Thursday, September 2, 2010
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Nearly 200 participants are expected at next week’s West Virginia Brownfields Conference in Charleston. Marshall University’s Southern Brownfields Assistance Center will co-host the event, which is scheduled for Sept. 8-9 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center.
The annual conference offers educational programs and networking opportunities for organizations and individuals involved in efforts to reuse abandoned or underutilized contaminated land. Brownfields may have potential environmental impairments but often have significant prospects for business, housing or recreational redevelopment.
Highlights of the event will include keynote addresses by U. S. Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and West Virginia State Senator Brooks McCabe; a showcase of redevelopment programs from around the state; and panel discussions focused on financing, grant writing, state and federal regulatory updates, and the positive economic impact of brownfields redevelopment.
The Brownfields Assistance Centers at Marshall and WVU were created in 2005 to secure and administer federal brownfields funding and assistance programs, and to provide training and technical assistance, and grant writing, site assessment and remediation services. The Southern Brownfields Assistance Center is housed in Marshall’s Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS).
Dr. Tony Szwilski, director of CEGAS, said, “This conference has grown and expanded each year, showing the results of our efforts over the past few years. Along with our partner organizations, we have brought brownfields redevelopment to the forefront of economic development and community revitalization efforts across the state.”
In addition to Marshall, co-hosts of the conference include the Northern Brownfields Assistance Center in the West Virginia Water Research Institute at the West Virginia University (WVU) National Research Center for Coal and Energy, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the West Virginia Development Office and the West Virginia Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association.
Conference sponsors include Triad Engineering Inc., AMEC, Jackson Kelly PLLC, Terracon, Tetra Tech, KU Resources Inc. and BB&T.
More information about the conference, including online registration, is available online at www.wvbrownfields.com/conferences/2010.
Dr. Tony Szwilski, Director, Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS), 304.696.5457
George Carico, Program Coordinator, Southern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center, 304.696.5456
Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304.746.1964