WV Brownfields Assistance Centers Honor Leaders in Brownfield Redevelopment

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Leaders from across the state were recognized for their work in brownfield redevelopment earlier this month. The WV Brownfields Assistance Centers presented the 2017 WV Brownfield Awards to five projects, organizations, and individuals who have demonstrated strong commitments to redevelopment. Award categories included: Economic Development, Community Engagement, Environmental Impact, Local Leadership, and Brownfields Visionary. Economic Development: Jeffrey Lusk and the Hatfield McCoy Trails were honored for their work in McDowell County on the development of a new trailhead facility for the Pocahontas Trail System. This project will yield economic development success for the Trail Authority, the Town of Bramwell, Mercer County, and the adjacent private business, demonstrating that underground storage tank issues do not have to stop new economic development. Community Engagement: The Morgan County Recreational Complex in Berkeley Springs was honored for the project team’s commitment to creative and comprehensive community engagement.  Over the course of the project, they have worked closely with teachers, school officials, students, parents, and other networks of organizations to ensure that the reuse of the site met the community’s needs. Environmental Impact: The project team on the Trimodal Terminal Project in Follansbee were honored for their vision, risk taking, and perseverance in remediating over 400 acres of former Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation property. Project leads and property owners Jim Joseph and Scotty Ewusiak noted that the success of this project would have been impossible without the commitment of the full team, including the WVDEP, US EPA, and Lydia Work at Environmental Standards. The project was further supported by a loan from the Power of 32 Site Development Fund, managed by Callay Capital. Local Leadership: New Historic Thomas and the City of Thomas were recognized as the Local Leaders of the year for their work in revitalizing the city through the inventorying, assessing, remediating, and redeveloping brownfield sites. Through the exceptional collaboration between city officials and New Historic Thomas, the city has been awarded over half a million dollars in grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program and the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center and leveraged significant additional grant funds and private investment for revitalization/redevelopment. and Brownfields Visionary. Brownfields Visionary: Matt Ward, who has played a major role in the national and statewide brownfield movements since their beginnings over 20 years ago, received the Brownfields Visionary Award, which recognizes an exemplary individual or organization that has shown innovation and vision in the redevelopment of brownfields with major statewide impact. Mat has worked as a consultant to the US EPA Brownfields and Land Revitalization Office since 1997 and helped dozens of communities across the nation secure brownfield resources and implement revitalization strategies. “Brownfields redevelopment requires vision, persistence, and tenacity.  West Virginia is lucky to have individuals and organizations that have all three of those characteristics,” said Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center Director Patrick Kirby.  “All of the 2017 Brownfield Award winners bring an additional ingredient to the mix – catalytic leadership that has changed the course of the communities they are working in.” Read more about the 2017 WV Brownfield Awards recipients.

Groups Target Huntington Revitalization

Written by Brandon Roberts, The Herald-Dispatch on . Posted in Events, Media, News, Uncategorized

HUNTINGTON – A forum hosted by the city of Huntington and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday brought together leaders of various local, state and federal agencies to provide guidance on moving Huntington’s revitalization plan forward.

The daylong forum, which took place at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Conference Center, was among the first of its kind under the EPA’s “Making a Visible Difference in Communities” initiative.

Huntington was one of 53 communities nationwide the EPA selected to participate in the initiative, which aims to coordinate technical assistance across EPA programs and other federal agencies to support communities with brownfield and other old industrial sites as they pursue environmental improvements that enhance economic opportunities.

“Huntington must begin to think of itself on the scale of Philadelphia or Chicago,” said Huntington Mayor Steve Williams during his opening remarks. “This forum serves as a huge opportunity for local, state and federal agencies to form partnerships.”

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U.S. House Subcommittee Hearing on the Reauthorization of The EPA’s Brownfields Program

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Listen to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other panel members provide testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment regarding the reauthorization of the EPA’s Brownfields Program. The hearing took place at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

For more information about the hearing, visit the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee website here.

Second Round of Renewable Energy Applications on WV Surface-Mined Lands Request for Proposals Released

Written by George Carico on . Posted in Archive, Funding, Media, News, Uncategorized

The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University is announcing a second round of competition for Renewable Energy Grants on Surface-Mined Lands. 

The objective of this project is to demonstrate and increase renewable energy output on surface-mined land properties.  Renewable energy project examples include the use of wind, solar or hydro for electrical generation, solar water heating, and planting of biomass crops for potential energy production.  Eligible projects must involve use of former or current surface-mined property in West Virginia.  Funding for this initiative is being provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission and the West Virginia Division of Energy.

Funding requests of up to $40,000 will be considered.  Average proposal amounts are expected to be in the $25,000 to $35,000 range.  Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, units of local government, non-profit organizations, quasi-governmental entities, West Virginia school systems and West Virginia state agencies.  Complete eligibility guidelines, match funding requirements, and application instructions are included in the Request For Proposal. 

Applications are due on or before February 18th, 2014. 

A copy of the Request For Proposal can be downloaded here.