Request for Proposals: FY 2017 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant

ANNOUNCING New Request for Proposals- FY 2017 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (BF AWP) Grant Guidelines
EPA is announcing the availability of funding to eligible entities who wish to develop an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. This funding is for research and/or technical assistance activities directed to one or more brownfield site(s) located in a specific area (such as a neighborhood, downtown or business district, local commercial corridor, community waterfront or city blocks). Each project funded under this grant must result in an area-wide plan which includes specific plan implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields site(s) as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 20 projects in total, funded at up to $200,000 each. The proposal submission deadline is August 10, 2016.

Please note that applicants who received a BF AWP grant from EPA in Fiscal Year 2010, 2013 or 2015 (FY10 or FY13 or FY 15) are generally not eligible to apply under this competition. EPA is making an exception for POWER+ (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) applicants. The POWER+ Initiative is an Administration priority that started in FY16 and continues through FY17. A POWER+ applicant must propose one or more eligible catalyst, high priority brownfield site(s) within the same brownfields project area as a coal-fired power plant that has recently closed (2008 or later) or is scheduled to close.

Link to BF AWP grant funding opportunity on www.grants.gov here.

Nominations Open for 2016 West Virginia Brownfield Awards

Submit Your Nominations Now!

The West Virginia Brownfield Awards recognize the hard work and great achievements in brownfields redevelopment from across the state. These awards recognize individuals and communities who have made major contributions to the redevelopment of brownfields in West Virginia.

The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers are currently accepting nominations for the 2016 West Virginia Brownfield Awards.

Award categories:
Economic Development
Community Engagement
Environmental Impact
Local Leadership
Redevelopment Partner
Brownfields Visionary

Award nomination deadline is June 30.

Award recipients will be announced at the 2016 #WVBrownfields Conference on September 7 in Charleston, WV.

For more information on the awards, contact wvredevelopment@mail.wvu.edu.

Click here for more information about the 2016 #WVBrownfields Conference, to register, and to consider becoming a sponsor or exhibitor.

Have You Explored Our Tools Section Lately?

Need to contact a property owner about a problem property and not sure where to start? Looking to demolish or deconstruction a property? What about starting a beautification program? Browse the many tools on this website based on your project type, including:

  • Mobilize community and develop inventory
  • Reuse a property
  • Prevent blight
  • Develop a beautification program
  • Analyze maps and data
  • Build your partnership network

Or, click here to find a full list of the tools offered through wvbadbuildings.org.

Webinar: Selling Your Story with Project Photography

The West Virginia Redevelopment Expert Exchange is hosting a free webinar March 30 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm on how to take and use effective photos to tell — and sell — your project story. Click here to register.

Imagery is the fundamental way we receive information. The human retina transmits info to the brain at the speed of your Ethernet connection. It’s easy to understand why a good photo is worth a thousand words. Project photography and proper data visualizations are fundamental in communicating project stories and technical data. Without them, your story may be lost in a sea of words with an audience of short attention spans.

Join the Redevelopment Expert Exchange and Professional Engineer and Professional Photographer Gabe DeWitt as we explore techniques for telling your project story through images, including composing and capturing project images in the field, post-processing, and presenting them in different media formats for optimized impacts.

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One Man’s Mission to Reinvent Northern Panhandle

“You look at the numbers and we’ve got 40 million dollars a year in investments coming in the last four years, and we’re the two smallest counties in West Virginia? That tells me one thing, we might be small but we’re fighters. And we’re going to make a difference. And we have, as a community.”

Pat Ford, Director of the Business Development Corporation in the Northern Panhandle, is working hard to foster a diverse economy in Brooke and Hancock counties. Check out the full story and listen to it here. 

NBAC Director Testifies on Build Act before US Senate

On March 2, Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University, provided testimony on the BUILD Act before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works. The hearing focused on Senate Bill 1479, Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act of 2015, Senate Bill 2446, Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2016 and Discussion Draft of Good Samaritan Cleanup of Orphan Mines Act of 2016.

In his testimony, Kirby discussed why the BUILD Act matters. Specifically, he noted that the BUILD Act expands the eligibility of certain types of property to apply for brownfields funds, expands eligible applicants to include non-profit organizations which are often the entity in the community best suited to help move the project forward and eliminated the prohibition of the use of the funds to cover administrative costs, which can be a large task.

Watch Kirby’s testimony here (his testimony begins at 1:21:30) or you read a pdf version here.