Nearly 70 of the region’s business and environmental leaders convened Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 at Kemron for a riveting discussion about which brownfield redevelopments are poised to reshape the Westside, environmental obstacles that have been encountered, the use of state resources, and announcements about what’s on the horizon.
As Atlanta’s Westside continues to experience an important resurgence, with limited untouched land remaining, stakeholders increasingly are looking to brownfields for redevelopment. As this happens, millions of dollars in private and public capital are being invested to transform historic neighborhood and develop new commercial districts. These unique brownfield opportunities also come with unique environmental challenges – but they’re not necessarily dealbreakers. If approached thoughtfully, they don’t have to create undue liabilities and can instead present rare opportunities for redevelopment.
Attendees heard from a panel featuring some of the leaders most involved in reshaping the Westside, including:
- Lee Harrop, VP of Real Estate Development, Westside Future Fund: View Presentation
- Schroder Voyles, Real Estate Project Manager, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.: View Presentation
- Jill Arrington, Executive Director, Groundwork Atlanta: View Presentation
- Andrew White, Director of Park Visioning, Park Pride: View Presentation Part A, View Presentation Part B
Renewable Energy Projects at Brownfield Sites
Continued climate change emphasis on renewable energy, incorporation of renewable energy into brownfield redevelopment projects can be beneficial. This program will present business, environmental and regulatory prospective to consider in evaluating brownfield redevelopment projects for incorporation of renewable energy. Answering:
- How can Brownfield redevelopment projects incorporate renewable energy?
- For Brownfields Sites with limited development potential, might a renewable energy installation be a viable use?
- Are there any incentives for renewable energy at Brownfields?
Featured speakers include:
- Tully Blalock, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, SolAmerica Energy
- Charlie Denton, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
When: May 8, 2019
Where: Barnes & Thornburg LLP, 3475 Piedmont Road N.E., Suite 1700, Atlanta, GA 30305
Registration: $20 members / $35 non-members
Georgia Brownfield Association’s Coastal Committee to Host “Brownfields for Bankers” Lunch Event on March 25
The Georgia Brownfield Association Coastal Committee is hosting a “Brownfields for Bankers” lunch presentation and discussion.
One of Georgia’s most powerful economic tools is the state’s brownfield law, providing protections and incentives to prospective purchasers of environmentally impacted properties. Since the inception of the program in 2003, more than 550 cleanups have been completed, returning properties with valuable infrastructure in important corridors to productive use. Lenders play a critical role in this significant economic development opportunity for Georgia’s communities.
This program will inform lenders and others on the opportunities of investing in brownfields, dispel myths on such redevelopments, and provide an opportunity for discussion on how the program works.
When: March 25, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Pirate’s House, 20 E Broad St, Savannah, GA 31401
- Shannon Ridley, Brownfield Coordinator, Georgia EPD
- Justin Johnson, Senior Geologist, Terracon
Registration: $15 per person
Georgia Brownfield Association Columbus Committee to Host “Brownfields for Bankers” Lunch Event on Jan. 31
The Georgia Brownfield Association is partnering with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the River Valley Regional Commission for a “Brownfields for Bankers” lunch presentation and discussion.
One of Georgia’s most powerful economic tools is the state’s brownfield law, providing protections and incentives to prospective purchasers of environmentally impacted properties. Since the inception of the program in 2003, more than 460 cleanups have been completed, returning properties with valuable infrastructure in important corridors to productive use. Lenders play a critical role in this significant economic development opportunity for Georgia’s communities.
When: January 31, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Chattahoochee River Club, 1100 Bay Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901
- Shannon Ridley, Brownfield Coordinator Georgia EPD
- Jim Livingston, Director of the River Valley Regional Commission
Registration: $10 per person.
Coastal Committee Presents: Brownfields in Brunswick
The Georgia Brownfield Association Coastal Committee announces Brownfields in Brunswick Lunch Event on January 25, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Brunswick Development Authority.
Sponsored by the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority, Georgia Power, and Honeywell, the event will highlight important details of working with brownfields in Georgia, including opportunities for redevelopment including tax incentives, mitigating risks, and other key information to help organizations understand the nuances of, and opportunities with, brownfields.
- Camilla Warren, EPA grant manager and site advocate
- Beth Blalock, Counsel, Gilbert Harrell Sumerford and Martin
- Shannon Ridley, Brownfield Coordinator for the EPD
- Brian Kvam, Cardno
When: January 25, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Free to attend. The cost of registration has been generously covered by our event sponsors, Georgia Power, the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority, and Honeywell, but advance registration is requested.
