Posts Tagged ‘NBAC’

New Cumberland Eyesores Being Redeveloped

Written by Luli Ortiz, WTOV 9 on . Posted in Media, News

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. — New Cumberland city officials are presenting a redevelopment plan that would affect the entire city.

If you’ve been to downtown New Cumberland, you’ve probably noticed vacant buildings and areas in need of improvement, but change may be coming faster than you think.

At Monday’s council meeting, officials discussed plans to demolish two buildings that have been vacant for more than 20 years.

“This is a combination of a lot of teamwork and hard work to start building a vision. We can start to dream tonight,” Mayor McNeil said.

The former Call’s Variety Store buildings along N. Chester St. were purchased by the Business Development Corporation last year.

“With the guidance of the Northern West Virginia Brownfield Assistance Center, they have put together some visions for us, and now we’re getting a chance to look, talk with each other and decide how we want this property to develop,” McNeil said.

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NBAC’s Carrie Staton nominated for WVU’s Climb Higher award

Written by Kathy Jeseperson, NRCCE on . Posted in Blog, News

Morgantown, W.Va. – Congratulations to Carrie Staton who was recognized by West Virginia University‘s “Climb Higher” campaign this month (March 2016). Carrie has worked for the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center for four years and was recently appointed as the center’s associate director. She also recently accepted an invitation to participate in the 2016 Class of Leadership West Virginia. The Climb Higher nomination represents how much Carrie’s colleagues believe in her.

Climb Higher acknowledges Mountaineers who are helping WVU improve lives; people who go the extra mile to help the university grow in impact and stature. Nominations are submitted by coworkers and supervisors. Carrie’s nomination reads as follows:

“Carrie Staton works in the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center which is housed in the West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University. Carrie is a driving force behind the revitalization of brownfields in West Virginia. Through the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative, a program Carrie developed, she works tirelessly helping communities capture the maximum economic, environmental and social benefit from the remediation and reuse of brownfields. She has presented several times at regional, national, and international conferences on her collaborative model for redevelopment and stakeholder engagement.

Carrie Staton presenting Kingwood City Council with a redevelopment grant for the city’s recycling program.

Carrie Staton presenting Kingwood City Council with a redevelopment grant for the city’s recycling program.

Carrie has played a key role in being awarded more than $1 million in redevelopment grants to WVU and West Virginia communities. She was also among 55 leaders from across the state to accept invitations to the 2016 Class of Leadership West Virginia. Her work ethic and dedication to the betterment of West Virginia are in keeping with the highest traditions of West Virginia University.”

Carrie’s leadership skills have helped her excel and bring the NBAC and West Virginia University into the spotlight. At the NRCCE, we believe that Carrie will continue to climb higher, and we thank her for all she does.

-NRCCE-

NBAC Director Testifies on BUILD Act Before U.S. Senate Committee

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

On March 2, Senate Hearing 2Patrick 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.

Watch Kirby’s testimony here (his testimony begins at 1:21:30) or you can find a pdf version of his testimony here.

West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers To Host Annual Conference September 7 in Charleston

Written by Andrew Stacy on . Posted in Blog, Events, News

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