2023 Leadership Breakfast at the National Brownfields Training Conference
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2023 Leadership Breakfast at the National Brownfields Training Conference

Thursday, Aug 10, 2023 | 7 AM - 8:45 AM
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We’re back! Join CCLR at our Leadership Breakfast at the 2023 National Brownfields Training Conference.

Join us for the event that promises to leave your BF2023 experience on a high note! The Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) will proudly host the highly anticipated National Leadership Breakfast at Brownfields 2023 – Thursday, August 10th, 7:00am-8:45am, at Huntington Place Room 250 A/B/C. Connect with peers, gain valuable insights, celebrate outstanding achievements in the land reuse and redevelopment industry, and enjoy a full breakfast buffet! To register for the breakfast, select the “Register Now” button above. Please note that registration August 1st so register today to reserve your spot!  

Our program includes speakers from EPA, the National Brownfields Coalition, and Michigan State Housing Development Authority along with a panel, “How Brownfield Leaders are Responding to the Energy Transition”. See Hot Topics and panel speakers below. We will also present the awards to industry leaders you have nominated. The full program can be found below.

2023 Leadership Breakfast Program

Hot Topics Speakers

Speakers from EPA, Smart Growth America and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority will discuss a Residential Tax Incremental Financing tool and provide updates from the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization and the National Brownfields Coalition.

● Aimee Storm | Land Revitalization Coordinator, EPA OBLR
● Katharine Burgess | VP, Smart Growth America/National Brownfields Coalition
● Amy Hovey | Executive Director, Michigan State Housing Development Authority

Energy Transition Panelists

Moderator: Michael Taylor | President of Vita Nuova
● Jon Grosshans | Senior Advisor, US EPA Office of Policy
● Andy Mace | VP, Industrial Development, NorthPoint Development
● Annika Colston | Founder and CEO, AC Power

Lifetime Achievement Awardees
Lifetime Achievement in Redevelopment: Kofi Bonner 

Chief Executive Officer | Bedrock Detroit

Introduced by: Ignacio Dayrit


Lifetime Achievement in Public Service: Jim Tischler

Development Director | Michigan State Land Bank Authority

Introduced by: Shannon Morgan

Lifetime Achievement in Thought Leadership: Barry Hersh

Clinical Professor | Schack Institute of Real Estate, New York University

Introduced by: Michael Taylor

A big thank you to our incredible corporate sponsors for making this Breakfast possible! Scroll down to view our list of sponsors and thank them at the Breakfast! We also need sponsors for our Karaoke/Sing Along Social! Contact Jean Hamerman at [email protected] for more information or complete this form.

Join KSU and CCLR for a TAB & Friends Social!


We also hope you’ll join us for Brownfield Karaoke at our KSU/CCLR Social on Wednesday, August 9th from 7pm-9pm at the vibrant Tin Roof. Sing your heart out, enjoy complimentary drinks, and make unforgettable memories with your fellow attendees. It’s an evening you won’t want to miss!

When: Wednesday, August 9th from 7pm-9pm.
Where: Tin Roof 47 East Adams Ave. Detroit


This event is FREE to attend, but space is limited so come early. Please complete the form below if you would like to attend and/or can sponsor the Social for drinks, food, and baseball tickets to the Detroit Tigers Game at Comerica Park that evening.

Registration & Sponsorship for Brownfield Karaoke


Andy Mace

Vice President of Industrial Development | NorthPoint Development LLC

Andy Mace leads environmental risk management efforts for the firm’s industrial portfolio, throughout the property lifecycle from acquisition through construction and long-term ownership. Since 2012, NorthPoint has redeveloped over 4,000 acres of brownfields, upon which over 28 million square feet of industrial buildings have been constructed.

Annika Colston

Founder and CEO | AC Power, LLC

AC Power is an impact development company specializing in repurposing contaminated and low value land into revenue generating solar projects. AC Power’s mission is twofold – to overcome barriers to development to bring as many solar projects to market as possible while maximizing benefits to the community that have been historically most impacted by the sites. With a portfolio of over 24 projects in operation or under development and a pipeline of more than 250 MW, AC Power is well positioned to be the market leader in solar development on contaminated sites.

Jon Grosshans , AICP, LEED-AP

Senior Advisor | US EPA

Jon Grosshans works to align policies and resources that support environmental protection and community revitalization alongside City, County, State, and Federal partners. Much of this coordination focuses on recent Executive Orders and strategic initiatives such as coal and power plant community revitalization, supply chains, energy, critical minerals, and infrastructure.

Michael Taylor

Founder and President | Vita Nuova

Michael Taylor is a leading strategist in implementing redevelopments at brownfield and Superfund sites. He works in many of the country’s most challenging areas, including remote rural locations, inner city environmental justice neighborhoods, and some of the most contaminated sites in the country.Mr. Taylor has trained more than 5,000 community, state, and federal officials involved in brownfields redevelopment..Mr. Taylor is the recipient of the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) Lifetime Achievement: Excellence in Brownfields Thought Leadership Award (2019) and serves on CCLR’s Advisory Board.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

  • AC Power, LLC.
  • Capitol Environmental Services, Inc.
  • Langan
  • NorthPoint Development
  • Vita Nuova

Huntington Place | Room 250 A/B/C

1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
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