Brownfields Workshop to Focus on Redevelopment and Grant Writing

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, the Pulaski County Brownfields Program and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program (TAB) at Kansas State University will co-host a FREE brownfields resources workshop on Thursday, July 15 at 5301 Northshore Drive in North Little Rock. This workshop will focus on the various resources available to assist with redevelopment of brownfields sites to bring them back to beneficial use. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lunch will be served.

Workshop Agenda

Morning topics: “Redevelopment Funding & Revitalization through Brownfields”

Does your community have an abandoned building, old gas station or other potentially contaminated building that is impeding your communities’ future growth?  Topics are designed to help you and your community gain a better understanding of what a Brownfield is, learn how Brownfield revitalization can be a part of your community’s economic development strategy, and hear from state and national representatives on resources available to you and your community. Success stories will be presented.

Afternoon: “EPA Brownfields Grant Proposal Writing Strategies”

Topics will focus on information for local governments and non-profit organizations and their grant writers interested in applying for EPA Assessment (Community-Wide, Site-Specific or Coalition) or Cleanup Grants. Participants will learn response strategies to writing a successful proposal, utilizing the TAB EZ on-line grant writing tool; strategies for planning and community involvement, and partnering strategies required for successful proposals and brownfields initiatives in general.

One-on-one site consultations with the experts.

If you have a brownfield site you would like to discuss with workshop experts, please send in your responses to the KSU TAB Community Consultation – Four Questions Survey by July 8 to: Blase Leven, baleven@ksu.edu. If you need a copy of the survey, please click here.

Who should attend? Local and regional government officials, economic and community development organizations, lenders and real-estate professionals, property owners, consultants, and anyone interested in learning about brownfields or about financial resources for local redevelopment.

Registration: Cost is free and lunch will be provided, but registration is required by July 11.

(If you need assistance with your registration, please contact Sheree Walsh, chsr@ksu.edu, 785-532-6519)

For more information contact:

Josh Fout, Pulaski County, jfout@pulaskicounty.net, 501-340-3594

Blase Leven, KSU TAB, baleven@ksu.edu, 785-532-0780