WVRC Model

BRTs work with communities to tackle complex projects.The WVRC implements a collaborative team approach on specific brownfields projects, working with local project champions to identify project needs and barriers and potential solutions. Often, a community can be working through several state or nonprofit assistance programs without those agencies being aware of the others’ presence in the community. To address complex issues of brownfields and community development, the WVRC has developed a network of service providers, bringing these public, private, nonprofit, and academic organizations to the same table with community and project representatives to increase the probability of success for everyone. In the Collaborative Model, the expertise of the project representatives – that is, their knowledge of the project and community – is recognized in the same way that academic or professional expertise is. Each perspective and background is given equal weight and consideration in the search for a collaborative solution to a major community problem, as the role of the collaborators is not to solve problems for the community, but with the community. The WVRC staff serve as facilitators and coordinators of this collaborative approach. The WVRC Coordinator works with Collaborative partners and communities to identify the skills and needs of all and to build effective teams to address redevelopment problems at the local level. These Brownfields Redevelopment Teams composed of area experts from the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors work closely with each other and the communities, which allows for an interweaving of experience and expertise, building the effectiveness of the programs, as well as the impact to the community.