CCLR Webinars Archive

Superfund Redevelopment is Easier Than You Think



Location, location, location!  There are 40,000 Superfund sites across the nation that represent fantastic redevelopment opportunities.  Learn why federal Superfund site redevelopment is easier than you think, including the great liability protections and available tools. Plus, most savvy redevelopers of contaminated property from brownfields to federal Superfund sites strive to attain and maintain bona fide prospective purchaser liability protection status as a key strategy for managing risk. Join Kat West, Senior Associate at Skeo in Portland, OR and former EPA Superfund & Redevelopment attorney, for this lively discussion about Superfund and federal liability protections. We'll be drawing on Kat's experience in the public and private sectors, and on two different coasts.  



Kat West | Senior Associate - Skeo Solutions


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Opportunity Zones Beyond the Numbers: Can This be a Win-Win?



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Will Opportunity Zones (OZs) deliver on their promise to bring investment and benefits to underserved neighborhoods, and what does this mean for brownfield redevelopment?  Hear two perspectives on implementing Opportunity Zones from CCLR's sage advisers  — Elly Walkowiak, Assistant Director for Community and Economic Development at the City of Tacoma, Washington, and Curt Toll, attorney at Greenberg Traurig. Elly and Curt will provide public and private sector perspectives on the risks and benefits associated with Opportunity Zones. Join us where the rubber hits the road for this insightful discussion.



Curtis Toll | Managing Stakeholder of the Philadelphia office of Greenberg Traurig

Brad Carney | Partner at Maraziti Falcon LLP 

Elly Walkowiak | Assistant Director of Community and Economic Development at the City of Tacoma, WA


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Brownfields, Greyfields, and Dead Malls, oh my!



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As e-commerce has begun to challenge the role of brick-and-mortar retail, many suburban shopping malls have failed to evolve to meet the needs of the current generation. Once dead, these sites are challenging to reactivate. This webinar explores how low-cost intervention and activation techniques can change the course of a failing mall, how communities in France, Germany and Israel have allowed similar landscapes to evolve, and what U.S. communities might be able to learn from these case studies that can positively impact the future and evolution of our own suburban shopping malls.




Peter Trio | Founder of The Thirdscape Initiative and landscape designer at WRT

Robert Ungar | Architect & Urban Designer and co-founder of the Tel Aviv-based ONYA collective

Tips para solicitar con éxito fondos Brownfield para el 2020 - EPA



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Nuestro equipo de CCLR Puerto Rico, que discutirá las opciones que el programa de brownfield ofrece para el desarrollo de áreas abandonadas y/o contaminadas. Haremos recomendaciones para abordar las nuevas guías 2020 para la solicitud de fondos en sus diferentes modalidades (evaluaciones, limpieza y usos múltiples (MAC) e (evaluaciones dirigidas de Brownfields (TBA).


Hablaremos de los aspectos claves y el desarrollo de una estrategia para presentar nuestra historia de una manera contundente y de manera convincente.


Nuestros oradores Yocasta De Jesus y David Southgate con experiencias exitosas en  la preparación de propuestas de brownfield.  

Yocasta De Jesus | EPA Land, Chemicals and Redevelopment Division - Region 2 
David Southgate | Center for Creative Land Recycling

Retail Redux: Wrangling Retail in a Redevelopment Context



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Retail is changing, and fast. For the last several years, we've all heard prognostications about the death of brick and mortar, or the retail apocalypse. It can be hard to make retail a viable component of a redevelopment project, and even more so when the retail landscape is changing. Retail expert, David Greensfelder discusses what current trends in retail mean for land recycling projects, and what information you need to approach retail with greater confidence in your redevelopment work.    



David Greensfelder | Founder & managing principal of Greensfelder Commercail Real Estate LLC


EPA Grant Writing Tips: Tools to Defeat Your ARC Nemesis


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This webinar was designed to increase the success of EPA grant applicants in EPA Region 2 including New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Watch to get a head start on the 2020 Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) grant application process and get insights on how to improve your odds of success. 


