Marshall announces 7th Annual West Virginia Brownfields Conference

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS) and the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall have announced that the 7th Annual West Virginia Brownfields Conference will be held Sept. 5-6 at The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels.

The annual statewide conference, attended by more than 150 people, is hosted by the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall, in conjunction with the Northern Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the West Virginia Development Office.

The program combines educational sessions with networking opportunities for anyone 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.

The event is intended for local and regional economic development representatives, environmental consultants, educators, land-holding companies, environmental attorneys and environmental regulators. A total of 7.5 hours of LED Continuing Education Credits is available for attendees.

Highlights of this year’s event will include a keynote address by Randy Huffman, cabinet secretary for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), as well as presentations by the Chemical Alliance Zone, TechConnect West Virginia, the West Virginia National Guard, Hatfield–McCoy Trails, Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity, the West Virginia Division of Energy’s Office of Coalfield Community Development, the EPA Region III Brownfields Program and the DEP’s Division of Land Restoration.

The Brownfields Assistance Centers at Marshall and West Virginia University 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.

Dr. Tony Szwilski, director of CEGAS and the Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall, said, “This conference continues to attract attendance from a wide variety of organizations and entities seeking solutions to the redevelopment of their brownfield properties. By locating the conference in southeastern West Virginia for the first time, we are furthering our commitment to providing quality information, service and outreach to all areas of the state.”

Szwilski added that CEGAS is encouraging student participation in this year’s conference by offering a limited number of sponsored registrations for college students and high school seniors interested in local economic development, community revitalization or the environmental aspects of redeveloping brownfields. Interested students should contact Dennis Jarvis at 304-696-3506 for more information.

Exhibitor space and sponsorship opportunities also are available.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit

Contact:  Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304.746.1964