Posts Tagged ‘West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers’

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

-NBAC- as/03/02/16 Updated: 4/1/16

NBAC Seeking Applications for Economic Redevelopment Specialist

Written by Andrew Stacy on . Posted in Blog, Job Opportunities, News

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 and click on the “View Jobs” link.

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2016 EPA Brownfields Funding Opportunities Released

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

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

Written by Andrew Stacy on . Posted in Blog, News

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

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, 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 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.


Contact: Luke Elser, Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center