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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

National Brownfields Training Conference
September 2 - 4 ~ Chicago, Illinois

Brownfields 2015 is the premier conference and trade show focused on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment.  The upcoming event is the 16th National Brownfields Training Conference, which promises to attract thousands of stakeholders to the “windy city” for three days of training, networking and business development.  Since 1995, the National Brownfields Training Conference has been the most important stop on the calendar of anyone working to create better communities through cleaning up and reusing brownfield properties. 

    Who Should Attend?

    • Local, state, and federal government leaders
    • Federal and state contractors
    • Real estate developers and investors 
    • Financial and insurance providers and risk management practitioners
    • Economic development officials and community development organizations
    • Construction and building firms 
    • Environmental and civil engineers, planners and public works officials
    • Information technology professionals
    • Academic institutions & students
    • Attorneys


This conference will be held September 2 - 4 at the Hilton Chicago.

More information can be found here: http://www.brownfieldsconference.org/en/home


Save the Date

 

EPA Region 6 Brownfields

Grant Writing Workshop

October 6 – 8, 2015

EPA Addison Conference Facilities

Addison, TX (Dallas Suburbs)

Registration will be available through KSU/TAB in early August.

NM Brownfields will share additional information as it becomes available.


Technical Assistance Opportunity

Local Foods, Local Places Technical Assistance

Supporting local food production can improve economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses and give residents better access to healthy, fresh food. It can also spur revitalization of a main street, downtown, or neighborhood by bringing new activity. Communities interested in these benefits are invited to apply for technical assistance from the Local Foods, Local Places Program.

The application deadline is September 15, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.



Local Foods, Local Places will provide direct technical support to selected communities. A team of experts will help community members develop action plans that use local foods to support healthy families and communities and to drive downtown and neighborhood revitalization. The assistance process features a community workshop that brings people together to develop shared goals and steps to achieve them.

Representatives of communities (including neighborhoods or main street districts) anywhere in the United States are eligible to apply. Applications are encouraged from communities that are economically challenged and in the early phases of their efforts to promote local foods and community revitalization. Special consideration will be given to communities in federally designated Promise Zones or USDA StrikeForce counties.

Local Foods, Local Places is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Delta Regional Authority, and the White House Rural Council.

For more information and a link to the application, visit http://www2.epa.gov/smart-growth/local-foods-local-places.

 

LunaLodgeA brownfield is a property whose redevelopment is complicated by the presence of contamination or perceived contamination. It could be an old gas station, vacant motel, former industrial site, an abandoned dump, etc.  

Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties can restore the environment, reduce health risks, eliminate blight, revitalize downtowns, create jobs, increase local tax bases, and create a sense of community pride.


Luna Lodge on Route 66, Albuquerque. Remediated in 2012.

NMED can assist your community with its brownfield redevelopment project.




Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA)

NMED offers free environmental evaluations of brownfield properties. Services include:

  • Phase I site assessments
  • Cleanup planning
  • Environmental investigations
    (sampling and analysis)
  • Remediation cost estimates
  • Asbestos and lead paint surveys
 

 

Local government units, tribal governments, quasi-public entities (such as community development organizations), and non-profit entities are eligible to request a TBA.

NMED considers the following criteria in prioritizing requests: feasibility of property redevelopment or reuse, potential economic/environmental/health benefits to the community, project timetable, and availability of funding.

EPA Region 6 also provides TBA services in the event that NMED cannot currently accommodate your request.


Brownfield Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund

It is usually easier to find funding for redevelopment of a site than for cleanup. NMED offers low-interest loans with favorable terms that can be used for remediating contamination at an eligible brownfield site. The funds may also be used for asbestos removal or abatement. The availability of cleanup funding can leverage the other funding needed – on average, $18 for every dollar of brownfields funding.

Contact us to discuss the eligibility of your project and the application process.

Application forms:

 

Technical Assistance

Brownfield redevelopment requires community planning, environmental expertise, public and private partners, and familiarity with a myriad of potential sources of assistance. NMED can help you connect to the resources you need to make your project a Brownfields success story.

Assistance is also available through EPA’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program.
 

Voluntary Remediation Program

Participants who successfully complete the VRP receive site closure documentation from NMED and liability protection for lenders and future purchasers.

 

BROWNFIELD RESOURCES

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