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Brownfields 2009

International City/County Management Association    United States Environmental Protection Agency
November 15-18, 2009
New Orleans, Louisiana

ICMA & EPA - Brownfields 2009 Conference

Brownfields 2009 offered over 150 educational sessions, including lively panel discussions, dynamic roundtables, outstanding plenary sessions, special trainings, film screenings, and more. Major conference themes for 2009 included:
  • Community & Economic Development
  • Environmental Assessment & Cleanup
  • Financing & Financial Risk Management
  • Green Building & Sustainability
  • Information Technologies International
  • Planning & Design Approaches
  • Public Health & Worker Safety
  • Public Policy, Law, & Regulation
  • Real Estate & Dealmaking
  • Redevelopment Strategies & End Uses
  • Stakeholder Involvement & Environmental Justice

"Ironing Out the Wrinkles: Turning Dirty Laundry Into Fine Pressed Suits"
Historical operations at neighborhood dry cleaners have left communities with environmentally impaired sites that provide unique challenges to redevelopment. The cost to address these properties can be high relative to their footprint. The challenges faced when addressing related issues will be discussed from the perspective of various stakeholders including municipal and state government, community leadership, and an environmental consultant. The discussion focused on creative solutions for investigation and cleanup, impacts on adjacent properties, vapor intrusion, community outreach, and project funding.
Moderator - Andrew Gremos, M.S., L.P.G., C.H.M.M., Senior Vice President, Investigation Services, KERAMIDA Inc.

"Funding Sustainability and Brownfields Redevelopment in the New Economy"
Sustainable development has become the dominant economic, environmental, and social issue of the 21st century, yet uncertainty remains on how to fund and ensure the long-term viability of these programs. Panelists discussed infrastructure development projects, using brownfields as centerpieces to redevelopment plans, the latest on federal funding, the economic impact to local governments and communities, tax incentives and market barriers, the future of the environmental and engineering marketplace, and funding economic development and sustainability projects in a down market.
Moderator - Charlie Bartsch, VP/Senior Fellow for Human Services and Community Development, ICF International
Speaker - Howard Tollin, Managing Director of Environmental Services Group, Aon
Speaker - Robert Colangelo, Executive Director, National Brownfields Association
Speaker - Robin Keegan, Deputy Director, Louisiana Recovery Authority
Speaker - Linda Garczynski, Analyst, MDB Inc. (retired Director of USEPA Brownfields program)
Speaker - Anna Jetmore-Vargas, M.E.M., Director of Sustainability Services, KERAMIDA Inc.
Speaker - Darnell Earley, City Manager, City of Saginaw


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