Georgia Brownfield Association Events

2017 Events

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
  • WhereSavannah Economic Development Authority131 Hutchinson Island Road, Savannah, GA 31421
  • Cost: Wednesday March 1, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Registration: Click here to reserve your spot.

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
  • WhereTroutman Sanders LLP, 600 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 5200, Atlanta, GA 30308-2216
  • Cost: $10 (This is a member-only event.)
  • Registration: Click here to register.

2016 Events

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
  • Registration: Click here to reserve your spot

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.”

Speakers include:

  • 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

Details:

  • 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.

Panelists include:

  • 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)

All members are invited to attend the next board meeting to learn more about GBA’s 2016 priorities, current initiatives, and committee programming.
  • 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.

Email Kelly Andrews to be included in e-communications about upcoming events.

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.