The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers are teaching revitalization and redevelopment at their annual conference.
The Centers brought together more than 300 people for the three day conference and Central Appalachian Regional Brownfields Summit on Thursday.
“As Morgantown and Monongalia County grow, there are a lot of sites that have been redeveloped,” said Patrick Kirby, Director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University. We wanted to take people downtown, show them some neat things that are happening that are really exciting right now, but some have had to take environmental cleanup.”
Brownfields are any site that would be redeveloped, but there is either real or perceived contamination. The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers help to clean that up.
“There are big projects that we’ve all driven by that same site that looks to big to tackle,” said Kirby. “If they just do what they can in their community, they can reach out to us for assistance and they can tackle those problems.”READ MORE
Patrick Kirby, director of Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center, explains how WVU helps cities and counties in the state deal with BAD buildings – Blighted, Abandoned and Dilapidated structures that degrade the quality of life in our communities. Gary Bowden interviews Kirby as part of his WAJR radio broadcast. Go to the podcast here (starts at 27:38).
The Women in Brownfields Breakfast 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 professional development, as well as to encourage other women to enter the field. The program will feature a keynote address from Susan Kemnitzer, 2016 West Virginia Wonder Woman, and information on additional networking opportunities in the future. The event will be held in conjunction with the 2017 #WVBrownfields Conference at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center on September 14 from 7:30 AM – 9:30 am.
Have breakfast, network, and share your experiences with other women working in brownfield redevelopment as we look for new ways to work together, support one another, and encourage more women to tackle the challenging, but rewarding, work that we do.
CONTACT: Andrew Stacy, West Virginia Water Research Institute