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[…]

Join us at Brownfields 2022!

Brownfields 2022 is coming up quickly! It will take place in Oklahoma City from August 16–19. The passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which allotted $1.5 billion to the EPA Brownfields Program, makes this a great opportunity to learn more about how to take advantage of this funding and best practices. Several members of Vita[…]

Watch It Again: The Katahdin Region Former Mill Funding Strategy Workshop

This workshop brought together representatives from the mill communities of East Millinocket, Millinocket, and Lincoln with federal, state, and private funders. In this interactive session, representatives of the communities met virtually with those that might provide funding for infrastructure, new initiatives, and business startup and expansion. This event was sponsored by the USEPA Region 1[…]

EPA Releases 2021 Brownfields Federal Programs Guide 

Need additional public funding? Updated every two years, the EPA’s Brownfields Federal Programs Guide is an essential resource for communities looking to finance brownfields redevelopment projects. When considering the funding available, it’s important for stakeholders to think beyond the EPA. Indeed, help could come from federal agencies ranging from the Department of Defense to the[…]

EPA Adds Two Guides to Land Revitalization Toolkit

Redevelopment of a blighted or contaminated site is not an easy task, however, there are steps you can take to reduce the risks involved in the process and attract the right investment. To that end, in December 2021, the EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization added two documents to their Land Revitalization Toolkit: Preparing Your Plan for[…]

Risky Business: Overcoming Challenges to Attracting Investment at Brownfield Sites

As part of USEPA’s Re-Development Academy, part 2 of the 3-part webinar series discussed addressing risks upfront when preparing to attract investment at brownfield sites. Redevelopment of brownfields in economically distressed areas can present additional risks or constraints that are unique to the environmental and financial concerns of a project. These risks, whether they be[…]

Brownfields Safe Reuse and Investment Packages: A Roadmap for Communities

Redevelopment of a blighted or contaminated site is not an easy task, however, there are steps you can take to reduce the risks involved in the process and attract the right investment.  Communities and private investors often think about redevelopment from two different perspectives.  Understanding this, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Brownfields and[…]

Removing the Barriers: Repositioning Brownfields Sites for Success

  As part of USEPA’s Re-Development Academy, part 1 of the 3-part webinar series discusses how repositioning can make the difference between redevelopments that succeed and those that fail—and it’s more than just marketing. Repositioning is a term used in the real-estate world to describe actions that prepare a site for reuse or redevelopment. This[…]

Webinar Series Coming this Fall: Catalyzing Redevelopment in Economically Distressed Areas

A Three-Part Webinar Series offered by EMS and Vita Nuova, LLC in conjunction with US EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization The Real Estate Development Academy Program (RE-Development Academy) is hosting a series of webinars focused on successful redevelopment practices as a lead in to a Brownfields University Workshop offered at the National Brownfields[…]