Author Archives: Abigail Emison

Heartland Institute Ranks Micropolitan Regions by Their Dynamism

Earlier this month, Heartland Forward released its annual report highlighting the country’s most dynamic micropolitan regions—defined as communities with a population between 10,000 and 50,000 people. Consistent with the organization’s focus on improving the economies of America’s heartland through job creation, inclusive growth, and improved health outcomes, Heartland Forward conducts this assessment to allow local[…]

FREE WEBINAR: Market Insights for Brownfield Redevelopment–Trends in the COVID-19 Era

Gain insights on how residential and commercial markets have been affected by COVID-19, and what communities can do not to help themselves take advantage of current or forecasted market trends when considering brownfields redevelopment. Register now for this free webinar, sponsored by the EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization October 16, 2020 | 1:00-2:30[…]

EPA Announces FY2021 Brownfields Program Grants RFP

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EPA’s Brownfields Program provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofit organizations to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites. A brownfield site is defined as real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants, contaminants, controlled substances, petroleum[…]

Using CPTED Design Principles to Create Safer Neighborhoods: Establishing a Baseline of Data

As our nation debates a range of public safety and policing issues, the planning community can do its part by creating built environments that intentionally deter crime. The National Institute of Crime Prevention has a professional designation of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) that provides multi-disciplinary training on the architectural and design elements that[…]

How to Avoid Common Economic Recovery Mistakes

Changing a site to something productive takes vision and persistence over a long period of time. This type of work also requires new and creative partnerships. The Overland Jeep 80-acre site in Toledo, Ohio is a great example of working partnerships. Communities consistently make similar common mistakes when going through the long-term recovery process —[…]

Creative Solar Investment Partnership Yields Community Benefits

Changing a site to something productive takes vision and persistence over a long period of time. This type of work also requires new and creative partnerships. The Overland Jeep 80-acre site in Toledo, Ohio is a great example of working partnerships. From 1888 to 2006, the site was home to Toledo’s century-old automobile manufacturing hub,[…]

IRS Extends Deadlines for Qualified Opportunity Zone Investors

On June 4, 2020, the Department of Treasury and IRS issued Notice 2020-39.  This Notice modifies the deadlines contained in Notice 2020-23 as described in my May 21st article.  The new Notice issued on June 4th provides additional extensions of time to investors of qualified opportunity funds (QOFs) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Specifically,[…]

Elizabeth Ewbank

Elizabeth Ewbank

Liz Ewbank is the Business Operations Manager for Real Estate Recovery Capital, a privately-funded real estate investment firm specializing in repurposing Brownfields and surplus property. She orchestrates all day-to-day operational details, including internal reporting and marketing. Her background is in marketing, sales, process creation, project management, and key account management. In her most recent position[…]