2000 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

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Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 11:42:22 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Brownfields 2000 - Research and Regionalism
Brownfields 2000 - Research and Regionalism:  
Revitalizing the American Community is only weeks away!!!

Successful brownfields development is a result of creativity and working
together.  The four previous years of national brownfields conferences have
proven that the links among research, regionalism and community are
important in achieving success.  Research gives us the opportunity, by
collecting and sharing information, to learn from the lessons and
experiences of others.  Regionalism reminds us that brownfields development
does not happen in isolation but rather within the influences of the area,
in which the brownfields exist.  Community needs and objectives strengthen
the brownfields development process and ensure a "win-win" situation for
all those involved.

During Brownfields 2000, we will tap into national and international
research efforts as well as successful local and regional strategies in
order to give the conference participants both a greater knowledge, and a
greater capacity to return home and help revitalize their respective

With nearly 2100 advanced registrations received, Brownfields 2000 promises
to be a dynamic event.  To assist the attendees in navigation through the
extensive conference program, six Tracks have been developed.

Track 1 - Brownfields Fundamentals

Brownfields development is a multi-dimensional subject. Take notes and get
a good understanding of the basics that can make the brownfields cleanup
and redevelopment process easier.  Track 1 Sessions will cover topics like
history, insurance, financing, environmental assessment and remediation,
public health, real estate and more.  Participation in these Sessions will
give you a complete picture of the brownfields development process and
demonstrate how current work and research efforts are overcoming the
difficult challenges associated with brownfields.

Track 2 - The Three E's: Economics, Environment and Equity (E3)

Brownfields are an asset to the community. Sessions in Track 2 will cover
topics like job training, environment justice, neighborhoods, banking, land
use planning, partnerships and more.  Participation in these Sessions will
help you to maximize the E3 value of brownfields properties in your
community.  Learn from the efforts of others and hear the outcome of
cutting-edge work and research.

Track 3 - Creating Value and the Future Use

Learn how brownfields have been prosperously reused.  Track 3 Sessions will
cover topics like eco-industrial parks, recreation, housing, retail,
waterfront and more.  Participation in these Sessions will give you
insights into the many opportunities and amenities that can be created from
brownfields properties.  The work and research of many will give you a
jump-start on making the most of your community assets. 

Track 4 - Former Uses and Managing Liability and Risk

Brownfields development can be hindered by a fear of liability and risk.
Sessions in Track 4 will cover reuse options and approaches to properties
such as gas stations, landfills, military installations, mining sites,
riverfronts and more.  Participation in these Sessions will leave you with
some ideas about how to balance liability and risk to end up with a
successful brownfields development.  Why re-invent the wheel when you can
learn from researchers and experts who have had similar experiences?

Track 5 - Marketplace of Ideas

In addition to the traditional Tracks and Sessions, Brownfields 2000 will
again offer a series of Marketplace of Ideas Sessions.  These interactive
and informal discussions will cover a wide range of topics such as
conservation design, business incubators, phytoremediation and brownfields
market trends to name a few.  Further, these Sessions will offer
Brownfields 2000 attendees the opportunity to participate in round tables,
small discussion groups, computer aided presentations, room-size
role-plays, hypotheticals and documentary viewing.  This is real
participation!  Roll up your sleeves, open you minds, brainstorm with your
peers and pick up some great ideas, insights and research successes to help
answer some of your brownfields questions.

Track 6 - Lessons From the Field

The voice of experience tells us that there is no single approach to
brownfields development.  The Sessions in Track 6 will not only highlight
the National Phoenix Award finalists, but also share the ingredients of
their successful brownfields projects.  These Sessions will also
demonstrate successful regional approaches to brownfields development.
Consistent with the conference theme of 'Regionalism', three of the
Sessions will highlight what New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania are
doing to revitalize their communities.  Sessions in this Track will also be
dedicated to addressing what initiatives, challenges and successes Tribal
Communities are experiencing as well as a look at what general trends are
dominating the fifty states and their brownfields. 

And because of an overwhelming interest in conference participation, a
Poster Session has been added to this year's program.

Brownfields 2000 Poster Session - New for 2000!!!

The 2000 Poster Session will make more research, information and success
stories available to Brownfields 2000 participants.  Around 50 Posters will
be organized into topic-organized aisles in two Atlantic City Convention
Center rooms.  Some of the topics you will see include Remediation
Technologies, Community Involvement, Public Health, Planning and Smart
Growth, Financing, Legal and Policy, Risk Management, Site Characterization
and Successful Brownfields Re-Use.  Explore these aisles and their
important brownfields issues and speak one-on-one with the people who have
developed innovative solutions and practices for some of the brownfields
industry's toughest challenges.

Also new this year is the National Phoenix Awards program facilitated by
the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP).  Finalists
from each of the ten U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) regions
will make presentations highlighting their methods for success and the
Grand Prize will be awarded during the Friday, October 13, 2000 Breakfast
Plenary spectacular!

Do not forget to mark you calendars for October 11 - 13, 2000.  Presented
by the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP), with (your
organization's name here), the USEPA and other organizations as
Co-Sponsors, Brownfields 2000 - Research and Regionalism: Revitalizing the
American Community will be held at the Atlantic City Convention Center in
Atlantic City, New Jersey.  This year, there are a total of twenty-two
Co-Sponsors creating the Brownfields 2000 Co-Sponsor Boardwalk.
Additionally, as of September 22, 2000, 214 Endorsers have confirmed their
support of the conference.

For more detailed and complete information on this year's conference, visit
the Brownfields 2000 web site @ http://www.brownfields2000.org or call Amy
Lesko, Brownfields 2000 Project Coordinator @ (412) 261-0710 x32.

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