Save the date: West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers to host annual conference Sept. 12-14 in Morgantown

Written by Andrew Stacy on . Posted in Blog, Events, News

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 2017 #WVBrownfields Conference, hosted by the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers, will take place at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, W.Va. on Sept. 12-14.

The theme for this year’s conference is Ready, Set, Redevelop. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural Central Appalachian Regional Brownfields Summit, West Virginia will again host this regional event on Sept. 14.

The event kicks off on Sept. 12 with training for licensed remediation specialists, a grant writing workshop, and mobile workshops highlighting brownfields projects in Morgantown. The first full day of the conference, Sept. 13, will feature programming and sessions related to brownfield redevelopment in West Virginia. The second day, Sept. 14, will feature sessions covering regional brownfields topics impacting Central Appalachia.

This premier redevelopment event attracts over 250 stakeholders including economic development professionals, environmental professionals, real estate developers, lawyers, state and local officials, EPA and other federal officials, entrepreneurs, planners, bankers, investors, and community redevelopment professionals.

“Each year, our number of attendees has increased and this year should be no different,” said Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University.

“As a new part of the conference, we will host a “Women in Brownfields” gathering and for the second year in a row we will have pre-conference workshops and host the Central Appalachian Regional Brownfields Summit. The opportunity to showcase the amazing work happening in West Virginia and other Central Appalachian states is something we take great pride in. The revitalization of brownfield properties is instrumental in our state and region’s future economic development.”

The conference is in its 12th year and has become a “can’t miss” event for the state’s redevelopment stakeholders. Last year, over 300 people registered for the event. The conference will feature exceptional educational programs covering all aspects of brownfields redevelopment including: deal structuring and financing, abandoned and dilapidated buildings, grant writing, media engagement, community action on brownfields, and much more.

More details including registration, sponsor and exhibitor information will be coming soon to www.wvbrownfields.org. Sign-up for our mailing list and get the latest updates straight to your inbox.

West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers help secure more than $1.9 million in EPA funding

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Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded more than $1.9 million in Brownfields grants to revitalize former industrial sites and promote economic development in West Virginia. With the assistance of the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers, the state received 49 percent of the EPA grant funding awarded to the Mid-Atlantic region.

“We are thrilled to learn that West Virginia has once again done well in securing funding through the highly competitive EPA brownfield grants program,” said Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University.

“We know this investment from the EPA will help spark further investment from the public and private sectors. The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers work hard to provide assistance to these communities and we look forward to seeing the positive results of these projects.”

The EPA Brownfield Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup grants go to communities that are underserved and economically disadvantaged, including neighborhoods where environmental cleanup and new jobs are most needed. In total, six West Virginia projects were awarded funding.

The Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle was awarded a Brownfield Coalition Assessment Grant totaling $600,000, the maximum award allowed. The Assessment grant will assist the BDC in the environmental assessment and repurposing of potentially contaminated properties in Brooke and Hancock counties in West Virginia and Jefferson County in Ohio. The BDC was also awarded $158,500 in EPA Clean-up Grants that will be used to repurpose two sites in Hancock County.

“The award of these grants is a recognition of the great work that the BDC is doing in the region,” said Kirby. “The BDC is a valued partner in our shared work to redevelop brownfields into economic development opportunities for the state and its citizens.”

The City of Thomas was awarded a $200,000 Clean-up Grant to help address the city’s riverfront property. The Wayne County Economic Development Authority was also awarded a $200,000 Clean-up grant to repurpose the former Kenova Grade School.

“The Wayne County EDA has had great success with its existing EPA brownfields assessment grant, including an environmental assessment of the former Kenova Elementary School facility,” said George Carico, director of the Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University.

“Now they have a cleanup grant for removal of asbestos-containing materials in the structure, so they can move forward with demolition of the structure, followed by redevelopment of the property. There’s been a great deal of interest in this site for future re-use, and this cleanup grant is the much-needed next step in the process.”

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection was awarded a highly competitive $820,000 EPA Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grant that will capitalize a West Virginia Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund and provide incentive for businesses to remediate brownfields in the Ohio Valley.

