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What's New: March 2015

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2015 RLF Supplemental Request for Funding
Request Letters due April 23, 2015

The Federal Register notice for the next round of RLF supplemental funding was posted on March 24, 2015. Supplemental funding is available for current RLF grantees that have made at least one loan or subgrant and have seriously depleted their loan/subgrant pool.

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New Brownfields Area Wide Planning (BF AWP) Grantees Selected

EPA is awarding approximately $4 million in grants to 20 communities across the country to assist with planning for cleanup and reuse of Brownfields sites as part of the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (AWP) program. EPA will award up to $200,000 per recipient so they can engage the community and conduct Brownfields planning activities to consider brownfields site reuses in conjunction with community assets. The projects were selected using criteria which, among other things, demonstrates the applicant's ability to advance livability principles, support local and regional planning efforts, and engage community members throughout the project. See the announcement.

New England Projects:

  • City of Lawrence, MA - Recreation/open space, trail connectivity and encouraging economic development.
  • City of New Bedford, MA - Recreational space and attracting economic redevelopment – the city anticipates linking into commuter rail scheduled to be built.
  • Greater Portland Council of Governments (ME) - Options include affordable housing, an expansion of an existing urban farm, and/or the construction of a new building with retail and commercial space.

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Excellence in Economic Development Awards

Excellence in Economic Development Awards
Early Bird Deadline April 10, 2015 | Final Deadline May 15, 2015

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year's most influential leaders. These 34 awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Winners are recognized at IEDC's Annual Conference.

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TCE Vapor Intrusion: State of the Science, Regulations, and Technical Options Workshop

TCE Vapor Intrusion: State of the Science, Regulations, and Technical Options Workshop
Monday April 13, 2015 | Brown University in Providence, RI & Tuesday April 14, 2015 | UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center in Lowell, MA

Please join the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) and the Brown University Superfund Research Program for a TCE Vapor Intrusion: State of the Science, Regulations, and Technical Options Workshop. The workshop will provide information on various aspects of investigating, making decisions, and mitigating sites with vapor intrusion (VI) problems specific to trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination.

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Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop

Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop
April 15, 2015 | Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, One Bowling Green, New York, NY

Registration is now open for the day-long interactive Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop on how to rebuild our sites, neighborhoods, cities, and regions. NSCW Impact 2015 is a day dedicated to examining the confluence of resiliency, sustainability, and brownfields redevelopment and to advance the discussion and create next generation ideas, policies and solutions.

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2015 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

2015 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference
May 19-21, 2015 | Marriott at the Renaissance Center | Detroit, MI

The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference is a gathering of leaders from across the country exploring innovative solutions for tackling vacant, abandoned and problem properties. Themed "Beyond Blight: Building a Bold Movement," the 2015 conference will explore the latest tools to combat vacancy and move beyond neighborhood blight, as well as how government officials, community leaders, and others in the field can join forces across departments, cities, and even states to achieve wide-scale positive change. Conference sessions will highlight work from around the country, including efforts in Michigan.

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2015 Brownfield Renewal Awards Announced
Deadline for nominations is May 29, 2015

Nominations for the 2015 Renewal Award are now being accepted. Don't miss out on this opportunity to take advantage of all the additional exposure your project will receive as a Renewal Award Applicant during the 2015 Brownfields Conference!

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IEDC Economic Future Forum

IEDC Economic Future Forum
June 7-9, 2015 | Madison, WI

The 2015 Economic Future Forum will analyze trends in existing and emerging industries, while demonstrating how to foster and grow industry clusters. The Forum will demonstrate how Wisconsin has leveraged its well-maintained transportation infrastructure, quality education, and exceptional talent into the ideal location for dynamic and innovative industry clusters.

  • Registration is now open – Early Bird ends April 10, 2015

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Brownfields 2015 Conference

Brownfields 2015 Conference
September 2-4, 2015 | Hilton Chicago | Chicago, IL

The National Brownfields Training Conference is the largest training and networking event in the nation focused on economic redevelopment and sustainability. Brownfields 2015, September 2-4, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois, will bring people together from a wide range of fields to learn, discuss, and take action on brownfield sites to restore the environment and revitalize communities.

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National Tanks Conference and Expo

25th National Tanks Conference and Expo
September 14 – 16, 2015 | Phoenix Sheraton Downtown Hotel

The conference will be held September 14 – 16, 2015 at the Phoenix Sheraton Downtown Hotel with pre-conference workshops on September 13. The conference website provides a wealth of conference information; including agendas, presenter bios and exhibitor profiles, information on the conference hotel, and travel into and around Phoenix.

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Online ACRES Training

EPA offers the following two online training courses to aid Brownfields Cooperative Agreement Recipients in reporting their grant-funded activities using ACRES:

Getting Started
For Assessment, RLF, Cleanup, and Section 128(a) Recipients just starting to use ACRES, this training will provide instruction on the process for submitting your property data and demonstrate how to use the tools and functions in ACRES. Approximately 90 minutes.

    • Next Sessions on:
      • Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 2:00 Eastern Time
      • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 2:00 Eastern Time
      • Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 2:00 Eastern Time

The Next Level
For Assessment, RLF, Cleanup, and Section 128(a) Recipients that are familiar with using ACRES, this training will provide instruction on how to make ACRES work for you and your property scenarios, and the answers to some commonly asked questions. Approximately 90 minutes.

  • Next Sessions on:
    • Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 2:00 Eastern Time
    • Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 2:00 Eastern Time
    • Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 2:00 Eastern Time

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Wildlife Habitat Council

Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Conference
November 11-12, 2015 | Baltimore, MD

The Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Conference is taking the lead in offering timely education and networking opportunities, as well as celebrating corporate conservation efforts around the world. Call for presentations (PDF) (2 pp, 170 K) is now open – Deadline is April 30, 2015.

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