The National Brownfields Training Conference—Call for Session Ideas
ICMA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are again partnering to manage the 16th National Brownfields Training Conference. The event—Brownfields 2015--will take place in Chicago, September 2-4, 2015. The conference is the largest national event focused on sustainable economic redevelopment and community revitalization. Each year thousands of attendees and nearly 200 exhibitors consider the conference the most important stop on their education and training, peer networking, and business development calendars.
Ideas for interactive, insightful, and engaging educational sessions are now being solicited through an online portal on the conference website (www.brownfieldsconference.org). The Call for Session Ideas will remain open until November 3, 2014. Full educational sessions from the solicitation will be announced on the conference website early in 2015.
The conference, as always, aligns with the industry objectives of Brownfield Renewal magazine and brownfieldrenewal online, the authority in the reuse and redevelopment sector that in 2014 forged a strategic alliance with the Association for Redevelopment Initiatives, a synergy that will provide a multi-dimensional platform for industry practitioner to sharpen their focus, hone their craft and access tools and resources to optimize their businesses.
The conference planning committee is looking for session ideas in the following educational tracks:
- Launching a New Era of State, Tribal, and Local Partnerships. Brownfields redevelopment and community revitalization is most successful when built around partnerships. Please submit ideas telling the story of successful brownfields partnerships and how to form and leverage partnerships to ensure sustainable revitalization.
- Working Toward a Sustainable Future. Rebuilding neighborhoods and communities sustainably. How do we revitalize brownfields and communities through visionary planning approaches and sustainable development methods (e.g., updating zoning ordinances, adopting smart growth/area-wide planning approaches, addressing air, water and toxic pollutant issues, improving transportation patterns, using economic market assessments, planning for climate adaptation, etc.).
- Making a Visible Difference in Communities. How to engage and involve the local community using creative opportunities and venues (e.g., workforce development and job training, historic structures, cultural heritage, arts community, faith based organizations, community gardens, community engagement and local involvement, environmental justice, gentrification and displacement, etc.).
- Moving Forward: How Do We Get from Ideas and Plans to Assessment and Cleanup. Innovative engineering solutions/technologies for the assessment and cleanup of contaminated sites (e.g., assessment methods, engineering controls, green cleanup technologies, etc.).
- Heavy Lifting: Leveraging Available Financing to Spur Brownfields Redevelopment. Moving brownfields projects forward by overcoming funding challenges with creative money solutions (e.g., finding investors, leveraging public/ private financing, tax incentives, insurance options, banking, etc.).
- Put on Your Marketing Hat: Real Estate and Development. Brownfields site selection approaches; site preparation and marketing; redevelopment readiness; working with developers; vertical construction; and commercial reuse.
- Planning for a Better Environment. Environmental issues such as: area-wide planning; zoning; smart growth; transportation; air; water and toxic issues; community development priorities; and economic market assessment.
- Worry Beads: How to address Liability and Avoid Enforcement. Legal challenges and solutions to addressing and revitalizing contaminated properties (e.g., CERCLA and RCRA liability, bona fide prospective purchaser (BFPP) status/protection, transferring liability, etc.).
Brownfields 2015 is a project of ICMA’s Center for Sustainable Communities and a long standing partnership with EPA and other organizations. For more information about the Call for Sessions Ideas, exhibiting, or other ways of connecting with the conference contact Katherine Takai (email@example.com) or Tad McGalliard (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ASSOCIATION'S VALUE PROPOSITION
In order to attract and retain members, we need to understand their needs in the context of the life cycle of a 'project'. But first, a couple of assumptions:
- At some point every property will reach the end of it's designed function
- In this context, we're not focusing on viable/operational sites & facilities, but rather sites that have reached (or may have reached) the end of their intended use and are in need of an overhaul (in order to be brought back into productive use)
- The life cycle of this renewal process (of a project) thus has three stages:
- Identify and possibly acquire such sites
- Restore and/or remediate the sites
- Redevelop or reuse the sites, thus, completing the project
- The scope (of the survey) is to identify all relevant stakeholders involved during a particular stage (of a project)
- The rationale is to understand the dynamic interaction (from a stakeholder perspective)