CCLR Webinars

New Riffs on TIFs Lessons in Innovative Financing from Detroit

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Addtiional Resources: Catalytic development: (Re)creating walkable urban places pdf, (Re)creating walkable urban places article


Detroit, Michigan has been using Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for 40 years to finance the redevelopment of a variety of properties and spur economic development across the city. Despite the use of this powerful tool and a local economy on the rebound, the redevelopment of many iconic buildings and properties in Detroit has not been economically viable. Learn how the City of Detroit and Bedrock Detroit/Quicken Loans have addressed these barriers by working to “supercharge” TIF and maintain a robust public process to create transformational redevelopment projects for the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan.


Brian Vosburg | Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
Jared Fleisher | Quicken Loans
RJ Wolney | Bedrock

Rocket Science Brownfields NASA Technology for Remediation

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It might actually be rocket science! Join NASA collaborators ecoSPEARS and Intrinsyx on a webinar about cost-effective, in-situ technologies that remediate PCBs, chlorinated solvents, metals, and other toxins. 
Phytoremediation is EPA accepted for many different types of pollution. Intrinsyx uses naturally occurring tree bacterial endophytes that can result in faster tree growth and establishment, resulting in faster clean up and improved tree survival. 
ecoSPEARS provides a cradle-to-grave system for removing and destroying the world’s deadliest and most persistent toxins, including PCBs, with minimal impact to the environment and wildlife. 
Learn how these may work locally on your sites at a fraction of the cost of conventional remediation methods.



Ignacio Dayrit | Center for Creative Land Recycling
John Freeman | Intrinsyx

Phillip Reagin | ecoSPEARS

Phil Maloney | ecoSPEARS


Writers of the Best ARC

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Another year, another crop of successful grantees. Get a head start on the ARC grant application period, and understand how the BUILD Act may change the guidelines. Hear what our speakers have learned from their crusades on ARC grant applications, and receive grant writing advice from expert grant writers from around the country! 



Camille Swezy | Sierra Institute
Chris Gdak | Stantec
Eileen Christensen | BEC Environmental, Inc.
Mathew Reimer | City of Milwaukee

Put a Beer on It! Brownfields to Brewfields Redevelopment

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Hops, Barley, Water and Contamination... You've heard about brownfields, but do you know about brewfields? Local and national brewing companies are setting up shop on top of redeveloped brownfields. From EPA to IPA, come hear from experts about successful projects in North Carolina, Virginia and Idaho and what it took to open the brewery door. 


Sarah Fraser | New Belgium Brewing 
Dave McCormack | Waukeshaw Development 
Meade Anderson | Virginia Department of Environmental Quality 
Steve Gill | Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

New Economy Techniques to Reduce Risk and Catalyze Rural and Small Town Redevelopment

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Rural areas, declining small towns, and isolated neighborhoods within cities can all be challenging places to launch a redevelopment project. Due to stagnating economic conditions, the risk of investing in a redevelopment project can be very high. And yet, these neighborhoods are often the ones that need an economic boost or property facelift the most. Are rural areas, small towns, and isolated neighborhoods destined to decay, or to wait until the market changes (which may never happen)? 

In such situations, thinkers like E.F. Schumacher, (Small is Beautiful) encourage us to avoid common best practices for land reuse and to think smaller and more locally to build the necessary momentum for revitalization. Using a suite of techniques known as "New Economy" strategies, developers can begin to think differently about how to mitigate the risks associated with projects in areas that are otherwise unlikely to be developed. With only a few small changes to how we think about land reuse in rural areas, it is possible to generate organic momentum around traditional and non-traditional projects. 


Michael Fortunato | Creative Insight Community Development 
Bruce Balfour | Creative Insight Community Development

Opportunity Zones Spurring Brownfields Revitalization With the New Tax Law

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Opportunity Zones provide a critical economic tool to cities interested in brownfields redevelopment. Join local government leaders nationwide on a webinar describing how communities can take advantage of the new tax law to spur economic investment in low-income communities. The bill includes a provision that enables governors to designate “Opportunity Zones” where investors will receive tax benefits in exchange for private investment in vulnerable and underserved areas. The new tax incentive will help communities attract developers and financial capital to corridors impacted with contaminated properties. 


Blase Leven | Kansas State University 
Andrew Seth | Sustainable Strategies DC 
Maurice Jones | City of Dubuque, IA 
Jane Campbell | National Development Council

Part I - Dig It: Reusing Contaminated Soils in the UK and US

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Redevelopment sites throughout the U.S. are confronted by how to manage surplus marginally-to- moderately contaminated soil. The default practice of landfilling surplus soil is neither an efficient nor viable long-term option, economically or environmentally. Learn how an influential model based in the United Kingdom is addressing the issue of limited landfill space and the market for soil reuse at redevelopment sites. You’ll learn about the CL:aire model: how it evolved and is working today; and its applicability to states in the U.S. facing the same challenges. 


Sarah Sieloff | Center for Creative Land Recycling 
Martha Faust | Minnesota Brownfields 
Nick Willenbrock | CL:aire


Part II Dig It Models and Recent Changes for Reusing Soil in the US

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Redevelopment sites throughout the U.S. are confronted by how to manage excess soils, presenting challenges in terms of contamination, project timing, staging areas, liability protection, and more. Learn about different approaches that governments around the country have developed to respond to this challenge, and what the future could hold.



Martha Faust | Minnesota Brownfields

Dan Walsh | NYC Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation

Kevin McCarty | GEI Consultants

Amy Hadiaris | MN Pollution Control Agency

Brooke Furio & David Emerman | U.S. EPA , Ohio EPA

Urban Agriculture and Healthfields

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Learn how brownfields are being safely transformed into assets that support community health in a variety of ways, from gardens to clinics. Learn how the growing trend of brownfields to healthfields might help inform your project. 

Christina Wilson | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, R8 
Roseanne Albright | City of Phoenix, AZ 
Benjamin Fahrer | Top Leaf Farms

Johanna Roth | Center for Creative Land Recycling


Phytoremediation Demystified

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Ever wonder how the plant kingdom can contribute to your remediation efforts? Our in-depth dive will let you into the mechanics, best practices, trends and the latest research on phytoremediation.


Laura Burnett | Burnett Land and Water

Kate Kennen | Offshoots Inc.