West Virginia BAD Buildings Summit

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Join national, state and local leaders to learn solutions and gain tools to address Blighted, Abandoned & Dilapidated (BAD) buildings.

Join APC in Huntington for a three-day summit created specifically for community teams that are working to fix blighted, abandoned and dilapidated (BAD) properties in their areas.   Your team must apply to attend this Summit.  A BAD Building Summit Application downloadable application is available in PDF form.

When: October 7 – 9, 2014

Where: Marshall University Visual Arts Center, Huntington

 The Summit will feature speakers from the Center for Community Progress (a national leader in BAD property solutions), and it intended to be a resource for communities across the state seeking creative and aggressive solutions to address abandoned and dilapidated properties, including making use of the new Land Reuse Agency Authorization Act.

The Summit will kick off in the afternoon of October 7 with a community tour of dilapidated property mitigation practices and successes in Huntington, and an evening reception with Huntington Mayor Steve Williams and Community Progress Co-Founder Frank Alexander. The next two days will be full of information, resources and strategy building with the Center for Community Progress, state agencies, and West Virginia communities that are taking the lead on this issue.

Sessions will include (among others):

  • Exploring tools and approaches to addressing BAD Buildings (including delinquent tax enforcement, code enforcement and land banking)
  • Exploring potential legislative reforms;
  • Statewide agency programs and support;
  • National and local success stories;
  • Finding the right tools for your community;
  • Building a local plan

A full agenda will be released closer to the event.

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Build a Team to Find Success!

You must be part of a community team to attend the Summit!

APC is accepting up to 12 community teams, each with up to seven participants. To attend, you and your team have to submit an application by Sept. 12 to info@wvhub.org.

Build a team that will have the capacity to address the issue of BAD properties. Include creative and active civic and community leaders, elected officials,

developers and investors, representatives from troubled neighborhoods, homeowners, etc.

Community teams will be selected on the strength and diversity of their team, their capacity to implement a problem property program, and the level of interest in creating a Land Reuse Agency in their community. 

The Summit is convened through a partnership of theAbandoned Property Coalition, the Huntington Urban Renewal Authority (HURA), the City of Huntington, theCoalfield Development Corporation, the WV Community Development Hub, the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center, and the Center for Community Progress.

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