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April 2017
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Project Highlight


Frontier Group Purchases ArcelorMittal Property in Weirton

Over 1,100 acres of abandoned industrial property in Weirton may finally see new life.The Frontier Group, a Buffalo, New York-based corporation, which focuses on the cleanup and redevelopment of large industrial and commercial sites, announced the purchase of 1,100 acres of property in Weirton from ArcelorMittal Steel. Most of this property has been idle for several years. 
 
The sale of this major brownfield in Weirton presents opportunities for new development in the Northern Panhandle town. Already, the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle has purchased a portion of the property and signed a 15-year lease agreement with the Bidell Company, which will use a former machine shop as its first US-based operation. The Bidell Company expects to create 60 jobs in the first year of operation alone, with an additional 120 in the years to follow. 
 
Read more about the Arcelor Mittal sale and Bidell lease.

Training Opportunities


Mountain State Land Use Academy
May 2-3, 2017
Stonewall Resort
Roanoke West Virginia


Discuss pressing land use issues in West Virginia with certified planners, legal experts and other local leaders. Topics include floodplain management, economic development, recreation and tourism, and more! 

Full agenda, including breakout sessions, is available on the Academy website.

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2017 #WVBrownfields Conference & Central Appalachian Regional Brownfields Summit
Sept. 12-14, Morgantown, W.Va.

The 2017 #WVBrownfields Conference, hosted by the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers, will take place at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, W.Va. on Sept. 12-14. 

The theme for this year’s conference is Ready, Set, Redevelop. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural Central Appalachian Regional Brownfields Summit, West Virginia will again host this regional event on Sept. 14.

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Funding Opportunities


WVDO Community Partnership Grant
Applications due April 14, 2017
 

The West Virginia Community Advancement and Development (WVCAD) Partnership is designed to support meaningful enhancement of communities through economic and community development initiatives and projects. This will allow for certain entities in the state to better address economic challenges and allow them to capitalize on economic development opportunities. The WVCAD Partnership is designed to foster innovative planning and implementation projects and activities that are sustainable, community-based, and based on measurable outcomes. The program is managed and administered by the West Virginia Development Office.


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Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Pre-applications due April 21, 2017


Through this fourth Regional Conservation Partnership Program Announcement for Program Funding, the Natural Resources Conservation Service will award up to $252 million dollars to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. Applicants must match or exceed the federal award with private or local funds. The NRCS national office will host multiple webinars about the pre-application and full project application processes


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Community Transportation Association of America Applications Accepted on an Ongoing Basis


Community Transportation Association of America is accepting applications for technical assistance for tribes and rural communities of less than 50,000 people to plan system start-up, transit service improvements, facility development, marketing, transportation coordination, and staff training. Deadline: applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Click the link below for guidelines and information on how to apply.


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In this issue
- Frontier Group Highlight
- Training Opportunities
- Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Deadlines
WVDO Community Partnership Grant
Deadline April 14, 2017

Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Deadline April 21, 2017
Upcoming Events
Mountain State Land Use Academy
May 2-3, 2017
Stonewall Resort
Roanoke, West Virginia

Try This WV Conference
June 1-3
W.Va. Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, West Virginia
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