2019 Virginia Brownfields Conference to Feature BL CEO Dan French on the Future of Bluefield Development
Annual Virginia brownfields conference will be held in Norfolk where the future of bluefield development is a clear and present concern.
Hosted by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Brownfields Land Renewal Program, this year’s annual brownfield conference in the Commonwealth is taking place at the Slover Library, in beautiful downtown Norfolk. The library's innovative design functions as a vital and dynamic center of community learning, leading-edge technology and civic engagement, available to all citizens of the region. More than just a public library, it is known as an attraction for residents and visitors alike.
Join Virginia DEQ for an important event programmed with essential information and illuminating speakers providing the very latest information on brownfield redevelopment in Virginia. Among the impressive roster of speakers is BL’s own Dan French, who will deliver featured remarks that will dig into the deeply important and existential issue of bluefield development to combat rising seas, stronger storms, stormwater failures and deadly floods.
With both words and action, U.S. ACE, U.S. EPA and many other government agencies responsible for our built-environment are sounding the bell for local communities to engage the bluefield issue seriously. U.S. EPA, for example, under new rules passed by Congress in the nation's first brownfield reauthorization, will now give additional consideration to sites in floodplains and sites on the waterfront during the brownfield grant application scoring process. And U.S. EPA's new WIFIA grant program has already leverage many billions of dollars in new water infrastructure development in its relatively short programmatic life.
The 2019 Virginia brownfield conference kicks off with a half-day of great workshops and sessions on Wednesday, followed by a networking reception on the beautiful Norfolk waterfront.
On Thursday, there is a full day of groundbreaking programming that will examine brownfields, bluefields and all things relating to real estate redevelopment in Virginia.
Date and Time
Wed, Jul 24, 2019, 1:00 PM –
Thu, Jul 25, 2019, 5:00 PM EDT
235 East Plume St. Norfolk, VA 23510
Rooms are available at a conference rate of $94/night at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterfront Hotel. Reserve your room today!
What's a "Bluefield"?
A bluefield possesses water resources itself or has access to a navigable body of water such as a river, sea, or ocean—either directly or via canal or port. Some bluefields can support viable commercial uses, and many of these commercial bluefields have definitive access or riparian rights. Many other Bluefields merely provide simple enjoyment for the property owners and tenants. Use the bluefield tag as one of the many tags in the BrownfieldListings.com Taxonomy to post a watershed development RFP, RFQ or RFI, or to simply signal water resources or concerns on your property or in your project.