BHJ Attends 2017 National Brownfields Training Conference

BHJ Attends 2017 National Brownfields Training Conference

Barb Zimnox got an up-close and personal look at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, which is built on a former brownfield site. “Best practices” tours, looking at a number of brownfields redevelopment sites, were offered as part of the conference.

From Dec. 5-7, three members of the BHJ staff attended the National Brownfields Training Conference, which was held in Pittsburgh.

Thanks to two years of successful EPA applications by BHJ and the Business Development Corp. in Weirton, Brooke, Hancock, and Jefferson counties currently have over $600,000 in assessment grants available for the region. Sites eligible for contaminants testing and remediation of waste are reviewed and prioritized by the BHJ Brownfields Task Force.

 At the conference, BHJ Executive Director Michael Paprocki, Community Development Specialist Barb Zimnox and Office Assistant Alecia Ford attended training events, mobile workshops highlighting best practices in the Pittsburgh area, and educational sessions on strategies for meeting brownfields’ challenges.

Sessions attended by the group included ACRES (Assessment, Cleanup and Redevelopment Exchange System) reporting training, “Redevelopment Rodeo: Small Town,” Brownfields Branding (which included a case study on Princeton, WV), a tour of Heinz Field and PNC Park (both former brownfields sites), and a session on “Rural Revitalization” that featured community redevelopment in Thomas, WV.

The conference also provided the opportunity for staff to meet and network with thousands of other stakeholders from around the country and learn about the newest technology for addressing assessment and cleanup issues.  

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