Business View Civil and Municipal | Volume 3, Issue 3

10 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 3, ISSUE 3 communities need a built environment to support their efforts. Services like technical assistance to level-up development happening in historic downtowns, making connections to funding opportunities, and preparing environmental and structural assessments will create the kinds of infrastructure needed for successful economy building.” Southern Brownfields Assistance Center Director George Carico: “As Southern West Virginia communities are preparing to diversify and grow their economies, they need infrastructure to support them. Environmental and structural assessments of existing properties, prioritizing the properties that would be most advantageous for development, and complementing services will ensure that. The WV Brownfields Assistance Centers will assess up to 300 sites and evaluate up to 30,000 square feet of buildings for remediation and renovation opportunities to set these communities up for success.” WV Community Development Hub Executive Director Stephanie Tyree: “West Virginia is a leader in the energy sector, and our state will continue to be a leader if we successfully prepare residents to take advantage of new opportunities and mitigate risks. The WV Community and Business Resilience Initiative brings together high-impact, West Virginia-based economy builders to work alongside residents to motivate and prepare them so we can ensure no communities will be left behind by the shifts happening today in our country’s energy sector.” WV Hive Executive Director Judy Moore: “As we look to the future of communities in southern West Virginia, we know we can make a transformational economic impact if we build up a network of entrepreneurs and small businesses who share a mindset about climate resiliency and green technologies. Working alongside Advantage Valley we will provide entrepreneurship services to set up entrepreneurs for success. With our efforts combined, we are looking to create 250 new jobs and support more than 120 new or expanded businesses.” More Information on Partner Organizations