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Early Bird Registration For West Virginia Brownfields Conference Ends August 14

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

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

To sign-up for an Exchange appointment or volunteer as an expert, contact Carrie Staton at

For more information on the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers visit

EPA Lauds W.Va. Communities for Brownfields Redevelopment Statewide Bringing Economic Benefits While Protecting Public Health

Written by Bonnie Smith on . Posted in Media, News

Six new brownfields projects awarded more than $1.3 million

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (Sept. 11, 2014) Today at West Virginia’s Brownfields Conference the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin recognized six communities who received EPA brownfields grants this year for a total of $1.32 million. Mr. Garvin highlighted many successful brownfields projects and effective redevelopment strategies underway in West Virginia.

“I can’t overstate the importance of brownfields restoration – – which is spurring economic development, revitalizing communities and protecting people’s health and our environment here in West Virginia. and across the country,” Mr. Garvin said “This conference allows us to share successful strategies for redevelopment that can be adopted in other West Virginia communities.”

West Virginia’s 2014 EPA Brownfields grantees and projects recognized are:

1. Don Perdue, executive director and Carol Damron, executive assistant, representing the Wayne County Economic Development Authority receiving a $200,000 assessment grant – to conduct environmental assessments along the U.S. Route 52 corridor to safely manage and market those properties as part of the heartland intermodal gateway.

2. David Bott, community development administrator, on behalf of the City of Morgantown – receiving a $200,000 assessment grant to conduct environmental assessments in the Sunnyside neighborhood, which has historically been the industrial hub of Morgantown – and home to glass plants, power generating facilities, rail lines, machine shops, and other industrial riverfront companies.

3. Dave Clark, New Historic Thomas Steering Committee and Emily Wilson-Hauger of the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area, West Virginia representing The City of Thomas receiving a $200,000 grant to conduct environmental assessments of the City’s riverfront and downtown areas hurt by declining industrial and mining activities.

4. Christy Laxton, executive director of the Wyoming County Economic Development Authority, receiving a $200,000 grant to cleanup contamination on the former Lusk Lumber Property in Tralee, a core property in the heart of the Barkers Creek Industrial Park.

5. David Mills, city manager, on behalf of The City of Charles Town which has received $250,000 supplemental revolving loan funds to expand the City’s cleanup activities to the public works yard site, which will soon become the new Evitts Run Conservancy, encompassing recreational green space, public parkland, and stormwater runoff control along Evitts Run Creek.

6. Patty Hickman, Acting Director of Land Restoration for the West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection (W.Va. DEP) which is receiving a $200,000 grant to assess petroleum contaminated sites in Nicholas, Fayette and Raleigh counties. W.Va. DEP is also receiving an additional $70,000 to assess and prepare a remediation plan for a riverfront property at the former TS&T site in Chester.

EPA has invested more than $18 million in brownfields project throughout the state since 1997. West Virginia sites have been reused as commercial sites – – from shipping to shopping – – and also for parks and playgrounds. Communities and non-profit organizations have put EPA’s funding to work in 160 site assessments and 13 cleanups of brownfields properties. Working with many partners, these EPA grantees were able to leverage an additional $60 million.

2013 West Virginia Brownfields Conference Featured on WBOY Channel 12

Written by Krista Baker, General Assignment Reporter (WBOY Channel 12) on . Posted in News Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather

MORGANTOWN – Brownfields include residential, commercial, and industrial properties where redevelopment may be complicated by the potential presence of a hazardous substance.

The West Virginia Brownfields Conference in Morgantown deals with the issue of making brownfields suitable for development. It brings people together from across the state to show off projects that have been a success in the past, as examples for current projects to also be affective.

The conference moves to different areas of the state each year. Having the 8th Annual Conference in Morgantown gives local communities, development professionals and service providers great networking opportunities.

“What happens when we have it in Morgantown, we actually get to attract some different university professors we’ve been collaborating with, we’ve had some students come, also we pull some from the Pittsburgh market,” said Patrick Kirby, the director of the Northern Brownfields Assistance Center. “From developers, with the steel towns in the northern part of the state, and the eastern part of the state. As well as some orchards and other former and industrial stuff out there.”

The conference features a number of topics, including building demolition and environmental threats. Federal Agencies will also discuss upcoming plans, like the new initiatives brought up by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.

“They’re looking to address reuse of some old surface mine lands for agricultural purposes,” said George Carico, the Director of the Southern Brownfields Assistance Center, which handles the southern counties in West Virginia. “So, we’re trying to play a role there to help bring land holders and some different companies together with them to look at the agricultural industry that’s here in West Virginia.”

Projects are also presented from different cities around the state. They even set up a fun atmosphere, “Game Time,” to decide which projects have the most potential.

“They get to see all the successes that we are having. But also for those ones that don’t have successes yet, they get to learn from the others and get those connections,” said Kirby. “So, that’s really the networking that it involved in this always turns out to pay huge dividends to the communities that are here. “

The group will meet again Friday to discuss legislature and also have other activities. The event is open to people who are interested to hear the discussions, if they stop at the registration table at the Waterfront Place Hotel.