Get to Brownfields 2017 to Get the Best Brownfield Guidance in the Business
This year’s National Brownfields Training Conference promises to take active engagement to another level when it arrives in Pittsburgh—with more opportunities to grow your professional acumen and advance your property/project than any conference prior.
One big thing that always makes EPA’s bi-annual National Brownfields Training Conference stand out from other conferences is the opportunity for direct interaction with the industry’s top public and private sector professionals. Each year there are even opportunities to work with real redevelopment pros on your project.
As its name implies, EPA’s brownfield conferences orient towards hands-on technical trainings in the various redevelopment disciplines, in addition to more traditional educational and thought-leadership programming. And this December in Pittsburgh, at Brownfields 2017, there are more opportunities than ever to work in real-world and workshop environments with industry-best experts in one of the many participatory activities for you and/or your property/project.
The opportunities actually start before Brownfields 2017 officially begins. A number of pre-conference workshops offer short, half-day and full-day sessions and trainings that directly expose attendees to tools and techniques relevant to the real day-to-day work of real estate redevelopment. Pre-conference topics range from brownfield basics, to farming brownfields, to the “Redevelopment Finance Toolbox” and even training for small business contractors and individual environmental certifications. “Developers Talking Deals” is a fast-paced half-day workshop exposing attendees directly to developers to help them better understand how developers evaluate redevelopment risk and make investment decisions. Panelists will also troubleshoot attendee projects, offer actionable ideas and solutions to help move projects forward.
The Economic Redevelopment Forum (ERF) at Brownfields 2017 is built with specially designed events, educational tracks and other unique features to help attendees make meaningful connections at the conference and takeaway actionable knowledge. The ERF brings together attendees, practitioners and solution-providers in a variety of formats that each contribute to the uniquely engaging and immersive experience at EPA’s National Brownfields Training conferences. It’s all about applied methods, collaboration, dialogue and deal-making.
In Pittsburgh, a primary goal for Brownfields 2017 is to create even more capacity to connect communities, property owners and projects to the technical experts, service providers and developers who can provide expertise and/or be a deal partner. So, this year there are more opportunities to get actively involved than ever before.
SHARK BAIT COMPETITION
First, this year’s featured ERF event is Shark Bait—a competition like the television show Shark Tank. Shark Bait is an opportunity for brownfield-impacted communities to pitch their priority projects, work with a professional team (Lifeguards) to improve the pitch, receive constructive feedback about their project, and then present the project to a panel of Sharks.
THE REDEVELOPMENT RODEO
Next, the Redevelopment Rodeo is an opportunity to wrangle your roughest, rarest or rowdiest redevelopment projects with seasoned professionals—Redevelopment Wranglers—who’ve ridden long, hard trails to highest and best use on many brownfields before. These multidisciplinary redevelopment professionals will provide participants with industry-best technical know-how and work with them to probe each project’s hidden possibilities and pitfalls.
More private consultations are also available during scheduled Redevelopment Consultations. Attending communities, property owners and project leads can speak to one or more experts during a consult and ask specific questions about obstacles they may be facing in their own redevelopment process. Each consultation is unique to each property/project, but topics typically include: advice on preparing a site for redevelopment, guidance on financing projects and assistance reading and interpreting site assessment documents and technical reports.
Sign up for a redevelopment consultation here.
PROPERTY & PROJECT MARKETPLACE
You can also list your property or post a project in the Brownfields 2017 Marketplace in order to connect to professionals and consultants and/or developers. Properties and projects (including RFP & RFQs) can be published to an exclusive marketplace map on the conference website, and also published and featured on BrownfieldListings.com, the national redevelopment marketplace. Participating in the Brownfields 2017 Marketplace is complimentary with registration for all Brownfields 2017 attendees, and also includes additional technical and marketing support services from the Brownfield Listings Team.
The Manchester and Chateau neighborhoods of Pittsburgh are divided by Highway 65. This barrier is limiting the community and economic potential of both neighborhoods by preventing the movement of residents, employees, and tourists between them. With major brownfield redevelopment is underway on the Chateau riverfront, local stakeholders are exploring options to reconnect the neighborhoods.
Tap into your creative mind and contribute to this design charrette with attendees collaboratively exploring possibilities to link the communities over, under, across, through and/or around the “Great Wall of Manchester.”
In the Data Showcase presenters will teach, demo and tutorial through data, tools and technology useful to the redevelopment space. These short, interactive sessions each day will give participants the opportunity to touch cutting-edge technologies, ask questions of experts, and probe the latest research and data for takeaways useful in their own work.
TAB OFFICE HOURS
EPA's Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) program provides FREE, broad-reaching assistance to guide communities, local governments and tribes, with planning, environmental, and re-development aspects of brownfields. Come grab a box lunch with staff from the three national TAB providers and discuss your brownfields questions, one-on-one, with nationally-recognized TAB experts. Walk-in’s welcome, but RSVP here for boxed lunch!
REGIONAL OPEN HOUSES
Arrive a day early and attend your EPA Regional Office’s Open House. On Monday attendees have the opportunity to meet with EPA Regional project officers, learn about the EPA Brownfields Grant programs, ask questions and engage with other stakeholders in your region.
As the largest national event focused on redeveloping brownfield properties and creating more sustainable communities where thousands of industry professionals and decision makers come together only every other year, Brownfields 2017, will also host a huge exhibition hall. Meet services providers, EPA representatives, nonprofit organizations and so many others stakeholders who book booths just to be on the exhibit hall floor and engage with the many thousands advocates, practitioners, novices and decision makers from the private sector, local, state and federal agencies, nonprofit and community groups, and academia who will attend.
Be sure to come and find the Brownfield Listings’ booth. We’ll see you on the floor!
Are you interested in exhibiting Brownfields? A complete exhibitor prospectus can be found here.
If you attending Brownfields 2017 and would like to benefit from the available technical assistance, you can try to apply to both Shark Bait and the Redevelopment Rodeo, as well as all the other the technical assistance events. But don’t delay because space is limited and time is running out. Sign up TODAY!
Shark Bait and Redevelopment Rodeo applications are due September 1, 2017
If you are not attending Brownfields 2017, you can remedy that by registering here.
Still not convinced? Brownfields 2017 will be the only place you will be able to get the new, amazing and limited edition Brownfields Listings T-shirts (not shown below).