Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center helping to develop economic plan for Potomac Highlands region

John Deskins, director of the BBER, which is housed in the WVU College of Business and Economics, said the need for this study stems to a significant degree from the closure of the Sugar Grove Naval Base in Pendleton County. The U.S. Navy decommissioned Sugar Grove in 2015 after 60 years of military activity there, mostly related to communications and information gathering.

While Deskins said the closure certainly had an adverse economic impact on the region, it was part of a larger problem.