Is your community suffering from the appearance of its old industrial or commercial sites—otherwise known as brownfields?
The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University is seeking communities that would like to apply for up to $5,000 in redevelopment assistance.
According to Patrick Kirby, a spokesman for the Foundations for Overcoming Challenges and Utilizing Strengths West Virginia Program, also known as Focus WV, the program helps communities create a redevelopment vision for brownfield properties.
Examples of activities eligible for funding include environmental site assessments, project funding strategies, project stakeholders engagements, and feasibility and design services.
The program encourages brownfield redevelopment and enhanced economic development across West Virginia by providing resources to:
- Enable communities to market and/or reposition challenging-but-strategic sites;
- Enhance a community’s ability to engage in strategic community-development projects by understanding the resources available; and
- Build the capacity of communities to develop and implement a redevelopment vision.