Coastal Committee Presents: Investment and Relocation Trends with Georgia Power’s New GIS Tool; Brownfield Tax Incentive Programs
Start your morning with an hour of powerful content from the Georgia Brownfield Association Coastal Committee, beginning with an economic development update from Georgia Power on investment and relocation trends, alongside a presentation on tax credit opportunities available to facilitate brownfield redevelopment in the region.
Who: The Georgia Brownfield Association Coastal Committee Presents:
- Ricardo Palacios, P.E., Senior Economic Development Engineer, Georgia Power will provide an update about investment and relocation trends, as well as share Georgia Power’s new GIS tool.
- Kimberley Hale, Partner, Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP (KMCL) will share insights into Brownfield Tax abatement incentives, including determining when the Georgia Brownfield Program is a good fit for prospective purchasers of contaminated property and how best to leverage it.
When: Monday, Sept. 25 at 8:30 a.m. Check-in 8:30 a.m. Program 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Where: Savannah Economic Development Authority, 131 Hutchinson Island Road, Fourth Floor, Savannah, GA 31421
Register: $15 members / $25 nonmembers.
Economic Development Outlook on Commercial Real Estate Development and Redevelopment (March 1, 2017)
The Georgia Brownfield Association’s Coastal Committee presents its March 1, 2017 event highlighting updates to brownfield redevelopment under new city, state and federal leadership. Key speakers include:
- Kevin Klinkenberg, Executive Director, Savannah Development and Renewal Authority
- Nick Deffley, MPP, Sustainability Director, City of Savannah
- Jesse Dillon, Business Development Project Manager, Savannah Economic Development Authority
- Shannon Ridley, Brownfield Coordinator. Georgia Environmental Protection Division
- Additional Speakers TBD
- When: March 1, 2017 from 5-7pm
- Where: Savannah Economic Development Authority, 131 Hutchinson Island Road, Savannah, GA 31421
Working group discussion about the Georgia Brownfield Program &
the VRP laws (March 15, 2017)
The Georgia Brownfield Association (GBA) submitted a draft whitepaper to GA EPD in 2016 requesting the GA EPD consider how the following interpretation of the Georgia Brownfield Program (GBP) and the Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP) laws could encourage even more redevelopment of brownfield properties across Georgia.
EPD encouraged GBA to review the HSRA regulations to develop a summary of potential edits/changes to the HSRA rules that would be helpful to the GBA. As such, GBA wishes to engage GBA members to gain feedback on two questions:
- What are the most important risk based tools from the VRP that are most helpful to participants in the GBP?
- What edits/changes to the current HSRA rules need to be made to help participants in the GBP?
- When: Wednesday March 15, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
- Where: Troutman Sanders LLP, 600 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 5200, Atlanta, GA 30308-2216
- Cost: $10 (This is a member-only event.)
Tax credit opportunities to facilitate brownfield development (December 14, 2016)
Please join us for a presentation about tax credit opportunities – including Brownfield, Historic, Job-Based, and New Market – that are available to facilitate brownfield re-development. Kimberley Hale with Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP will lead the discussion.
- When: Wednesday, December 14 from 5:30-7pm
- Where: Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, 171 17th St NW, Suite 2100, Atlanta, GA 30363
- Cost: $20 GBA member, $35 non-member
Coastal Committee Event: Redeveloping the Environmentally Impacted ‘Corner’ Property (November 2, 2016)
Join the Georgia Brownfield Association for its quarterly meeting and enjoy networking with industry leaders, along with a panel discussion, “Redeveloping the Environmentally Impacted ‘Corner’ Property.”
- Bill Bishop, Vice President, Real Estate & Development, The Parker Companies
- Stewart Dixon, Environmental Department Manager, Terracon
- Shannon D. Ridley, Brownfield Coordinator, EPD-Land Protection Branch, Response and Remediation Program, Brownfields Unit
- John Spinrad, Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
- When: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m.; Drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served
- Where: Savannah Economic Development Authority 131 Hutchinson Island Road, Fourth Floor Savannah, GA 31421
- Cost: Cost $15 members / $25 nonmembers; Free admission when you renew your GBA membership or join GBA for 2017
Columbus Brownfields 101 (October 14, 2016)
Join us on for a lunch program in Columbus on October 14 to learn more about Georgia’s brownfield redevelopment regulatory program, available development incentives, and current redevelopment opportunities in our community.
The program will include:
- Brownfield Redevelopment 101, including grants, tax exemptions, and other incentives to develop sites
- Redevelopment in the Enterprise and Opportunity Zones in South Columbus
- Redevelopment in the 2nd Avenue Corridor and the City Village project
- The Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce’s 2025 initiative
When: October 14, 2016 from 11am to 1:30pm
Where: River Valley Regional Commission, 710 Front Avenue, Columbus, GA 31902
Cost: The lunch program is free, but registration is requested
Public Health and Brownfields Panel Discussion (July 19, 2016)
You’re invited to GBA’s panel discussion about brownfield redevelopment and public health – including the environmental, behavioral, mental, and community health benefits of reclamation. The event will include a focus on the revitalization of Proctor Creek in the City of Atlanta highlighting the health benefits of both environmental remediation and building new greenspace.
