lessons Learned from Rail Trail Development

Ross Brittain, WVDEP
Kelly Pack, RTC
Michael Musso, HDR
Meade Anderson, VADEQ


The conversion of railways to rail trails has become a popular way to develop communities and make them more attractive for businesses to invest and individuals to settle in them. Several communities in WV have already taken steps to develop rail trails and have learned from these experiences. To encourage similar community development, WVDEP has developed Rail Trail Guidance to streamline the Voluntary Remediation Program process for rail trail sites. The expert panel will provide guidance to communities on the development of rail trails and the VRP process while sharing the lessons learned thus far. The panel discussion will end with an opportunity for town hall-style questions and answers to address specific issues and provide more examples.

What a Tool: Using Digital Media to Promote Economic Growth

M.E. Yancosek Gamble
Alex Weld, Wheeling Heritage
Pat Ford, BDC
Norm Schwertfeger, WVU
Larry Swanson


In an increasingly connected world, those in economic development can take advantage of technology to help our lives. In the Northern Panhandle, several organizations have worked on cataloging holdings digitally so as to assist developers and funders. We show how to maximize social and digital media to help partners to cross-promote content. Bu using digital and social media, the Northern Panhandle is taking every opportunity to increase awareness of development opportunities in a way that drives change and creates connections. We are proud of the progress with our online platforms and want others to know about our tools to attract and publicize development opportunities for all

Innovative Approaches to Covering Your Assets

Lydia Work, Environmental Standards
Mary Gerding, Hylant
David Biss, Eisenstein Malanchuk LLC


For most Brownfield sites, some type of catalyst is needed to jump start remediation. Removing uncertainty can make all the difference. Often overlooked and underutilized solutions for Brownfields redevelopment include utilizing historic liability insurance, purchase of specialty premises pollution insurance to address unknowns, and transfer of known or suspected environmental liability to a willing third party. These ideas alone or aggregated may offset the liability and expense of redeveloping contaminated property.

The panel will describe what to expect from historic insurance policies issued during the 1940s through the 1980s; the components of a modern environmental insurance policy; and the benefits of a liability transfer agreement. Included will be case studies and overview of the intake process for each strategy including typical cost and terms.

Historic Preservation, Adaptive Reuse,  and Downtown Revitalization in Post-Industrial Cities

Kelli Shapiro, Preservation Alliance of West Virginia

Betsy Sweeny, Wheeling Heritage


West Virginia is home to many historic, post-industrial cities and towns.  In these places,
vacant and dilapidated buildings are plentiful, and their preservation can seem daunting.
The successful reuse of aging building stock is reliant upon the use of preservation incentives.  Wheeling Heritage’s strategic approach to revitalization through preservation offers examples of how these projects can come to fruition, and how their success can catalyze community and economic development. Sweeny will summarize the holistic preservation approach Wheeling Heritage uses in Wheeling.  Shapiro will discuss success
stories of historic industrial sites (such as  factories and warehouses) in the Mid-Atlantic
that have been  converted to new uses, like housing and offices – often through utilizing
preservation grants, historic tax credits, and other mechanisms.

Lunch featuring WV Brownfield Awards & Main Street/ON TRAC Volunteer Awards

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

The Cost of Change: A Conversation with Folks that Fund Revitalization


Patrick Kirby, Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center

Mary Hunt, Claude W. Benedum Foundation

Ethan Hamblin, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Kent Spellman, The One Foundation


Revitalization requires hard work, hope, vision, and resources.  Brownfields Project champions, many put in that position accidentally, typically have the goal of reusing the site to address a community need.  Come learn what outcomes of brownfields redevelopment excites regional philanthropic leaders.  Listen in on a conversation between the Appalachian Funders Network, the Just Transition Fund, and the Claude W. Benedum Foundation to learn what aspects of your project overlap with their priorities and tips on how to turn the hard work you have put into your vision into resources that will increase the hope felt about
your community’s future.


2:45 pm – 3:00 pm