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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

4A: PFAS Primer for Brownfields Development
Chair: Troy Conrad, PA Department of Environmental Protection, Harrisburg, PA
Time: 8:30–9:20 A.M.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals with broad industrial application due to their resistance to heat, water and oil. This session will provide a practical primer on PFAS and considerations during property development.  Attendees will learn about the potential industries that used or manufactured PFAS-containing materials, where the regulations are moving, and how assessing, remediating, and managing PFAS impacts differ from contaminants, with which they are familiar.

Speakers: Harry Behzadi, SGS, Rutherford, NJ; Richard Evans, Groundwater & Environmental Services, Inc., Exton, PA; Ronald Kolun, Ph.D., TetraTech, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

4B: TIF Trends: Policy and Practice
Chair: Emily Moser, Council of Development Finance Agencies, Columbus, OH
Time: 8:30–9:20 A.M.

The use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) as a tool for brownfield redevelopment allows local governments to invest in the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites and pay for it by capturing the increase in property tax revenue generated by the enhancements to the site. TIF empowers local governments to make investments that would otherwise not be supported by the market. It has enabled the redevelopment of countless brownfield projects using targeted investment, supporting industrial development, and creating jobs. Through case studies, we explore how TIF can be strategically used for brownfield redevelopment projects and how it combines with other financing tools in the capital stack. This session will cover the basics of TIF policy, appropriate use, various approaches and financing structures, and community buy-in.

Speakers: Michael Pehur, Duane Morris Government Strategies, Pittsburgh, PA; Tom Link, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

4C: Green Infrastructure on Brownfields
Time: 8:30–9:20 A.M.

Once you have demonstrated that existing environmental impacts have been addressed as part of your brownfield project, it’s time to think vertical and evaluate enhancing the property by incorporating sustainable development techniques into the redevelopment phase. This session will present state-of-the-art techniques in managing water on brownfield sites and share insights from ongoing case studies. Topics discussed include aesthetics, regulatory considerations, long-term maintenance, and design criteria.

Moderator/Chair: Tysen Miller, P.E., LEED AP, CPESC, KU Resources, Inc., Duquesne, PA
Speaker: Jim Pillsbury, MS, P.E., Westmoreland Conservation District, Greensburg, PA

Morning Break
Time: 9:30-10:00 A.M.
It’s time for the morning stretch break and time to network with fellow attendees and browse the exhibit hall.

5A: Brownfields Renaissance: Lehigh Valley Spotlight
Chair: William (Bill) K. Ahlert, Ph.D., HDR Engineering, Bethlehem, PA
Time: 10:00–10:50 A.M.

Across the Lehigh Valley, the redevelopment of brownfields has spurred renaissances that are leading this former industrial area out of the rust and into the future. This session will highlight the story – from assessment to activity – of the redevelopment of a former railroad repair shop into a community’s first YMCA. The session will also focus on the process of transforming former industrial buildings into centers for innovation.

Speaker: Andrew Kleiner, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Bethlehem, PA

5B: Managing Environmental Risks During Redevelopment
Time: 10:00–10:50 A.M.

The environment for redeveloping brownfield sites has become complicated over the past several years by contaminants of emerging concern (ECs) at trace levels in groundwater (such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances [PFAS]) and vapor intrusion (VI). These issues as well as incomplete remediation have the potential to significantly complicate redevelopment of brownfield sites, resulting in significant unanticipated costs. Environmental Liability Transfer (ELT) is one method, among others, that can help manage environmental costs and risks and help transform a property from a stagnant former industrial site to vibrant part of the community. A panel of experts from the remediation, legal and liability transfer industries will provide an evaluation of diligence issues and managing the risks of these new developments, avoiding costs associated with reopening of closed sites, and using ELTs to manage environmental costs.

Moderator: Colleen Kokas, ELT, Inc., Lahaska, PA
Speakers: Christopher Roe, Fox Rothschild, LLP, Exton, PA; Stephen Maxwell; Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc, Philadelphia, PA

5C: Technical Aspects of Developing Brownfields for Industrial Use
Chair: Jill Gaito, Gaito & Associates, LLC, Harrisburg, PA
Time: 10:00–10:50 A.M.

The emergence of opportunities for downstream petrochemical manufacturing will require the preparation of large sites suitable for such industrial uses, which may have special needs for freight access, brownfields remediation prior to construction, major infrastructure upgrades, and the effective application of economic development incentives. Each panelist has considerable experience in developing sites and/or tackling infrastructure and funding challenges related to the burgeoning regional petrochemical and manufacturing industries. Approaches to these development opportunities in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania will be shared.

