Posts Tagged ‘West Virginia Brownfields’

NBAC Welcomes New Staff Member

Written by Andrew Stacy on . Posted in Blog, News

Kate Greene has joined the NBAC staff as its new Economic Redevelopment Coordinator.

Kate Greene has joined the staff of the NBAC as its new Economic Redevelopment Coordinator.

The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center (NBAC) is pleased to announce the addition of Kate Greene as its new Economic Redevelopment Specialist. The NBAC is a program of the West Virginia Water Research Institute located at the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University.

“I’m excited to be engaged in redevelopment projects across the state,” said Greene.

As Economic Redevelopment Specialist, Greene will oversee downtown redevelopment projects and initiatives, including community interaction and outreach, capacity building, developing relationships with partners, and engaging with public and private sectors to coordinate data-driven development in rural downtown communities.

Greene brings a wealth of experience to the NBAC and they are thrilled to have her on board.

“We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Greene as an addition to our staff,” said Patrick Kirby, NBAC Director. “Her prior experience in the redevelopment process is a great asset to the NBAC. With Mrs. Greene on board, we look forward to the opportunity to engage more local communities and assist in their redevelopment needs.”

Greene comes to the NBAC following her work as Executive Director of Main Street Fairmont where she helped address the city’s aging infrastructure, focusing specifically on dilapidated commercial structures and brownfields. Greene said that she learned a lot during her experience with Main Street Fairmont but wanted to use her knowledge to make an impact statewide.

“I learned from those experiences at Main Street Fairmont that my passion for community development lies as much in reshaping the built environment as it does in rallying the citizens to take ownership of the change,” said Greene. “The NBAC was a partner on more than one of our priority projects at Main Street, and more than once it occurred to me that if I ever had the chance to be on the Brownfields team – leading redevelopment at a statewide level – I would throw my hat in the ring.”

Prior to her work with Main Street Fairmont, Greene lived in Montana as the Director of Marketing for a boutique guest ranch. It was during this time that she found her calling.

“I lived for 17 years in a mountain community in Montana that was missing some critical resources for the residents and I worked, as a citizen, to change that,” said Greene. “My work in community organizing opened the door for work with city leaders, which then lead to interactions at the state level. Those grassroots efforts mattered and from then on, I knew that I wanted a spot at the development table.”

A native of Fairmont, it was Greene’s passion for her hometown and the Mountain State that ultimately brought her home. “I was born and raised here, and after years away, I’ve come home to raise my kids in the same town where I grew up,” she said. “I believe that together we can change the conversation about what it means to be West Virginia proud.”

Five Brownfields Projects in West Virginia Awarded Mini-Grants, Technical Assistance

Written by The State Journal on . Posted in Media, News

Five brownfields projects in West Virginia have received grant funding from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

The former Brooke Glass project in Wellsburg and the former TS&T Pottery site project in Chester, both owned by the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle; Shinnston Activities Park in Shinnston; Spencer’s Landing (formerly Johns Manville) in Vienna; and Staats Hospital in Charleston each will receive a $3,000 West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative FAST Track program mini-grant plus technical assistance.

The announcement was made at a recent WVRC event at Stonewall Jackson State Park. WCRC is housed in the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center in Morgantown.

“FAST (Financial Analysis and Strategies Teams) Track focuses on providing financial education and expertise to existing Redevelopment Collaborative projects,” said Carrie Staton, Redevelopment Research & Collaborations Manager for the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center.

Read the full article on the State Journal website.

BAD Buildings Focus of Fairmont-WVU Partnership

Written by Sean McNamara, Times West Virginian on . Posted in Media, News

FAIRMONT — As Fairmont continues its quest to improve the Friendly City and revitalize the community, it has partnered with a group of students from West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics in an effort to do so in the best way possible.

Under the direction of Steven Cutright, the director of the BrickStreet Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at WVU, Logan Stout, Ben Scott and Brody Prudnick have partnered with Main Street Fairmont and the Fairmont Community Development Partnership in this project.

“Our goal and our initiative is to mobilize the intellectual capacity of the College of Business and Economics to the communities across the state,” Cutright said. “I think it’s been a great contribution to the City of Fairmont.”


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.”