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    The P3 Airport Summit

    San Diego, Jul 23, 2018, Manchester Grand Hyatt
    Over 1,000 attending next week. Join us…
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    Law & Policy of Products Regulation (ELI Summer School, 2018)

    Washington, Jul 24, 2018, Environmental Law Institute
    Each summer, ELI convenes a complimentary…
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    2018 EPA Region 7 RTOC Tribal Response Program Workshop

    Niobrara, Jul 25, 2018, Ohiya Casino & Resort
    Tribal Environmental Directors and Managers,…
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    2018 Economic Revitalization through Brownfields: Redevelop Your Vacant Properties Workshop

    DeKalb, Jul 25, 2018, DeKalb County Community Outreach Building
    Brownfields are “real property, the expansion,…
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    Pacific Northwest Enviromental Industry Summit III

    Seattle, Jul 26, 2018, Washington Athletic Club
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    Disinfection and Reuse Symposium 2018

    Portland, Jul 29, 2018, Portland Crowne Plaza
    The symposium is held by the Water Environment…
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    NAEM 2018 Sustainability Management Conference

    Providence, Jul 30, 2018
    Are you responsible for implementing sustainability…
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    Vacancy to Vibrancy Brownfields Grant Writing Boot Camp

    Johnson City, Jul 31, 2018, First Tennessee Development District
    The mission is to turn Tennessee's Vacancies…
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    EPA Brownfields Grant Proposal Writing Strategies Workshop

    LaCrosse, Aug 1, 2018, La Crosse State Office Building, Rooms 19 & 20
    The Technical Assistance to Brownfields…
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    Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance Course

    Pittsburgh, Aug 6, 2018, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
    Understanding the basics of bonds, tax increment…
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    Intro Tax Credit Finance Course

    Pittsburgh, Aug 7, 2018, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
    Examines the application of tax credit programs…
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    Intro Bond Finance Course

    Pittsburgh, Aug 7, 2018, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
    Provides an in-depth look at the various…
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    Brownfields Tools for Redevelopment Workshop

    Wichita, Aug 7, 2018, Wichita Marriott
    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment…
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    “Air Permit to Install and Potential to Emit Workshops”

    Lansing, Aug 8, 2018, DEQ Headquarters - Constitution Hall
    The Michigan Department of Environmental…
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    Intro Revolving Loan Fund Course

    Pittsburgh, Aug 9, 2018, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
    Offers an in-depth look at RLF program development,…
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    The 8th International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Remediation (ICEPR'18)

    Madrid, Aug 19, 2018
    The 8th International Conference on Environmental…
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    Annual Georgia Environmental Conference

    Jekyll Island, Aug 22, 2018, Jekyll Island Convention Center
    To create and effectively operate an annually…
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    AHMP 2018 National Conference

    Reno, Aug 26, 2018, Grand Sierra Resort
    Environmental, health, safety and security…
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    California Adaptation Forum

    Sacramento, Aug 27, 2018
    The Forum gathers a diversity of participants…
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    2018 ECOS Fall Meeting

    Stowe, Aug 28, 2018, Stowe Mountain Lodge
    For its programs, ECOS uses its best efforts…
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    Brownfields Defined & Steps for Engaging in Brownfield Redevelopment

    Michigan City, Aug 30, 2018, City Hall
    The Michigan City Economic Development Corporation…

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 (ktakai@icma.org) or Tad McGalliard (tmcgalliard@icma.org).


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)

Evaluate current site conditions (characterization), determine potential, and if undervalued.

TASKS (to do's)

NBA's ROLE (Opportunity)


NBA's VALUE (Deliverables)


Develop a preliminary remediation program (and possible reuse);
Remediate based on end-use (environmental standards and regulations)

TASKS (to do's)

NBA's ROLE (Opportunity)


NBA's VALUE (Deliverables)


(from) Create a 'master plan' for redevelopment...
(to) exit strategy (ie. sell the remediated site to experienced, innovative developers); and anything in between.

TASKS (to do's)

NBA's ROLE (Opportunity)


NBA's VALUE (Deliverables)


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We're operating:
We're working primarily with:
    Fortune 100 Companies
 Fortune 500 Companies
 Middle market Companies
 Small / local Organization
We're mainly focused on:
    Property (asset)
 Transaction (process)
 End-use (redevelopment)




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