The Intro Brownfields Finance Course is the industry’s only comprehensive training curriculum that helps economic developers, policy makers and real estate professionals understand and master the financing strategies for the lifecycle of a brownfield property. During this course, attendees will walk through the entire brownfields redevelopment process from understanding the basics of brownfields and legal and regulatory challenges to unearthing the myriad financing tools available to both clean-up and build-up these contaminated or polluted sites.
Brownfields pose both perceived and real threats to the health, safety and economic future of many communities. These sites often come with lingering legal, regulatory and site control challenges on top of the underlying environmental hurdles and can become major roadblocks to economic development. Economic developers, policy makers and real estate professional from all sizes of communities are encouraged to attend to explore the financing tools available to projects as small as a gas station clean-up to larger adaptive reuse case studies of major legacy site contamination sites.
This course qualifies for the CDFA Training Institute's Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Start down the road to personal and professional advancement today.
|By attending, you will:
- Understand the basics of brownfields
- Learn the history of contamination, brownfields development and redevelopment, and the clean-up movement
- Examine the legal and regulatory landscape
- Discuss barriers to clean-up, including financial, environmental, planning, site control, liability, etc.
- Discover essential financing sources for clean-up and redevelopment, including tax credits, TIF, bonds, RLFs, and more
- Evaluate the potential financing tools available and why they may or may not work
- Consider build out strategies that incorporate image, community buy-in, developers, and land control
- Discuss case studies from urban, suburban, rural, adaptive reuse, creative reuse, and historic developments
||You will learn through:
- Real life case studies
- Presentations from industry experts
|Topics covered include:
- Definitions, descriptions and terms in brownfield redevelopment
- The basics and history of brownfield clean-up
- Environmental, legal and regulatory barriers to clean-up and redevelopment
- Clean-up financing programs, tools, resources and mechanism
- Post clean-up financing methods, tools, programs and partnerships
- Addressing misperceptions and image challenges
- Layered financing models
- Case studies – urban, suburban, rural, legacy, adaptive reuse and public-private partnerships
||Who should attend?
- Bond issuers
- Economic development professionals
- Community development professionals
- Elected officials
- Government and nonprofit finance officers
- Corporate trustees
- Legal counsel
- Commercial bankers
- Financial advisors
- Policy makers
The following is the preliminary agenda for this course. This agenda will be updated and modified slightly to accommodate speakers and content. However, the main areas of content as outlined in this agenda will be covered.
|7:30 – 8:30 am ||Registration and Continental Breakfast|
Welcome participants, introduce CDFA, and set the stage for the course.
|8:30 – 9:00 am ||Welcome and Overview|
At the start of the Intro Brownfields Finance Course, we will introduce basic terms, discuss the various players involved in a brownfields project, and provide an overview of the clean-up and redevelopment philosophies. With an estimated 500,000+ brownfields sites in the United States, nearly every state and communities of all sizes have been effected. This session will outline some of the important economic and political benchmarks for why these sites became contaminated and explain the steps that government and industry have taken to address clean-up and establish environmental controls.
|9:00 – 10:00 am||Brownfields 101|
One of the most important steps in a successful brownfields redevelopment is knowing your remediation and financing strategies, and how the two inform each other. In fact, these strategies often work in tandem in order to see a project to completion. During this session, we will consider the necessary components of an effective redevelopment strategy. Topics covered include the players involved, identifying partners and finding developers, land control, public buy-in, and addressing the needs of the community.
|10:15 – 11:15 pm||Understanding Brownfields Redevelopment|
Understanding the legal and regulatory environment surrounding brownfields sites is critical to seeing success in the clean-up and redevelopment phases. During this session, learn about the various environmental and tax laws governing brownfields clean-up and the role that federal, state, and local governments play in the regulatory process. We will also outline some of the most common barriers to clean-up, including financing, environmental, planning, site control, and who carries the liability.
|11:15 – 12:00 pm||Brownfields Legal and Regulatory Landscape|
|12:00 – 1:00 pm||Lunch on Your Own|
The end of Day 1 will focus on the financing programs and tools available from federal agencies for brownfields clean-up and redevelopment. A variety of federal agencies will be on-hand to discuss their programs, explain how to use them, and help you consider which financing strategies to employ given certain types of brownfields sites.
|1:00 – 2:30 pm||Federal Funding Sources for Brownfields|
Several tools exist in the development finance toolbox for brownfields redevelopment. During this session, we will consider how bonds, tax increment financing, tax credits, and loan programs can be applied to various brownfields redevelopment projects. This session will set the stage for the final phase of the course as we look at how these financing tools are layered to address the entire financing needs of a project’s capital stack.
|2:30 – 3:15 pm ||Financing Tools for Brownfields Redevelopment|
The Intro Brownfields Finance Course will close with a showcase of how communities across the country have financed brownfields redevelopment. Several different types of projects will be presented, including urban, suburban, and rural projects, along with creative approaches for adaptive reuse, historic developments, and more. Discussion will focus on the various state and local financing resources, how the capital was assembled, and important items to consider when layering tools given the scope of the project.
|3:30 – 5:00 pm||State and Local Financing Strategies for Brownfields|
Check back for upcoming course dates or email CDFA to find out when this course will next be offered.
The Intro Brownfields Finance Course qualifies for the CDFA Training Institute's Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Start down the road to personal and professional advancement today.
|Early-Bird Registration||Standard Registration|