“The WVDEP’s Revolving Loan Fund Grant is a whole new aspect of brownfields redevelopment,” said Carico.

“This grant will help stimulate economic development in a twelve county region along the Ohio Valley. By combining funding for environmental assessment purposes and loans for cleanup of environmental impacts and related use, projects will be able to move forward with fewer hurdles.”

CONTACT: Andrew Stacy, West Virginia Water Research Institute
304.293.7085, astacy@mail.wvu.edu

Early Bird Registration is Open for the 2016 #WVBrownfields Conference

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Register by August 5 to receive the early bird rate

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Early bird registration is now open for the 2016 #WVBrownfields Conference. The event, hosted by the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers, will be held Sept. 7-8 at the Marriott Town Center in Charleston.

“Reclaim. Restore. Revitalize.” is the theme for this year’s conference, which will feature sessions covering all aspects of brownfields redevelopment, including project financing and deal structuring, downtown redevelopment, community engagement, specialty training on remediation, networking receptions, and the inaugural Central Appalachian Regional Brownfields Summit on Sept. 8.

“We are very excited for this year’s conference and we are particularly excited about partnering with other Central Appalachian states, agencies and service providers to host the Central Appalachian Regional Brownfields Summit,” said Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University.

“Part of figuring out the redevelopment puzzle is collaboration and learning from others. We feel that the West Virginia Brownfields Conference is the perfect forum for that regional collaboration and the Summit will be something that is beneficial to both West Virginia and the Central Appalachian Region.”

The 2016 #WVBrownfields Conference will kick off with three pre-conference workshops on the afternoon of Sept. 6, followed by a Networking Welcome Reception. The first full day of the Conference, Sept. 7, will feature programming and sessions related to brownfield redevelopment in West Virginia, followed that evening by a Regional Networking Reception. The second day, Sept. 8, will feature sessions covering regional brownfields topics impacting Central Appalachia.

This premier redevelopment event attracts over 200 stakeholders including regional EPA officials, economic development professionals, real estate developers, lawyers, state and local officials, environmental professionals, entrepreneurs, planners, bankers, investors, and community redevelopment professionals.

For more information, to register, and to consider becoming a sponsor or exhibitor for the 2016 #WVBrownfields Conference, visit the Conference webpage.

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CONTACT: Andrew Stacy, West Virginia Water Research Institute
304.293.7085, astacy@mail.wvu.edu

NBAC’s Carrie Staton nominated for WVU’s Climb Higher award

Written by Kathy Jeseperson, NRCCE on . Posted in Blog, News

Morgantown, W.Va. – Congratulations to Carrie Staton who was recognized by West Virginia University‘s “Climb Higher” campaign this month (March 2016). Carrie has worked for the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center for four years and was recently appointed as the center’s associate director. She also recently accepted an invitation to participate in the 2016 Class of Leadership West Virginia. The Climb Higher nomination represents how much Carrie’s colleagues believe in her.

Climb Higher acknowledges Mountaineers who are helping WVU improve lives; people who go the extra mile to help the university grow in impact and stature. Nominations are submitted by coworkers and supervisors. Carrie’s nomination reads as follows:

“Carrie Staton works in the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center which is housed in the West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University. Carrie is a driving force behind the revitalization of brownfields in West Virginia. Through the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative, a program Carrie developed, she works tirelessly helping communities capture the maximum economic, environmental and social benefit from the remediation and reuse of brownfields. She has presented several times at regional, national, and international conferences on her collaborative model for redevelopment and stakeholder engagement.

Carrie Staton presenting Kingwood City Council with a redevelopment grant for the city’s recycling program.

Carrie Staton presenting Kingwood City Council with a redevelopment grant for the city’s recycling program.

Carrie has played a key role in being awarded more than $1 million in redevelopment grants to WVU and West Virginia communities. She was also among 55 leaders from across the state to accept invitations to the 2016 Class of Leadership West Virginia. Her work ethic and dedication to the betterment of West Virginia are in keeping with the highest traditions of West Virginia University.”

Carrie’s leadership skills have helped her excel and bring the NBAC and West Virginia University into the spotlight. At the NRCCE, we believe that Carrie will continue to climb higher, and we thank her for all she does.

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