NBAC Welcomes New Brownfields Redevelopment Specialist

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Anna Withrow has joined the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center (NBAC) as its new brownfields 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. Withrow, earned her master’s degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design at West Virginia University in 2015. In addition, she has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Marshall University.

“I am happy that my work at the Center [NBAC] will involve working with a variety of communities to improve and protect the wildlife and resources of this state that I love,” said Withrow.

In her new role with NBAC, she will work with local project stakeholders to perform site analyses, facilitate visioning meetings, create conceptual plans and perform various other tasks to move redevelopment projects forward.

“My education in Landscape Architecture allows me to observe, analyze, and design spaces with reference to spatial data, development trends, sustainability standards, and site programming,” she continued. “My experience working on the adaptive reuse of brownfields properties allowed me to work closely with communities to explore and identify practical reuse plans.”

Prior to pursuing her master’s degree, Withrow taught mathematics in Southern West Virginia and worked as an adventure guide on the New River Gorge.

“Having lived in Putnam, Cabell, Fayette and Monongalia Counties, I have a deep appreciation for West Virginia’s wild lands and Appalachian culture,” said Withrow. “The NBAC is building community capacity and boosting local economies through encouraging redevelopments on previously developed lands. This is helping to keep the state’s greenfields green, among other benefits. As a lifelong resident and explorer of the state, I value the Center’s mission and am happy to join the effort.”

Withrow brings a wealth of experience to the NBAC. She has experience with hand rendering, site mapping, place analysis, parcel research, mixed-media design, construction drawings, document layouts and printing and narrative photography. Her professional interests include riparian restoration, stormwater management, whole-systems thinking, urban agriculture, and historic preservation.

“We’re fortunate to have Ms. Withrow as an addition to our staff,” said Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center. “Her education and past experience are a great fit to our team. With the addition of Ms. Withrow, we look forward to the opportunity to engage more local communities and assist in their redevelopment needs.”

Contact:
Andrew Stacy, Public Relations Coordinator, West Virginia Water Research Institute
(304) 293-7085
astacy@mail.wvu.edu

Early Bird Registration For West Virginia Brownfields Conference Ends August 14

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The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers will host its 10th annual West Virginia Brownfields Conference on September 15 and 16 at the Erickson Alumni Center at West Virginia University. Early Bird registration for the Conference ends on August 14.

“We’re particularly excited this year to reflect on ten years of brownfields redevelopment in West Virginia with a lunch keynote address by West Virginia DEP Secretary Randy Huffman,” said Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University.

“We’re very thankful that several regional EPA representatives will be in attendance again with a keynote by Shawn Garvin the EPA Region III administrator. We’re also excited to host the first-ever conference Redevelopment Expert Exchange, which gives individual community members the opportunity to learn from redevelopment leaders around the state in an experience-sharing exchange. For those needing LRS and LED credits, we’ll have those too.”

This premier redevelopment event attracts 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. The Redevelopment Expert Exchange on Wednesday, September 16 will be by appointment only.

The Exchange matches redevelopment leaders from across the state with communities facing similar opportunities and challenges, allowing communities to learn from the best practices and experiences of their peers across the state.

For more information, to register, and to consider becoming a sponsor or exhibitor for the 2015 West Virginia Brownfields Conference, visit http://wvbrownfields.org/2015-wv-brownfields-conference/.

To sign-up for an Exchange appointment or volunteer as an expert, contact Carrie Staton at carrie.staton@mail.wvu.edu

For more information on the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers visit www.wvbrownfields.org.