State conference provides communities with “A Path to Progress”

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August 29, 2008

Huntington, W.Va. — The 2008 West Virginia State Brownfields Conference “A Path to Progress” will take place September 10-11, 2008, at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington, West Virginia with the keynote by West Virginia Secretary of the Environment Randy Huffman.

Diverse stakeholders from community, government, and the private sector across West Virginia will examine a wide range of issues related to brownfields, properties that are difficult to redevelop, because of their real or perceived environmental concerns. The event is hosted by a partnership between the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University (WVU), the Southern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University, the Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA), the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, and the West Virginia Development Office.

Sessions will cover brownfields basics such as environmental insurance, community visioning, building collaborative partnerships, and leveraging resources. The conference will also provide an opportunity to examine such topics as site selection, sustainable redevelopment, and rail trail development on brownfields. Among the session highlights are an EPA Brownfields Grant Writing Workshop, an Abandoned Property Redevelopment Forum, and the Licensed Remediation Specialist Vapor Intrusion Workshop.

The event will kick-off the evening of the 9th with a tour of brownfields redevelopment projects within the Huntington area, followed by a networking reception sponsored by the AWMA.

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The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center is a program of the West Virginia Water Research Institute, NRCCE located at WVU.

Posted August 29, 2008