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Brownfields Redevelopment Specialist
Katie is the Brownfields Redevelopment Specialist for the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center. In this role, she serves as the project lead providing technical assistance on industrial legacy sites throughout the state assisting communities with proposals and site development support in order to establish sustainable economic development initiatives for West Virginia. She has been a city and county planner since 2006. She started her career as the city planner for Charles Town, WV where she had the opportunity to work with brownfield sites from phase 1 assessments to ribbon cuttings for brand new buildings. During her time in Charles Town, she worked with the city, consultants, and the WV Brownfields Assistance Center to clean up and redevelop former brownfield sites which were ultimately constructed as facilities for American Public University System. She was a long range planner for the City of Clearwater, FL, and a senior planner in the Charlotte, NC, metro area. Throughout her career, Katie has worked with communities and stakeholders to create plans in order to achieve their vision. Katie was born and raised in WV. She received her undergraduate degree in urban affairs and planning from Virginia Tech and her masters from American Public University in environmental policy & management. She received her AICP certification in 2019. Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and girls, exploring new areas and national parks, and cooking.