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WV SHRM State Council Annual Conference



Thursday October 27, 2016 at 8:00 AM EDT
Friday October 28, 2016 at 1:00 PM EDT


300 Conference Center Way
Bridgeport, WV 26330

Register now : http://wv.shrm.org/events/2016/10/wv-state-council-conference

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City Manager – Morgantown, W.Va. (pop. 31,000). A historic city located on the Monongahela River, Morgantown is the largest city in north central West Virginia and offers a unique community with a vibrant mix of cultural, social and economic diversity. Morgantown is home to West Virginia University, the largest institution of higher education in the state with an annual enrollment of over 31,000 students; and is the medical, cultural, and commercial hub of the region.  Daytime population estimates are 70,000-plus in Morgantown.

Applications due December 20, 2016

The EPA brownfields assessment and cleanup grants were made available on October 13, 2016. Successful applicants can use the grants to empower communities to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites.

To assist applicants with their proposals, EPA will host the EPA National Assessment and Cleanup Guideline Webinar; tentatively scheduled for the first week of November 2016. Please visit the EPA Brownfields Grant Funding website for the final date.

The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers will be assisting communities with the submittal of these EPA Brownfields Grants. Please contact Patrick Kirby or George Carico if you have plans to submit a grant application, need grant assistance, grant review, or have other questions about this opportunity.



The WV Redevelopment Collaborative and Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center are currently offering a Redevelopment Expert Exchange Scholarship valued at up to $400 to take your project team to another community to learn about a successful redevelopment.  This scholarship will pay for the travel expenses of your team, and the WV Redevelopment Collaborative will work with you to identify a peer community and arrange all of the logistics! The meeting will be facilitated by the WVRC, where your host will share details on how they tackled their project, answer your questions, and provide tips and lessons learned.

To take advantage of this scholarship opportunity, email Carrie Staton or complete the request form by clicking the button below. Submit your request by Monday, October 17 for your chance at this scholarship!


Nominations are now open for the next $500,000 boost!

We’ve had so much fun and have been so inspired by this year’s Small Business Revolution on Main Street project that we’re going to do it again next year. If you live in, work in or just plain love an exceptional small town that could use a boost from Deluxe and the Small Business Revolution, nominate it today.

We’ll narrow the nominations down to a set of finalists and ask the public to vote for a winner, which will receive $500,000 worth of marketing services and support. As we saw first-hand in Wabash, that sort of support can make all the difference in the world.

Nominations are now being accepted for one small town to receive a $500,000 transformation and to be featured in a video series starring Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec.

The town that wins the “Small Business Revolution on Main Street” contest and its small businesses will receive a $500,000 revitalization in the form of one-on-one guidance from Herjavec; marketing and business services from Deluxe Corporation, a leading provider of small-business marketing services; and upgrades to the town’s public spaces.

This marks the second “Small Business Revolution on Main Street” contest, which awarded a $500,000 transformation to Wabash, Indiana, this summer. An award-winning film crew spent the summer in Wabash capturing the process, and the inspiring series just debuted at SmallBusinessRevolution.org. You can watch the series to see firsthand the amazing impact that the program could have on your town.

In addition to the $500,000 transformation and video series, the winning town will receive major publicity: The initial contest was covered in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur, and many other major media outlets across the country.

Nominations are open through Friday, Oct. 21 and take only a few minutes to complete.

The finalist announcement is planned for February, at which point the American public will vote to determine the final winner. Eligible towns must have fewer than 25,000 residents, and anyone can nominate a town, whether they live there or not.

More details appear at SmallBusinessRevolution.org, and here’s the nomination page. Please share this opportunity with anyone who you believe may be interested, and let me know if you have any questions.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – If you were affected by the severe storms, landslides and mudslides that occurred June 22-29 and haven’t registered for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), why wait? Do it now!

Take the first step toward getting federal assistance. Don’t miss out! Once you register with FEMA, you may be eligible for a federal grant to help you with your recovery. You may also qualify for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

If you haven’t registered yet and are a homeowner or renter with disaster-related damage in the designated counties, do it now before it’s too late.

CHARLESTON, W. Va.The deadline for West Virginia storm survivors to register for federal assistance has been extended 14 days to Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) granted the extension at the request of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, citing a continued flow of new applications for federal assistance in the wake of the June 22-29 severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides. 

FEMA disaster grants are available to homeowners and renters in the 12 storm-impacted counties named in the presidential disaster declaration of June 25: Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers, and Webster. Nearly 9,000 applications from West Virginia survivors have been received by FEMA to date.

Disaster assistance for individuals may include grants to help homeowners and renters with temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement, and serious disaster-related needs. Disaster assistance grants are not taxable income and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicare and other federal and state programs. Grants do not have to be repaid to the federal government.

The West Virginia Municipal League is sponsoring the "If I Were Mayor, I Would..." essay contest. The contest is open to all 7th grade students in West Virginia. The League wants students to learn more about municipal government and this is a great way to achieve that goal.

Three winners will be chosen from 7th grade students across West Virginia. Each will receive an award plaque and $250 for use toward a savings bond or their college savings fund.

The deadline for entries is November 28, 2016, with essays received at the WV Municipal League office no later than 5:00 p.m. on this day. Winners will be notified in writing by mail. 

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