2013 WV Brownfields Conference Featured on WBOY Channel 12

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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.

Brownfields Assistance Centers

WV Brownfields Assistance Centers to Host Annual Statewide Conference Sept. 12-13 in Morgantown

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The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance centers will be hosting the eighth annual West Virginia Brownfields Conference Sept. 12 and 13 at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown. The conference combines exceptional educational programs with outstanding networking opportunities between communities, development professionals and service providers.

Dream teams

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Dream TeamAn innovative program has matched University scholars with professionals from private industry and local governments to breathe new life into some neglected spaces in the Mountain State. At Extreme Makeover: Brownfields Edition on December 2, four West Virginia communities — Chester, Shinnston, Parkersburg, and Wheeling — were matched with a “dream team” of faculty members and other experts to create redevelopment plans for projects in their communities to be one of the four initial projects of the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative.

The West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative is a new initiative of West Virginia University’s Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center, funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, designed to use a team approach to tackle obstacles involved in redeveloping brownfields. Brownfields are properties that sit undeveloped because of a variety of real or perceived environmental barriers.

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Brownfields can be vibrant community assets again

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Beltline Area of Fairmont

A West Virginia University class and the City of Fairmont are working on plans to redevelop the Beltline area of Fairmont, which includes the Helmick property, with the help of the community. The Helmick property and most of the Beltline would be considered a “brownfield” area, abandoned and underutilized properties that impede the redevelopment of the community at large.

MORGANTOWN — One of the many ways West Virginia University pursues its landgrant mission to help make lives better in the state is through an aggressive program called the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center, a project that helps communities revitalize blighted abandoned properties for new uses that lead to positive economic development.  As communities across West Virginia strive to revitalize through broad development efforts, many are faced with abandoned and underutilized properties that impede the redevelopment of the community at large.

These abandoned properties, or “brownfields,” vary in size and historical usage, ranging from as small as an old gas station to as large as a multiacre former glass factory.

Many of these blighted properties are contaminated, causing potential investors and developers to be wary of purchasing and rehabilitating the properties. Instead, they choose to develop on previously undeveloped sites, or “greenfields.”