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December 06, 2016
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December 13, 2016
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Intro Brownfields Finance WebCourse
December 14-15, 2016
Daily: 12-5pm Eastern

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January 25-26, 2017
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Intro Brownfields Finance WebCourse
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The Intro Brownfields Finance WebCourse 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:

  • Lecture
  • 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
  • Underwriters
  • Commercial bankers
  • Accountants
  • Financial advisors
  • Policy makers
Course Advisor:

Emily Moser serves as the Course Advisor for the Intro Brownfields Finance WebCourse. Emily is a Program Manager for the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), in which she manages CDFA's Brownfields Technical Assistance Program, which provides financing technical assistance to brownfield redevelopment projects. The program offers free online resources via the Brownfields Financing Toolkit, a Brownfields Financing Webinar Series, and a monthly newsletter. Technical Assistance opportunities include the Brownfields Project Marketplace and on-site technical assistance offered via Project Response Teams.

Prior to joining CDFA, Emily worked for Homeport, a non-profit housing developer, where she managed the redevelopment of single family housing for a neighborhood revitalization project. Emily has a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor's Degree in English from Hillsdale College.

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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.


12:00 – 12:30 pm Welcome & Overview

Welcome participants, introduce CDFA, and set the stage for the course.

Emily Moser, Course Advisor
Program Manager
Council of Development Finance Agencies

12:30 – 1:30 pmBrownfields 101

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.

Charlie Bartsch
Senior Advisor for Economic Development
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

1:30 – 1:45 pmBreak

1:45 – 3:00 pmUnderstanding Brownfields Redevelopment

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.

Seth Otto
Senior Planner
Maul Foster Alongi

Gerry Kirkpatrick
Managing Partner & Brownfields Practice Leader
Environmentl Standards, Inc.

Evans Paull
Redevelopment Economics

3:00 – 3:15 pmBreak

3:15 – 5:00 pmBrownfields Legal and Regulatory Landscape

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.

Andrew Levine
Partner & Co-Chair, Environmental
Stradely Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP

Bern Rappold
Greenberg Traurig LLP

Rachel Lentz
Environmental Protection Specialist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

5:00 pmAdjourn


12:00 – 12:15 pmRevisiting Day One

Emily Moser, Course Advisor
Program Manager
Council of Development Finance Agencies

12:15 – 1:45 pmFederal Funding Sources for Brownfields

The start 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.

David Ives
Sustainability & Planning Coordinator
Economic Development Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

Patricia Overmeyer
Land Revitalization Coordinator
Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Bennett Hilley
Assistant Director for Credit Review
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

1:45 – 2:00 pmBreak

2:00 – 3:30 pm Financing Tools for Brownfields Redevelopment

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.'

Charlie Bartsch
Senior Advisor for Economic Development
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Micheal Pehur
Development Finance Consulting Director
Duane Morris Government Strategies

3:30 – 5:00 pmState and Local Financing Strategies for Brownfields

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.

David Ebersole
Assistant Director of Economic Development
City of Cleveland, OH

Olivia Hough
Brownfields Coordinator
City of Springfield, MO

Mat Abraham
Community Development Officer
New Jersey Economic Development Authority

5:00 pm Adjourn
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The Intro Brownfields Finance WebCourse will take place on the web through GoToWebinar, an online distance learning software. The course will meet each day on December 14-15, 2016 from 12:00-5:00 pm (Eastern). You must have access to a computer and phone to attend the WebCourse.

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The Intro Brownfields Finance WebCourse qualifies for the CDFA Training Institute's Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Start down the road to personal and professional advancement today.

CDFA permits only one person to login and participate in the course. If multiple people are accessing the course without paying to attend, we will terminate your connection and access to GoToWebinar. CDFA offers group discounts for organizations that wish to register multiple people.

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