Huntington Moves Forward on Revitalization

Updated 2 years ago by Brian Chambers, Director of Communications City of Huntington

The City of Huntington continues to move forward on innovative community revitalization and engaging the community in the America's Best Communities competition.  In July, the city's multi-stakeholder ABC Executive Work Group met to deliver reports on how Huntington’s three key economic revitalization projects and 10 community initiatives are moving forward. 

Some highlights of this progress: 

  • Huntington secured $600,000 in new Brownfields grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to push the revitalization of the blighted factory areas in the downtown along the Ohio River. 
  • Mayor Steve Williams announced a public-private partnership to develop new riverfront marinas, parks, and recreational areas. 
  • The city welcomed EPA Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin and HUD Regional Director Jane Vincent to tour the projects and collaborate on moving them forward. This visit from federal officials was also a kickoff of Huntington’s participation in the federal initiative, “Making a Visible Difference in Communities”, in which just 50 localities across the nation were selected, including Huntington, for efforts to promote healthy community revitalization.   
  • As part of the brownfield revitalization, an international company announced that it will soon move into Huntington to develop advanced polymer manufacturing projects, and Huntington is now refurbishing a building to house this company and other advanced manufacturing innovators. 
  • In the West End revitalization area, an innovative company called Solar Holler will install one of the largest solar roofs in the entire state on the new WestEdge Factory, a place that is training dislocated coal workers to be solar roof installers and craft furniture makers. 
  • The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing was selected as a finalist for funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration as part of SBA’s “Growth Accelerator” effort to promote the Maker Movement. 
  • Construction will kick off this fall on the 40-unit affordable senior housing complex in the distressed Fairfield West neighborhood with a new award of resources from the West Virginia Housing Development Fund. 
  • The Huntington community was excited that the musical “Collis P.”, named after the city’s founder, drew people to Ritter Park for this thrilling outdoor production. An encore production dedicating all proceeds to Huntington’s ABC efforts occurred in the Jean Carlo Stephenson Auditorium at City Hall in late July. 

Moving forward, Huntington will convene a “Common Story” workshop on August 11 to engage stakeholders to focus economic initiatives on Huntington’s most pressing challenges and opportunities. On August 27, leaders will convene Huntington’s ABC Executive Workgroup again to move the community revitalization plan even further.

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