EPA will cover important application news and updates and share aggregate debriefing notes to improve the quality of your application. CCLR’s grant reviewer will highlight common pitfalls and how to avoid them and highlight what you can do to maximize your chances for a successful application. 2018 grant awardee, the Greater Syracuse Land Bank, and their consultant, Stantec, will share their experience in applying for an EPA Cleanup Grant. 


Don’t let daunting ARC grant application requirements foil your plans for community revitalization. Watch to get the tools and information you’ll need to defeat your ARC nemesis.

Rápido y Furioso: Cómo las comunidades están usando el programa de TBA para iniciar el desarrollo de brownfields

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Puerto Rico ha utilizado con éxito el programa TBA de la EPA para evaluar terrenos y propiedades abandonadas en toda la isla. En este seminario online, revisaremos los beneficios del programa y le mostraremos cómo solicitar la asistencia con éxito y avanzar en el desarrollo de su brownfield. El programa de TBA ayuda a las organizaciones sin fines de lucro a evaluar y determinar las inversiones necesarias para el desarrollo de esos sitios contaminados y/o abandonados que entorpecen la economía local. Como resultado de la evaluación, el TBA minimiza la incertidumbre  acerca de la contaminación real en estos lugares que no han podido ser desarrollados. Si su comunidad ha identificado uno o más lugares que puedan ser brownfields y beneficiarse de este proceso del TBA, regístrese a continuación.


Brendan Macdonald, CDM Smith
Sonia Cosme, EDS Puerto Rico 

Sustainable Economic Development Using Brownfields Funding and Land Recycling Tools

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CSU Fresno and CCLR have joined together to highlight how you can use funds from the State and Federal brownfields program to help support redevelopment in the Central Valley.  From solar power development to housing initiatives, blighted and vacant sites can become an asset to communities who are looking to redevelop. 


Ismael Herrera | CSU Fresno
Drew Wilson | City of Fresno, CA
Elise Hunter | GRID Alternatives
Tom Esqueda | GRID Alternatives
Tom Collishaw | Self-Help Enterprises
Ignacio Dayrit | Center for Creative Land Recycling


*This webinar is tailored for stakeholders of the California Central Valley*

National TAB: New Community Strategies for Brownfields: Opportunity Zones

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There are numerous and diverse types of financing tools and incentives available to communities for tackling the challenges of financing brownfields redevelopment. From tax-exempt bonds to district-based financing to revolving loan funds, the financing for brownfields redevelopment is often layered with multiple financing tools to produce the final project capital stack. With the passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, communities now have a new federal incentive in their toolbox: Opportunity Zones. Through a special partnership with KSU TAB, CCLR, and CDFA, webcast panelists will explore how communities are preparing themselves for Opportunity Zone investments and with the release of new proposed regulations, how this emerging industry is beginning to mold its first deals. Speakers will also examine how communities across the U.S. are integrating these new strategies with current and future redevelopment plans, with a specific focus on brownfields sites.



Andy Seth, Sustainable Strategies DC
Tim Fisher, Manager, Government Affairs, Council of Development Finance Agencies 
Jesse Silverstein, Director, Real Estate Economics, Development Research Partners 
Brandon Daigle, AIA, Vice-Chairman, Casper Downtown Development Authority

EPA Office of Community Revitalization's Strategies for Food Systems, Health, and Economic Development

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Join National TAB for a webinar featuring strategies to make every community healthy, wealthy and wise. 
Improving environmental and human health outcomes in communities across the country is challenging under any circumstances. In the early part of the 21st Century this is particularly true given the economic, political, and social changes occurring. EPA’s Office of Community Revitalization has developed strategies and programs that assist communities’ efforts to take stock of their assets, identify visions for growth that supports a better environment and healthy living. Through this webinar you’ll hear how EPA collaborates with communities to grow their economies and improve the environment.


Stephanie Bertaina, Senior Policy Analyst, EPA Office of Community Revitalization
Melissa Kramer, Ph.D., Senior Environmental Protection Specialist, EPA Office of Community Revitalization
Chitra Kumar, Director, Federal and State Division, EPA Office of Community Revitalization