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

Written by Andrew Stacy on . Posted in Media, News, Uncategorized

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.

Call for Presentations – 2014 WV Brownfields Conference

Written by cdspringston on . Posted in Events, News, Uncategorized

The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers are currently seeking presentation proposals to fill limited slots for the 2014 WV Brownfields Conference in Huntington, WV on September 11-12

Example presentation topics include: 

  • Finance and funding mechanisms
  • Liability and risk mitigation
  • Site redevelopment strategies
  • Other redevelopment related ideas, case studies, and best practices.

The WV Brownfields Conference anticipates presentation formats to include expert panels, interactive workshops, and technical training. 

To submit your presentation proposal, download this proposal form, enter your information, save it, and email to carico@marshall.edu by March 3, 2014.  Scanned copies are also acceptable. 

Download the 2014 presentation proposal form.

For more information on the Conference and the types of presentations we’re looking for, visit our 2014 West Virginia Brownfields Conference page.