Executive Director of the BDC, Pat Ford, went over the presentation that won the group a $5,000 grant to be put toward the redevelopment of the TS&T pottery site. (Photo by Kate Everly)
CHESTER – According to Pat Ford, Executive Director of the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle (BDC), Chester is “a gem in the northern panhandle.” The progress being made in the planned demolition and redevelopment of the site of the defunct TS&T pottery by the BDC, the Northern West V
irginia Brownfields Assistance Center (NBAC), and the Rock Springs Riverfront Redevelopment Committee can only make Chester shine brighter.
Ford and Assistant Director of the BDC, Marvin Six recently collaborated with Angela Campbell and Kevin Leyden from West Virginia University to compete for a $5,000 grant from the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative. The Collaborative dispensed 4 of the grants to competitors from throughout the state. The presentation made by the group representing the project at the TS&T site were chosen to receive one of the grants.
The presentation given those giving away the grant money was shown to those at the first meeting of the Rock Springs Riverfront Redevelopment Committee on Tuesday. The presentation highlighted the interest of the committee in redeveloping the site in a way that would, first and foremost, create as many jobs as possible for the area.