NBAC Welcomes New Staff Member

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Kate Greene has joined the NBAC staff as its new Economic Redevelopment Coordinator.

Kate Greene has joined the staff of the NBAC as its new Economic Redevelopment Coordinator.

The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center (NBAC) is pleased to announce the addition of Kate Greene as its new Economic Redevelopment Specialist. The NBAC is a program of the West Virginia Water Research Institute located at the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University.

“I’m excited to be engaged in redevelopment projects across the state,” said Greene.

As Economic Redevelopment Specialist, Greene will oversee downtown redevelopment projects and initiatives, including community interaction and outreach, capacity building, developing relationships with partners, and engaging with public and private sectors to coordinate data-driven development in rural downtown communities.

Greene brings a wealth of experience to the NBAC and they are thrilled to have her on board.

“We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Greene as an addition to our staff,” said Patrick Kirby, NBAC Director. “Her prior experience in the redevelopment process is a great asset to the NBAC. With Mrs. Greene on board, we look forward to the opportunity to engage more local communities and assist in their redevelopment needs.”

Greene comes to the NBAC following her work as Executive Director of Main Street Fairmont where she helped address the city’s aging infrastructure, focusing specifically on dilapidated commercial structures and brownfields. Greene said that she learned a lot during her experience with Main Street Fairmont but wanted to use her knowledge to make an impact statewide.

“I learned from those experiences at Main Street Fairmont that my passion for community development lies as much in reshaping the built environment as it does in rallying the citizens to take ownership of the change,” said Greene. “The NBAC was a partner on more than one of our priority projects at Main Street, and more than once it occurred to me that if I ever had the chance to be on the Brownfields team – leading redevelopment at a statewide level – I would throw my hat in the ring.”

Prior to her work with Main Street Fairmont, Greene lived in Montana as the Director of Marketing for a boutique guest ranch. It was during this time that she found her calling.

“I lived for 17 years in a mountain community in Montana that was missing some critical resources for the residents and I worked, as a citizen, to change that,” said Greene. “My work in community organizing opened the door for work with city leaders, which then lead to interactions at the state level. Those grassroots efforts mattered and from then on, I knew that I wanted a spot at the development table.”

A native of Fairmont, it was Greene’s passion for her hometown and the Mountain State that ultimately brought her home. “I was born and raised here, and after years away, I’ve come home to raise my kids in the same town where I grew up,” she said. “I believe that together we can change the conversation about what it means to be West Virginia proud.”

NBAC Seeking Applications for Economic Redevelopment Specialist

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The West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) seeks to hire an Economic Redevelopment Specialist in the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University. This position will oversee the Downtown Appalachia initiative, including community interaction and outreach, program and project management, capacity building, developing relationships with partners, and engaging with public and private sectors to coordinate data-driven development in rural downtown communities. Through downtown revitalization, this position will help communities establish sustainable economic development initiatives that will enhance the well-being and quality of life of the people of West Virginia, attract investment to communities, and maximize resources in the state.

A bachelor’s degree in public policy, public administration, business administration or a related discipline is required, as well as 5 – 7 years of experience in economic development. A combination of education and experience will be considered. A valid driver’s license is required. Community outreach experience interacting with a wide variety of individuals such as the public, researchers, business personnel, state and federal agency personnel is preferred.

Competitive salary and benefits package offered. For a complete job description and to apply for this position, please visit http://hr.research.wvu.edu and click on the “View Jobs” link.


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2016 EPA Brownfields Funding Opportunities Released

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The EPA has released the Request for Proposals and guidelines for their FY 2016 Brownfields Funding Opportunities. These brownfields grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding are as follows:

Brownfields Assessment Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years; Assessment Coalitions are funded up to $600,000 over three years)

Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund Grants (each funded up to $1,000,000 over five years)

Brownfields Cleanup Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years).

Visit the FY16 EPA Brownfields Funding Opportunities homepage

The proposal submission deadline is December 18, 2015.

Grant Writing Assistance

The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center will be conducting two grant writing webinars to assist in preparing your FY 2016 EPA Brownfields grant. The webinars will take place Tuesday, November 10 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM and Wednesday, November 18 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. More detailed information on the webinars, including instructions on how to connect, will be released soon.




Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center launches BAD Buildings program website and toolkit

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A highly visible abandoned and dilapidated building in downtown Fairmont, WV.

A highly visible abandoned and dilapidated building in downtown Fairmont, WV.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers are pleased to announce the rollout of the West Virginia Brownfield, Abandoned and Dilapidated (BAD) Buildings website and toolkit. The BAD Buildings toolkit is an invaluable resource designed specifically for West Virginia communities to help them address the issue of blighted, abandoned, and dilapidated properties, accessed via wvbadbuildings.org.

The West Virginia BAD Buildings Program is a statewide initiative that provides communities with technical assistance, tools, resources, and a clear implementation process to address their problem properties.

Through wvbadbuildings.org, communities can download tools and templates to:

• Survey and prioritize buildings
• Engage a property owner
• Prevent blight
• Build a partnership network
• Address demolition and deconstruction
• Manage a brownfield

Tools include the BAD Building survey sheet, inventory, prioritization grid, letter templates, and a community beautification guide.

Visitors to wvbadbuildings.org will also find success stories from West Virginia communities who have tackled blight through local programs, volunteer efforts, and municipal ordinances. These stories include contact information so that communities can connect and learn from each other’s experiences.

The site also includes links to grants and loans for projects related to historic preservation, community building, economic development, demolition and deconstruction, and links to regional resources. The front page features news stories highlighting events and information relating to the abandoned and dilapidated building issue.

BAD Buildings is a program of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center, which is housed in the West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University.

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Contact: Luke Elser, Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center
304.293.6990, luke.elser@mail.wvu.edu