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2021 BAD Buildings Webinar Series

The BAD Buildings program will be hosting a free webinar series on the last Thursday of each month throughout 2021 via Zoom. The sessions will cover a wide variety of topics related to abandoned and dilapidated properties, presented by speakers from many different organizations and backgrounds. Descriptions, registration information, and recordings for all sessions can be found below. Registration is required for all sessions. You will receive each webinar link automatically after completing your registration.

January 28, 2021 @ 1:00p.m.: "BAD Buildings 101"
Presented by Nicole Dias, BAD Buildings Project Associate
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Are there abandoned and dilapidated buildings in your community? The BAD (Brownfield, Abandoned, Dilapidated) Buildings Program works with communities statewide providing technical assistance and site analysis tools to address these issues. Are you interested in becoming a BAD Building community? Come learn the basics of the BAD Buildings Program where you will run through steps of the BAD Buildings model and learn how the program can help your

February 25, 2021 @ 1:00p.m.: "Under the Dome: Policy Priority and the Abandoned Properties Coalition"
Presented by Taylor Bennett of the WV Community Development Hub, APC Chair Shae Straight, and BAD Buildings Director Carrie Staton
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The Abandoned Properties Coalition is dedicated to pursuing the revitalization of abandoned and dilapidated properties across West Virginia through sustainable planning and policies that positively contribute to community well-being. Each year, the APC advocates for policy priorities related to abandoned and dilapidated structures, many of which are also brownfields. Learn more about how these priorities are identified and the strategies the APC uses to make systemic change on issues related to vacant, abandoned, and dilapidated properties. Participants will also have a chance to voice their own opinions in an interactive discussion of this year's policy goals. 

March 25, 2021 @ 1:00p.m.: "Historic Preservation: A Tool for Brownfields" 
Presented by PAWV Executive Director Danielle Parker, Historic Preservation Consultant Mike Gioulis, and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Susan Pierce
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In this webinar, representatives from the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia and State Historic Preservation Office will explain how the interests of Brownfields and Historic Preservation intersect; and how federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits can be used to aid with the redevelopment of brownfields in West Virginia. 

April 29, 2021 @ 1:00p.m.: "The Power of Parcel Data" 
Presented by Nicole Dias, BAD Buildings Project Associate, and Nick Downer, Loveland Technologies VP of Software
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When working with multiple properties, it can sometimes be difficult to find all the information needed all in one place. Having all the necessary data can be a powerful resource to justify the necessary changes needed in a community. It is especially difficult to find data needed in rural areas for many reasons, one being that local governments don't have the capacity to collect and disperse all the information and data. LandGrid is a resource that has compiled important data parcel by parcel, including ownership, acreage, USPS vacancy, land and building value, etc. LandGrid is a resource that has property survey capability, parcel level data, and mapping capability all in one.

May 27, 2021 @ 1:00p.m.: "1-2-3 Boom! What You Need to Know Before a Building Comes Down"
Presented by Patrick Kirby, RAZE International Inc. Chief Operating Officer
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So you think that building is ready for demolition?  It's been sitting there for 5, 10, or 20 years as an eyesore in your community - why can’t you just tear it down already? In this month’s webinar, Patrick Kirby, Chief Operating Officer from Raze International, Inc, is here to help you prepare for the wrecking ball. Patrick will share what information needs to be included in the bid, information the demolition contractor will need from you, and what questions you need to ask.  Blight removal can be a headache – listen in to learn how to make the process as easy as 1-2-3 Boom!

June 24, 2021 @ 1:00p.m.: "BAD Grads: A Discussion with BAD Buildings Community Members" 
Presented by Shae Strait on behalf of Fairmont, Candice Helms on behalf of Hinton, and Judy Cronauer on behalf of Davis
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Want to know more about what it's like to participate in the BAD Buildings program? Come hear about the process from the perspective of the community members who have already navigated it! Representatives from Fairmont, Hinton, and Davis will discuss their experiences on the ground implementing the BAD Buildings model in their communities and answer questions about the process from the audience. 

July 29, 2021 @ 1:00p.m.: "How Can You Love Your Block?" 
Presented by Kalyn Obiozor, Huntington Love Your Block Coordinator
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Join Kalyn Obiozor, PAWV AmeriCorps member and Huntington Love Your Block Coordinator, to learn all about the Love Your Block program! She'll discuss what LYB does, how it's been implemented in Huntington over the past two years, where the program hopes to go in the future, and much more. 

August 17, 2021 @ 10:00a.m.: "The Role of Land Banks in Redevelopment"
Presented by WV Land Stewardship Corporation Executive Director Patty Hickman, WVU ORED Director of Asset Development David Satterfield, and Charleston City Planner John Butterworth
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This will be a special Tuesday session held in conjunction with the 2021 WV Brownfields Conference & Main Street/On Trac Training. This is one of seven free virtual sessions being offered by this year's Brownfields Conference. You can view the agenda, get detailed session information, and register on the conference website. 

The WVLSC Land Bank offers a vital tool in the redevelopment toolbox to help challenged properties reach their full redevelopment potential. While formerly used properties frequently have much of the infrastructure needed for redevelopment, they often come with environmental conditions that make reuse difficult. This session will explain how the WVLSC Land Bank can rehabilitate former commercial and industrial properties, thereby eliminating the need for developers and future owners to take on the heavy responsibility and liability of environmental cleanup. It will also cover the role local Land Reuse and Preservation Agencies can play in helping their cities address problem properties and ensure that public land is used for its best purpose.

September 30, 2021 @ 1:00p.m.: "Getting Schooled Part 2: Updates on the Rupert School Project" 
Presented by Greenbrier Environmental Group President Matt Ford, Woodlands Development Group Director of Project Development Dustin Smith, and Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center Economic Redevelopment Specialist Ray Moeller
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Description coming soon!

October 28, 2021 @ 1:00p.m.: "Understanding the Tax Sale Process"
Presented by John Butterworth, Charleston City Planner, and Christal Perry, City of Huntington Demolition/Land Bank 
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Description coming soon!

The powerpoint slides from each presentation are available here

Have a request for a session topic you would like to see covered? We'd love to hear from you! Submit your suggestions to the BAD Buildings team here: