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Upshur County Releases RFQ for Cleanup Project

Written by Carrie Staton on . Posted in Uncategorized

The Upshur County Commission received an EPA Cleanup Grant for remediation activities at the Upshur County Youth Camp Tar Pit. As part of this cleanup project, the Upshur County Commission will retain an environmental or engineering firm to provide professional and technical services necessary to undertake remediation planning activities. The activities include producing plans and specifications for bidding for remediation services necessary for the completion of the Upshur County Youth Camp Tar Pit EPA Brownfields Cleanup Project. The firm will also be retained to provide environmental management and oversight of the site cleanup activities, including serving as the Licensed Remediation Specialist (LRS) of record to navigate the site through the West Virginia Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP). Finally, the firm will also hold responsibility for regular reporting to EPA Region 3, as required in the cooperative agreement. The Upshur County Youth Camp Tar Pit (the Tar Pit) is a half-acre of land situated on the western shore of the Buckhannon River in Selbyville, West Virginia that is part of the Upshur County Youth Camp Property.

For more information on the project and the RFQ process, download the RFQ here.

The deadline for the RFQ is February 28.

Embracing the Future, Letting Go of the Past

Written by Stacy Raffo on . Posted in Uncategorized

Highlighting New Opportunities in Richwood

The future was vividly on display last Thursday when the Developer’s Tour swung through Richwood. The Milltown Community Economic Development Group, in conjunction with Downtown Appalachia, hosted the event. The purpose of the tour is to bring together public and private funding entities with local current and potential business owners.

The tour began with a reception at the charming art gallery of Carma and Kevin Lawrenson in a restored historic building.   Stacy Raffo, Executive Director of the Mill Town organization and other state and local business leaders addressed the group on exciting opportunities for economic growth.  Jeromy Rose, a Richwood leader, talked about the surge in civic energy since the 2016 flood.  “We are on the cusp of a new decade,” he said as he recounted all the times throughout Richwood’s history when the town roared back stronger than ever after disasters like floods and fires.

California transplant Chuck Tousseing addressed the crowd of nearly 50 on the potential for Richwood to become a small-scale Silicon Valley. “‘Silicon Holler’ is real,” he said, as he explained how his non-profit Richwood Scientific has already trained close to 100 coders.  “I don’t just want this to be a tourist town where people visit,” he said, “I want it to be a place where people come to live.”   Tousseing has already hired several of his trainees and he hopes to attract more of his contacts in California who might enjoy the high speed broadband and unique lifestyle Richwood offers.

There was a lot of talk about the future of trails and biking.  Ray Moeller of the New River Gorge Regional Development Association shared ideas of how a town can capitalize on bikers, cyclists and ATV riders. “You’ve already passed an ordinance in Richwood to allow ATVs in town. ” He and others threw out ideas of how Richwood could build a niche economy around the needs of these kinds of tourists.  He mentioned the thriving local eateries and the Whistle Punk Grill & Taproom which will open in the spring in a 1920’s building on Main Street.

David Kahley and Eric Neice, are fund managers from the Pennsylvania, they invest exclusively in small trail towns in a three state region. Called The Progress Fund, Kahley’s company has a successful history in small town businesses they’ve funded like pubs, taverns, cafes, bike shops, river outfitters, pottery shops, B&Bs, cabins and campgrounds, wineries, hostels, distilleries, microbreweries, artisan cheese shops and more.  “We’ve funded over $60 million in small business projects, ” Kahley explained, “and we have a 2% failure rate.”  Much of their success comes from the way they assist new business owners with both money and support.

Former resident David Ward sees the AIR BNB movement as something Richwood could profit from, he traveled from Miami for the event.  “I am seriously thinking of moving back here and working from home. With the low cost of living, amazing broadband and outdoor recreation this place is like a secret paradise.”

After touring several buildings in town and learning about more potential projects and opportunities the tour ended up back at the corner of Main and Oakford for a reception.  Better things are coming and Richwood is ready to embrace the future.  As Jeromy Rose so aptly put it, “The good ole days are ahead of us.”  

BDC Application for Newell Porcelain Cleanup Available for Comment

Written by Carrie Staton on . Posted in Uncategorized

The Business Development Corporation will be seeking funding from the US EPA Brownfields program to fund cleanup at the Newell Porcelain site. Community stakeholders are invited to share their comments pm the draft proposal with the BDC in advance of submission on November 16.

Stakeholders can share comments at a public meeting on Wednesday, November 8 at 10 AM at the Newell Lions Club (510 Washington St, Newell, WV 26050) or via email to Anna Withrow at anna.withrow@mail.wvu.edu.

Download Draft Proposal

Download Draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives

 

BDC Application for Weirton Steel Cleanup Available for Comment

Written by Carrie Staton on . Posted in Uncategorized

The Business Development Corporation will be seeking funding from the US EPA Brownfields program to fund cleanup at the Weirton Steel site. Community stakeholders are invited to share their comments pm the draft proposal with the BDC in advance of submission on November 16.

Stakeholders can share comments at a public meeting on Wednesday, November 8 at 2 PM at the BDC offices (324A Penco Rd, Weirton, WV 26062) or via email to Anna Withrow at anna.withrow@mail.wvu.edu.

Download Draft Proposal

Download Draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives for Bottom House

Download Draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives for Gate 1 Office Building

Download Draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives for Electric Maintenance Building

Download Drat Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives for Ladle House

Download Draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives for Open Hearth Warehouse