On March 2, Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University, provided testimony on the BUILD Act before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works. The hearing focused on Senate Bill 1479, Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act of 2015, Senate Bill 2446, Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2016 and Discussion Draft of Good Samaritan Cleanup of Orphan Mines Act of 2016.In his testimony, Kirby discussed why the BUILD Act matters. Specifically, he noted that the BUILD Act expands the eligibility of certain types of property to apply for brownfields funds, expands eligible applicants to include non-profit organizations which are often the entity in the community best suited to help move the project forward and eliminated the prohibition of the use of the funds to cover administrative costs, which can be a large task.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Reclaim, Restore, Revitalize West Virginia. That’s the theme for the 11th annual West Virginia Brownfields Conference. The event, hosted by the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers, will take place September 7 at the Marriott Town Center in Charleston.
The conference features exceptional educational programs covering all aspects of brownfields redevelopment including: deal structuring and financing, abandoned and dilapidated buildings, grant writing, media engagement, remediation training for Licensed Remediation Specialists, community action on brownfields, and much more. New this year, the event will include pre-conference mobile workshops showcasing brownfields projects in the Kanawha Valley.
“We are very excited for this year’s conference, and we are particularly excited about the pre-conference workshops,” said Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University. “The opportunity to showcase the amazing work being done by communities in Southern West Virginia is something we couldn’t pass up. The revitalization of brownfield properties is instrumental in our state’s future economic development.”
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. More details including registration and exhibitor information coming soon. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive the latest Conference details, or visit www.wvbrownfields.org.-NBAC- as/03/02/16 Updated: 4/1/16
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center (NBAC) Associate Director Carrie Staton was one of 55 leaders from across the state to accept invitations to participate in the 2016 Class of Leadership West Virginia. Candidates were selected from a list of nominations that was submitted in late 2015.
Staton, who has worked for the NBAC for four years and recently stepped into the role of Associate Director, is excited for the opportunity to expand her knowledge through the Leadership West Virginia program.
“What drew me to the program was the emphasis not only on leadership skills but also on how those skills can be used to make a greater impact in West Virginia,” Staton said.
Staton, a native of Mullens, has a strong love for and commitment to West Virginia. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Nonprofit Administration from Bethany College, she worked briefly in park revitalization in underserved neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. before the draw of the mountains pulled her home to West Virginia to pursue a Master of Public Administration degree at West Virginia University. Since then, she has worked at the NBAC to help communities capture the maximum economic, environmental, and social benefit from the remediation and reuse of brownfields through a collaborative redevelopment process.
“At the end of the day, what’s most important to me is that I’ve made a difference, that I’ve helped the state and its communities improve for the benefit for those who live here,” Staton said, “I’m excited to find ways the relationships and knowledge I’ll build through Leadership West Virginia can help me better serve those communities across the state.”
Leadership West Virginia is now in its 25th year as the statewide education and leadership development program in West Virginia. The eight-month program identifies emerging leaders from a variety of employers throughout West Virginia and enhances their knowledge not only of the challenges facing the state, but also the state’s unique attributes and diversity. Recognizing that the cultivation of new leadership is of utmost importance to West Virginia’s future prosperity and progress, Leadership West Virginia works to develop and motivate a cross-section of leaders who will use their talents and abilities to inspire others and to foster a new spirit of energy, enthusiasm and vitality throughout the state. LWV is affiliated with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
“Each year, the class participants are selected from a list of top-quality applicants from around the state. Individuals are selected into the program because they demonstrate leadership skills and experiences in civic activities and in their professional careers,” said Pam Farris, Executive Director of Leadership West Virginia. “We continue to see an increase in the number of applicants each year and we are very pleased with the diversity of candidates in the 2016 class.”-NBAC-
On January 14, a new façade was unveiled at the Staats Hospital building, an iconic structure with a rich history in the West Side neighborhood of Charleston. The property sat vacant and dilapidated until West Side developer Crawford Holdings purchased the building in 2014. Since then, they have worked closely with West Side Main Street, Charleston Urban Renewal Authority, and the Charleston Area Alliance to begin remediation and redevelopment at the site. Using funding from those groups and the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office, Crawford Holdings restored the façade to its historic design. This is the first major milestone on a project that will bring housing and retail opportunities to the West Side.
The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center has been involved with the Staats Hospital project since 2012, when West Side Main Street first received a FOCUS WV Grant to begin redevelopment planning at the site. Since the purchase by Crawford Holdings, the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative has worked with the Charleston Area Alliance and the developer to continue that work, most recently awarding a $4,500 WVRC FAST Track grant at its Chopped event in January.