The West Virginia Brownfields Conference will take place September 12-14, 2017 at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, West Virginia.
The theme for this year’s conference is Ready, Set, Redevelop. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural Central Appalachian Regional Brownfields Summit, West Virginia will again host this regional event on September 14.
The event kicks off on Sept. 12 with training for licensed remediation specialists, a grant writing workshop, and mobile workshops highlighting brownfields projects in Morgantown.
The first full day of the conference, Sept. 13, will feature programming and sessions related to brownfield redevelopment in West Virginia. The second day, Sept. 14, will feature sessions covering regional brownfields topics impacting Central Appalachia.
The West Virginia Brownfields Conference is hosted by the West Virginia Brownfield Assistance Centers – the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center located at West Virginia University, and the Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University. The Central Appalachian Regional Brownfields Summit is a collaborative effort between the WVBACs and state and federal agencies and service providers throughout Central Appalachia.
The Centers were created to promote economic development and environmental and public health protection through innovative redevelopment of brownfield sites. The Centers promote and coordinate the development of brownfield property by providing technical assistance, facilitating site redevelopment efforts, community involvement as well as helping communities with grant writing and leveraging project funding. In an effort to provide comprehensive assistance to communities throughout West Virginia, the Centers coordinate by producing state-wide conferences, collaborating on regional projects, and by sharing current brownfields information.