- Amy Kirby, PhD, Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health Center for Global Safe Water
- Dr. Leslie Rubin, MD, Institute for the Study of Disadvantage and Disability
- Stephanie Stuckey-Benfield, City of Atlanta
- Debra Edelson, Emerald Corridor Foundation
- When: Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 5:30-7:00pm
- Where: Emory University, Claudia Nance Rollins Building, 1518 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
- Cost: $20 for 2016 GBA members, $35 for non-members
GBA Board Meeting (March 17, 2016)
- When: Thursday, March 17 at 8:15am
- Where: Amec Foster Wheeler, 2677 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA 30324
- Remote participation: If you cannot attend in person, you can dial in at 404-801-3225, Conf ID: 886-129-088
- Cost: Free
2nd Annual GBA Brownfield Seminar (April 20, 2016)
GBA is hosting its second annual Brownfield Seminar at Georgia Power on Wednesday, April 20, and we anticipate a sold-out event in 2016, as we were at capacity for the 2015 event. Click here for more information.
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Discussion about the City of Atlanta’s EPA Brownfields Assessment and RLF programs (February 25, 2016)
Jessica Lavandier, an Assistant Director with the City of Atlanta’s Office of Planning in the Department of Planning and Community Development, provided an update of the city’s EPA Brownfields Assessment and RLF programs.
She discussed the city’s efforts to identify sites, provide funding for Phase I and II ESAs, and make loans, and welcome questions from the group following her presentation. Click here to view her presentation.
Click here to download presentations from past events.
GBA year-end event with EPD (December 16, 2015)
You’re invited to the Georgia Brownfield Association’s year-end reception, during which GBA officers will share more about the organization’s 2016 leadership and goals. Beth Blalock, Assistant Branch Chief, Land Branch, and Shannon Ridley, Acting Brownfield Coordinator, at Environmental Protection Division, will join us to provide a statewide recap of 2015 and updates about EPD’s priorities for the coming year.
Please join us as we celebrate a successful year of furthering the organization’s mission and toast to continued growth in 2016!
Discussion with Ryan Gravel about the new generation of cities (October 19, 2015)
You’re invited to attend an informal talk with Ryan Gravel, the visionary of the Atlanta BeltLine and the author of a forthcoming book, WHERE WE WANT TO LIVE: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities. He is also founder and owner of Sixpitch, a creative firm that helps clients leverage physical infrastructure to shape cultural or economic outcomes and related place-based strategies for improving our way of life.
Ryan’s discussion will focus on the ability of ordinary citizens to help catalyze the creation of a new generation of cities. Building on his own sixteen-year history with the BeltLine and ongoing study of brownfield reclamation, as well as referencing revolutionary examples from other cities, Ryan will share with attendees how innovative, community-driven ideas are reclaiming obsolete infrastructure as renewed conduits of urban life. In addition, he’ll discuss why Brownfield redevelopment is important, why it’s happening innately in this cultural movement toward cities, and why that matters.
Inaugural GBA Coastal Committee Gathering (October 27, 2015)
All GBA members are invited to join the newly installed Coastal Committee in Savannah to hear Beth Black, Assistant Branch Chief, Land Branch, Environmental Protection Division, share a state-level Brownfield update. At the event, Kevin Klinkenberg, Executive Director of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority, and Nick Deffley, Environmental Affairs & Sustainability Director for the City of Savannah, will also provide an overview of brownfield redevelopment opportunities in the City of Savannah. Georgia Brownfield Association leadership will discuss the organization’s outreach on the coast.
Environmental Justice Panel Discussion (August 4, 2015)
You’re invited to attend a panel discussion about environmental justice with panelists Doug Henderson of Troutman Sanders, Camilla Warren and McKara Rumley of the EPA, and Roger Register of Cardno. GBA Executive Director Howard Lalli will facilitate the discussion about the benefits of redevelopment brownfields in diverse communities, as well as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of individuals in these communities, who have often lived, worked, and played closest to sources of pollution.
GBA Brownfield Seminar (April 21, 2015)
Join the Georgia Brownfield Association for its inaugural Brownfield Seminar for leading development, legal, engineering, risk management, economic development, and other professionals throughout Georgia with a shared interest in cleaning and redeveloping contaminated properties and revitalizing surrounding areas around the state.
Sandy Springs Redevelopment Panel Discussion (March 11, 2015)
We hope that you can join us on March 11 for a panel discussion about redevelopment around Sandy Springs. Panelists include Steve Massell, principal of Lee & Associates; Andrea Hall, Sandy Spring’s director of economic development; and Russ Griebel, vice president of United Consulting.
