Brownfield “dream teams” honored for redevelopment work at Project Buzz event

Written by Carrie Staton on . Posted in Media, News

Parkersburg Team Creates Redevelopment PlanA successful redevelopment program that uses a “dream team” approach to help West Virginia cities repurpose and reclaim blighted former industrial properties known as “brownfields” closed out the year by awarding a prize for the top project of 2012 and selecting a slate of community projects that will receive funding for 2013.

The announcements were made at “Project Buzz,” a two-day event held recently in Morgantown as an activity of the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative – a program of the Northern Brownfields Assistance Center atWest Virginia University.

WV Redevelopment Collaborative offers service learning opportunity for faculty experts

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The West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative, a program of the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University, is seeking faculty members to participate in a unique service learning opportunity aimed at improving blighted properties in key locations throughout the state.

Faculty members from West Virginia colleges and universities can apply to serve as “Collaborators” on one of eight multi-disciplinary teams matched with West Virginia communities that are facing complex and challenging brownfields projects. The teams will compete for a chance to win one of four $5,000 grants at a one-day grant competition called “Project Buzz” at theWVU Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown on Friday, Nov. 30.

Progress continuing on TS&T site planning

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TS&T Meeting

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.

Project aims to rebuild local communities

Written by Mike Atkinson on . Posted in Media, News

The West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative and The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center are looking to rebuild communities across West Virginia by restoring undeveloped areas known as Brownfields.

The effort was launched with an event known as “Extreme Makeover: Brownfields Edition”, where eight cities from across the state were in the running to receive funding for the projects. Chester, Moundsville, Wheeling, Osage, Fairmont, Berkeley Springs, Shinnston and Parkersburg were invited to the event.

The NBAC has selected the four city projects to receive more than $20,000 in funding toward redeveloping the area.