Resources to Jump Start Brownfield Redevelopment -- Syracuse, NY

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Whether you’ve just identified a new brownfield project, are some of the way there, or are at the tail end of a long redevelopment process, you will benefit from this half day workshop. Our expert panelists will offer practical information and insights about grant funding and tax credits, public-private partnerships, community engagement, and best practices around cleanup and remediation. Join us to learn how to overcome challenges and realize the environmental and economic benefits of redevelopment. Network with brownfield practitioners, municipal staff, community organizations, consultants, and developers.


When: October 19, 2016

Time: 8:30am-12:30pm

Where: C&S Companies- 499 Col. Eileen Collins  Blvd, Syracuse, NY


8:30am-9am Registration. Continental Breakfast courtesy of C&S Companies


9:00am-9:15am Introductions and Welcome Remarks


9:15am-10:30am Panel 1: Panoramic View of Brownfield Redevelopment  

Whether you’re in the early stages of identifying and prioritizing properties for redevelopment or on the tail end of a long redevelopment process, these experts will provide high-level perspectives on what it takes to move properties over the finish line.  They will share their insights and expertise on best practices for maximizing successful redevelopment outcomes.  Topics will include leadership, community engagement, public-private partnerships, technical support around remediation options and project costs, and leveraging public funding.  This information will help your community repurpose properties to create jobs, increase public health and safety and provide public amenities.  



Mark Gregor, Manager for Environmental Qualtiy, City of Rochester

George Frantz, Cornell University

Dan Riker, C&S Companies

Moderator: Lou Zicari, Environmental Consultant                                                              


10:45 am-12:00pm  Panel 2: Show Me the Money: Federal and State Resources to Drive Redevelopment   

On-the-ground realities of brownfield remediation are complex, and each stage of the process has its own funding needs.  Speakers on this panel will focus on connecting the dots between funding sources and stages of development. They will also cover what municipalities, developers and private property owners need to know about eligibility for diverse grants and brownfield tax credits to move projects forward and how to  leverage public grants with private resources.



Phil Clappin, EPA Region 2

Jason Chiesa, Empire State Develompent Corp.

Phil Bousquet, Bousquet Holstein Pllc

Moderator: Karen Cahill, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation


12:00pm-12:30pm  Open Discussion and Networking

This is a great time to talk informally with panelists and colleagues, or make new contacts who can assist you with the next steps in your brownfield redevelopment projects.


Summary of Speakers:

Philip Bousquet is one of the founding members of Bousquet Holstein PLLC and focuses his practice on a broad range of business and taxation matters. Phil has advised brownfield stakeholders, including developers, municipalities, brokers, financial institutions, and consultants, in understanding the benefits of the Brownfield Cleanup Program tax credits (BCP) and other economic development incentives available for brownfield redevelopment. Phil and his team have provided BCP credit support and analysis to developers of some of the largest brownfield redevelopment projects in New York State.

Mark Gregor is the Manager of Environmental Quality for the City of Rochester. He has been responsible for conducting and managing environmental site investigations, remedial projects, environmental regulatory compliance as well as site preparation, cleanup and related support for dozens of brownfield redevelopment projects for the City of Rochester. He has managed more than 75 USEPA and NYSDEC grant funded brownfield projects, NYS Brownfield Opportunity Area planning projects, NYS Superfund cleanup projects, as well as joint cleanup/redevelopment projects with private developers. Under his leadership the Division of Environmental Quality has secured over $25 million in state and federal grant funds for brownfield, energy, sustainability, and public infrastructure projects and programs

Daniel  Riker Daniel Riker is a Managing Geologist in C&S’ Buffalo office with more than 23 years of experience. Dan’s expertise includes preliminary site assessments; Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments; treatment technology assessments; site characterization; and remedial investigation, design, and implementation projects. Dan has also developed a brownfield redevelopment specialty for private clients that includes planning, assessments, investigations, alternatives analysis, remedial design, and cleanup projects. He also has developed a municipal brownfield program specialty that includes working with municipalities and counties to initiate and sustain brownfield programs, including securing more than $6M in state and federal grants, completing assessments on high priority tax delinquent properties, and managing more than a dozen municipal brownfield planning projects..

Phil Clappin has been with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 for nearly 28 years.  He is the cleanup coordinator and technical lead for the Brownfields Section, reviewing all Brownfield site assessment and cleanup workplans and reports that are developed in the region and coordinating with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Brownfield and Remedial Programs as well as the NYS Department of State BOA Program.  He is the Brownfields tribal coordinator for the region.  He has participated in numerous inter-agency workgroups in New York. Phil has a masters degree in geology.

Louis Zicari is an Environmental Program Developer and Manager. He currently assists  communities develop strategies and find the resources to address environmental contamination- and associated economic and social challenges. He has served as Program Manager for several communities seeking to identify, investigate and carry-out redevelopment planning for Superfund sites, Brownfields and for Brownfield-impacted neighborhoods. He recently assisted the City of Rochester plan and apply for its first Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  As former Associate Director of the University at Buffalo’s Center for Integrated Waste Management, Mr. Zicari developed a long-term statewide program to assist municipalities, businesses and government agencies with resource conservation, community redevelopment and environmental management needs.

George Frantz, AICP, ASLA is a land use and environmental planner with almost 30 years of experience in urban design, land use planning and zoning.   Currently he is developing a new zoning code for an Upstate NY municipality to permit redevelopment of a semi-abandoned suburban shopping corridor into a new mixed-use urban village.  He also teaches a planning field workshop in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University which has assisted communities ranging from the 9th Ward of New Orleans to Catskill Mountain resort towns in redevelopment planning initiatives.  He is currently studying softscape approaches to flood resilience in Shanghai, China and the Hudson River estuary, including redevelopment of brownfield sites into combined flood control, stormwater management and  park space.

Karen Cahill is an Environmental Engineer with the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation.  She has over 25 years’ experience in environmental remediation, including site investigation, spill response and field analytical technologies.  She currently manages several Brownfield Cleanup Program and State Superfund sites, including the Former Roth Steel and Former Oil City/Destiny USA sites on Hiawatha Boulevard and several large redevelopment sites in Ithaca, NY.

Jason Chiesa serves as the Deputy Director of the CNY Regional Economic Development Council. He has previously worked for U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer’s Office and for Representative Daniel B. Maffei, where he focused on economic development and constituent services. In 2012, Jason received his MPA from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Contact:

Contact Jean Hamerman, East Coast Director, Center for Creative Land Recycling, (EPA’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields provider in New York) at or 646-712-0535 with questions.


The Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCCLR or “See Clear”) is the oldest national non-profit pioneering brownfield and infill redevelopment to protect human health, stimulate local economies and preserve the environment. CCLR is EPA Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) provider for EPA Region 2, serving New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Contact CCLR for free assistance with your brownfield redevelopment project, from planning and community outreach to finding funding and understanding technical reports. We have helped hundreds of communities across the country build new housing, businesses, parks, and community centers. Find more on our website at


October 19th, 2016 8:30 AM   through   12:30 PM
C&S Companies
Syracuse, NY 13212
United States

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Phone: 646-712-0535

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