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Industrial site seminar set

May 9, 2008
By PAUL GIANNAMORE, Business editor
WEIRTON — A conference on redevelopment of former industrial sites, called brownfields, will be held Wednesday at West Virginia Northern Community College’s Weirton campus.

The event, “Creating Communitiy-Based Brownfields Redevelopment Strategies” is a training session focusing on developing an understanding of brownfields as opportunities and creating a community focus.

The work has gained momentum in the area with the closure and demolition of sections of the sprawling ArcelorMittal Weirton steel complex.

The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission and the Northern West Virginia Brownfield Assistance Center are presenting the event, with cooperation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the American Planning Association.

Participants will be able to select among three break-out sessions on redevelopment, cleanup or financing.

A final session will be on building community support as well as how to locate resources, get assistance and find partners.

The EPA and the regional law firm of Bowles, Rice, McDavid, Graff, and Love are sponsoring the event.

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