Moderator: Brian Clark, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Harrisburg, PA
Speakers: Dominick Anselmo, Hull & Associates, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA; Pat Ford, Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle, Weirton, WV; Paul Boulier, Industry and Innovation, Team North East Ohio, Cleveland, OH

6A: Urban Brownfields to Community Trails
Chair: Greg Firely, BCES, Langan Engineering, Doylestown, PA
Time: 11:00–11:50 A.M.

This session will present the process taken by two non-profit agencies in two cities, Philadelphia and Allentown in utilizing public private partnerships and leveraging grant funding to transform former brownfields into vibrant community public spaces and trails. The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) will present the process of leveraging US EPA brownfields grant to transform a brownfield site into a community asset as part of the Schuylkill Banks recreation trail.  The PIDC’s consultant, Langan Engineering, will discuss the risk based closure approach that was developed and approved by the PA Department of Environmental Protection in order to achieve Act 2 release of liability without the need for costly remediation. The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation will present the process of brownfields to trail with multiple success stories. Their presentation will provide an overview of several distinct brownfields to trails projects; the partnerships needed to make them successful and environmental hurdles they overcame.

Speakers: Andrew Kleiner, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Bethlehem, PA; Kate McNamara, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Philadelphia, PA

6B: We built it. They came. We rebuilt it. They came. We reinvented it. They came in droves. Managing Change, Preparing for the Future and Being Cool About It
Chair: William (Bill) K. Ahlert, Ph.D., HDR Engineering, Bethlehem, PA
Time: 11:00–11:50 A.M.

The Lehigh Valley has the highest rate of industrial facility growth in the US and second fastest in the world, coupled with over 50 years of population growth the region is in a tremendous transition. Managing change is complicated but, an integrated transportation-environment-land use strategy involving two-counties and 62 municipal governments that leverages green infrastructure, equitable investment in road/bridge/transit/bike and pedestrian systems, prepares for climate change and plans for a future driven by autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and enhanced connectivity is yielding remarkable results.

Speaker: Becky Bradley, AICP, Lehigh Planning Commission, Allentown, PA

6C: Don’t Let Redevelopment Happen To You!
Chair: Jill Gaito, Gaito & Associates, LLC, Harrisburg, PA
Time: 11:00–11:50 A.M.

The Brownfield Area-Wide Plan (AWP) program is special due to the fact that is looks at the end-game of brownfield reuse as a way to inform the technical assessment and remediation activities. The Community Engagement component of the Program ensures that the properties are redeveloped in a manner that meets the impacted community’s highest and best use goals in addition to capitalizing on the market drivers. This session will present lessons learned from successful AWP projects across the country, applications for Pennsylvania communities, and what opportunities are on the horizon for the APW program in the near future.

Speakers: Sean Garrigan, RLA, AICP, ASLA, Stromberg/Garrigan & Associates, Inc., Somerset, PA; Jill Gaito, Gaito & Associates, LLC, Harrisburg, PA; Matt Ward, Sustainable Strategies DC, Washington, D.C.; Mario Leone, Borough of Monaca, Beaver County, PA

Exhibit Hall Luncheon
Time: 12:00 Noon-12:45 P.M.
Wednesday’s lunch is set throughout the exhibit hall, providing registered attendees the opportunity to lunch and learn, as they visit with exhibitors and enjoy our strolling buffet. Lunch is included in your registration fee.

Conference Conclusion and Closing Remarks
Chair: Troy Conrad, PA Department of Environmental Protection, Harrisburg, PA; Joe Perse, GEI/BCONE, Mt. Laurel, NJ
Time: 12:45-1:15 P.M.

W3: Winning EPA Brownfield Grants – Tips and Tricks for Success
Time: 1:15-3:15 P.M.

Thinking about applying for an EPA Brownfields Grant? Get the Expert’s “Tips and Tricks” for writing a successful proposal and find out what you can be doing now to position yourself for success with the new provisions of the BUILD Act and how they impact the FY19 Guidelines. The EPA’s Brownfields program provides direct funding for brownfields assessment and cleanup. Funding is limited and competition is intense. This workshop is intended to provide a roadmap on how a community can position itself for success as well as common application pitfalls and strategies to address shortcomings.Local, county, and regional government and nonprofit organizations who are currently considering applying for an EPA Brownfield grant should attend.

Speaker: Elizabeth Limbrick, NJIT TAB, Neward, NJ; Felicia Fred, USEPA Region 3, Philadelphia, PA

 

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