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Brownfield Grant Funding Workshop

Community Brownfield Revitalization Grant Funding Workshop - Sept 15, Grinnell, Iowa 

As a leader in your community, you know that it can be difficult to redevelop abandoned, underutilized, or neglected properties, especially when environmental issues related to liability and costs for regulatory cleanup are present. Does your community have a closed gas station, abandoned petroleum bulk plant, or a vacant building with questions about how to deal with asbestos that has hindered reuse interest in redevelopment? If so, you have a brownfield site in your community, and there are resources to help turn that site into something useful! Vibrant community spaces such as housing, parks, trails, and job-creating businesses can be developed on previously used sites, including brownfields. Putting these sites back into use decreases blight, creates jobs, generates additional tax revenues, saves municipal costs, and spurs economic development in the surrounding area.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Brownfields Program and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program (TAB) at Kansas State University invite you to a free workshop, with lunch included, to help Iowa communities learn about brownfield properties and how to fund environmental assessment and cleanup, as well as resources for reinvestment at those sites, through a number of different available resources.

Who should attend:

  • local government elected officials and managers
  • economic development staff
  • community grant writers
  • community members
  • real estate developers
  • commercial real estate brokers
  • lenders
  • regional economic development agencies consultants,
  • city and regional planners and
  • those interested in financial resources for local redevelopment

 

Topics will include:

  • What is a Brownfield and Steps for Successful Redevelopment
  • State and Federal Brownfields Programs
  • Rural and Regional Brownfield Funding Resources
  • Leveraging Resources
  • Success Stories– Speakers from surrounding area. 

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 15th, from 9:30am-4pm, at the Drake Community Library, at 930 Park St. in Grinnell, Iowa. While there is no cost to attend, pre-registration is required. 

Registration: 

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required by September 10, 2015.

(Complementary lunch is included – sponsored by HR Green Companies, Cedar Rapids, Iowa) 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE WORKSHOP AND TO REGISTER at: www.ksutab.org/education/workshops/ 

(If you need help with your registration, please contact Sheree Walsh, chsr@ksu.edu785-532-6519

Questions? Contact: Mel Pins, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, mel.pins@dnr.iowa.gov515-725-8344 

Margaret Renas, Delta Institute & KSU TAB Partner, mrenas@delta-institute.org(312) 554-0900, x13

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