2023 Grant Funding Announced

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that approximately $169 million in funding is available for Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants under the Fiscal Year 2023 grant competitions. This funding, which is boosted by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, represents a significant investment in overburdened and underserved communities.EPA anticipates awarding approximately 198[…]

Episode 8 – Expanding the Brownfield Redevelopment Table w/ Jean Hamerman and Joelle Greenland

In this episode of the Redevelopment Institute Podcast, Leslie Parrish interviews Jean Hamerman and Joelle Greenland from the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR). CCLR is a national nonprofit focused on the equitable and sustainable clean-up of brownfields, with an environmental justice lens. Jean and Joelle discuss how approaches to brownfield redevelopment have evolved to become more[…]

EDA Funding Opportunity Alert

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has announced two new notices of funding opportunities: the FY 2022 CARES Act Economic Recovery Corps and the Equity Impact Investment program. These two programs are designed to support underserved communities throughout the United States. The Economic Recovery Corps is a network of fellows designed to add human capital to[…]

Episode 7 – From Regulator to Developer: A Unique Perspective w/ Collen Kokas

Colleen Kokas, EVP at Environmental Liability Transfer (ELT), discusses the multi-disciplinary aspects of site remediation in this episode of the Redevelopment Institute Podcast. As a former regulator and brownfields project manager for NJDEP, Colleen discusses the transition to private developer. She talks about projects past and present, and how this still largely male-dominated field continues to evolve. Colleen[…]

USDA Rural Development Launches Placemaking Toolkit

USDA Rural Development and The University of Kentucky have launched a new digital placemaking toolkit for rural communities. This will allow leaders across America to access resources that will assist in assessing their communities for placemaking readiness.   Placemaking includes plans to create quality places where people want live, work, and visit. This can be created[…]

New Rural Community Resources Guide Available

The USDA and EDA have teamed up to offer assistance in improving communities as places to live and work. This new guide outlines the programs available to help community organizations access USDA and EDA resources to build strategies to boost economic development in rural America. The four focus areas are: Planning and technical assistance Infrastructure[…]

The Race for Industrial Space

The need for industrial logistics space has never been higher. In compiled research by JLL across sixty US markets, vacancy rates for warehouse space is the lowest on record. Fueling this gap in supply is the fact that three quarters of the industrial warehouse space in the United States is twenty years or older. This[…]

Episode 6 – Engaging the Stakeholders w/ Tim Fields

Tim Fields, Facilitator, MDB

In this episode, we talk with Tim Fields, whose brownfields experience spans decades. Mr. Fields served as the Assistant Administrator for OSWER at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, helping to create the brownfields program, the superfund redevelopment program, and more. He is now the Senior Vice President heading up MDB, Inc.’s Environmental Management practice. Mr. Fields provides insights[…]

Show Me How: Brownfields Redevelopment in Economically Distressed Areas

As part of USEPA’s Re-Development Academy, part 3 of the 3-part webinar series focused on successful brownfield redevelopments in economically distressed areas. Each site story explained site conditions prior to redevelopment; the tools and approaches used to identify opportunities and constraints and reposition the property; market activities and how buyers were identified; and the deal[…]

Episode 5 – Appreciating Appalachia w/ Will Warren

Will Warren is on a mission to spread the word about the culture, community, and economic opportunity in Appalachia—a region made up of 13 states and home to over 25 million people. With a background in economic development, Will and his brother have launched a podcast called Appalachia Meets World that touches on a variety[…]