EPD Reception (December 4, 2014)
Join us at the Georgia Brownfield Association’s year-end reception, during which we’ll honor Madeleine Kellam for her tireless work on behalf of brownfield redevelopment and welcome Beth Blalock as EPD’s new Brownfield Coordinator. Please join as we celebrate a successful year of furthering the organization’s mission and toast to continued growth 2015!
Georgia Brownfield Association General Membership Meeting (November 13, 2014)
Join us at the Georgia Brownfield Association’s first-ever full membership meeting for a discussion about how we plan to build on the organization’s recent successes – which include advocacy work in the passage of legislation and numerous educational and networking events – to further ensure the best possible regulatory, legal, political and economic environment in which to encourage brownfield redevelopment. Provide your input on the organization’s priorities for the coming year and learn more about how you can become more involved as a committee member.
“Waters of the United States” Panel Discussion (October 21, 2014)
Marcus Rubenstein of Woodard & Curran, Lewis Jones of King & Spalding, and Greg Jones of AGL will lead a panel discussion about the proposed definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ under the Clean Water Act.
9th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference (August 20-22, 2014)
The Georgia Brownfield Association is a Premium Sponsor of the 9th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference and is hosting the conference’s Breakfast Keynote Panel, “Driving Economic Growth & Stewarding Environmental Resources“, on Thursday, August 21, 2014. The conference is the state’s largest and most comprehensive educational opportunity and will be attended by an estimated 600+ State, Local, and Federal Government Officials, Business and Industry Leaders, Attorneys, Consultants, Engineers, Developers, Land Owners, Architects, Agribusiness Leaders, Energy Experts, Water Planning Districts, Universities, Public Health Officials, Solid Waste and Recycling Experts, and many others with a strong interest in Georgia’s and the Southeast region’s Environmental Programs.
Over the three-day period, this Conference will host an elite group of environmental professionals seeking to exchange knowledge and share ideas around environmental concerns in Georgia and the Southeast region. The curriculum, designed and developed by the 56 member Steering Committee, offers over 50 unique courses, allowing Attendees to design their own personalized curriculum by selecting nine educational courses while receiving approved Continuing Education credits. With the combined efforts of the state’s leading environmental organizations, the Georgia Environmental Conference is a valued educational experience focused on Sustaining the Future for the People of Georgia(TM).
Ponce City Market Tour & Networking Event (July 28, 2014)
Enjoy a private tour of the Ponce City Market, along with time to network with your GBA peers. Due to the nature of this event, attendance is limited to 50 guests.
Georgia House Bill 957 Networking Event (May 8, 2014)
Following GBA’s and EPD’s successful stewardship and advocacy of Georgia House Bill 957, you are invited to network with your redevelopment peers and learn more about GBA’s legislative efforts. Representatives from GBA and EPD, which worked together to draft much needed changes to the Georgia Hazard Site Reuse and Redevelopment Act, will share information about the about revisions to the law and provide updates about the next steps as we await the Governor’s signature.
We’ll gather at the Wrecking Bar Brewpub, which is located in the Victor H. Kriegshaber House, a historically significant house that was built just before 1900. Kriegshaber, the original owner who lived there until 1924, was a leader in the cultural and economic development of Atlanta during the first third of the century, serving in executive positions for numerous business, civic, philanthropic and cultural organizations.
Vapor Intrusion Discussion (March 4, 2014)
Join the Georgia Brownfield Association as they host a discussion about how vapor intrusion is currently being considered at sites on the Hazardous Site Inventory and a review of the recent changes to the ASTM International’s Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and vapor encroachment standards.
David Hayes, coordinator of GA EPD’s Vapor Intrusion Workgroup, will provide information pertaining to how vapor intrusion is currently being considered at sites on the Hazardous Site Inventory, as well as in other environmental programs in Georgia. David will also provide EPD’s current understanding of EPA’s historic and more recent guidance on vapor intrusion. In addition, Shanna Alexander (EPD’s Risk Assessment Group Leader), will offer insights into data collection, data quality, and risk assessment methodologies for sites where vapor intrusion is a potentially significant exposure pathway.
Gordon Cobb, Regional Coordinator of ENVIRON’s Due Diligence practice, will present a review of key changes to the ASTM International’s Phase I Environmental Site Assessment standard (E1527-13), approved by the USEPA in late 2013. These changes include revised and new definitions, emphasis on files reviews, user responsibilities, and vapor intrusion clarification. In addition, with the new increased emphasis on vapor intrusion, the presentation will also highlight related components of the ASTM standard guidance for vapor encroachment screening (E2600-10) and its potential impact/influence on conducting Phase I site assessments.