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Senior Project Advisor, Northern Brownfields Assistance Center
Patrick Kirby is a Senior Project Advisor for the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University. He assists with program implementation strategies, brownfields project redevelopment solutions, and technical assistance on the FOCUS WV, Downtown Appalachia Programs, and WVU BAD Buildings programs. Patrick served as the founding Director of the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center during which time he collaborated on brownfields projects across the state, attracting millions of dollars in federal brownfields grants, private foundation funding, and private investments in revitalization projects. Through the launch of many successful redevelopment initiatives including the statewide WVU BAD Buildings Program, and the Downtown Appalachia Program, Patrick has brought brownfields resources directly to West Virginia communities. Patrick also served as the founding Executive Director of the West Virginia Land Stewardship Corporation responsible for the growth of the WVLSC’s three signature programs – Voluntary Land Stewardship, Site Certification, and a Land Bank. Patrick has been involved in regional and national brownfields policy issues, as well as provided expert testimony to Congress on brownfields legislation. Patrick earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from West Virginia University and received his B.S. degree in Political Science from Shepherd University. His interest in community and economic development was driven in part by his experiences in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and as Rotary Exchange Student.