West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center announces keynote and special guest speakers for State Brownfields Conference

2014-BF-Conf-Logo-3The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall  has announced keynote and special guest speakers for the upcoming State Brownfields Conference, which is slated for Thursday, Sept. 11, and Friday, Sept. 12, at the Big Sandy Superstore Convention Center in Huntington.

The annual statewide conference is hosted by the  Brownfields 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 yearly program has evolved into one of West Virginia’s premier redevelopment events, combining educational programs with networking opportunities for communities, local governments, development professionals and service providers. The event features expert panels, interactive workshops, technical training, an exhibitor hall and project case studies.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Shawn Garvin, a regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has held the position since November 2009 and has worked in intergovernmental affairs for more than 20 years. He will be recognizing the latest West Virginia EPA Brownfields grant recipients as part of his remarks.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams will be the special guest speaker. Williams will outline the city’s recent efforts to deal with issues related to dilapidated housing, increasing economic development opportunities, and community planning and enhancement projects, many of which utilize brownfields properties.

Brownfields properties can include former industrial sites, closed service stations, abandoned buildings or vacant properties. Brownfields may have potential environmental impairments but often have significant prospects for business, housing or recreational redevelopment.

Conference details are available at http://wvbrownfields.org. Although online registration closed Aug. 29, on-site registration will be available for anyone interesting in attending.