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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Episode 4 – Making Green Construction Possible w/ Jon Williams

Today’s podcast features long-time brownfield redeveloper Jon Williams, who recently founded Viridi Parente, a company that manufactures electric-powered drive systems for construction vehicles and related equipment. Jon discusses his experiences in bringing environmentally-troubled sites back into the economy and his new venture creating greener forms of construction equipment and energy storage. More information on these initiatives[…]

Episode 3 – The Past and Future of Brownfields Redevelopment w/ Barry Hersh

Barry Hersh’s experiences as a leader in brownfields redevelopment are the focus of this episode of the Redevelopment Institute Podcast. In his interview with Leslie Parrish, Barry talks about how he got started in brownfields and the changes in the field in the intervening years. After a discussion of some innovative brownfields projects across the[…]

Episode 2 – Economic Gardening® w/ Chris Gibbons

In this episode of the Redevelopment Institute Podcast, Leslie Parrish interviews Chris Gibbons, founder of the National Center for Economic Gardening. Chris describes this exciting economic development strategy, which can assist local firms with high-growth potential to discover new regional, national, and international markets. He also shares how his organization partners with economic development agencies[…]

Episode 1 – The Vision of the Redevelopment Institute w/ Michael B. Taylor

Redevelopment Institute

In our inaugural episode, Leslie Parrish interviews Michael B. Taylor, the founder of the Redevelopment Institute and Vita Nuova, LLC. Throughout this podcast, we’ll be discussing best practices in brownfield redevelopment and revitalization as we work together to overcome challenges and rebuild communities. Recorded November 29, 2021