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What's New: August 2013

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2013 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference
September 9-11, 2013 | Philadelphia, PA

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Registration is now open for the 2013 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference – a gathering of leaders from across the country exploring innovative solutions for tackling vacant, abandoned and problem properties. The conference program offers 33 breakout sessions, 7 mobile tours and 7 in-depth training seminars that will educate, empower and energize participants to unlock the opportunities that lie in vacant properties. Topics include land banking, brownfield redevelopment, green reuse, code enforcement, coalition-building, policy reform and many more.

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EPA Smart Growth Webinars

EPA's Smart Growth Program invites you to attend two upcoming webinars:

Smart Growth and Economic Success. September 18, 3:00 - 4:00 Eastern.
This webinar will explore how smart growth strategies at the regional, city, and neighborhood level can maximize economic advantages while creating attractive, healthy communities that help protect the environment. This webinar will feature EPA's report, Smart Growth and Economic Success: Benefits for Real Estate Developers, Investors, Businesses, and Local Government. Speakers from Lehigh Valley, PA, Champaign, IL, and Phoenix, AZ will then discuss how smart growth is helping their communities prosper. Click here for details on how to attend.

Infrastructure Financing for Transit-Oriented Development. September 24, 3:00 - 4:00 Eastern.
Transit-oriented development (TOD) offers a mix of housing, employment, shopping, and transportation choices that can help reduce air pollution and development on open lands and improve water quality and access to jobs. Yet the infrastructure required to create TOD is expensive and funding for infrastructure for new TOD can be difficult to obtain. This webinar will cover some of the lessons learned from a year-long Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project on financing TOD infrastructure. Speakers from the Utah Transit Authority and the NoMa Business Improvement District in Washington, DC will then discuss TOD in their communities. Click here for details on how to attend.

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NEWMOA Vapor Intrusion Updates Workshop
Thursday September 26th - Brown University in Providence, RI
Friday September 27th - Westford Regency in Westford, MA

Technical Training for Waste Site Cleanup Professionals

The Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) and the Brown University Superfund Research Program are sponsoring a workshop, Vapor Intrusion Updates that will increase attendee understanding of:

  • Field sampling methods
  • Various available databases and their conclusions
  • EPA's Assumption of Incompleteness
  • State regulations, policy and guidance
  • Brown University's 3D computer model (presented at the September 2008 workshop), including case studies

Presenters include:
Henry Schuver, EPA
Kelly Pennell, University of Kentucky
Eric Suuberg, Brown University

The workshop fee is $150 per person ($40 for government and academia) - continental breakfast and lunch are included. Note that space is limited, especially at Brown University so don't wait to register.

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Greening of America's Capital Grant Program
Letters of Interest Due September 23, 2013

EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities is seeking letters of interest from state capital cities interested in receiving design assistance to create a clear and implementable vision of distinctive, environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate smart growth strategies and green infrastructure systems. Letters of interest are due no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on September 23, 2013.

Design assistance is provided through the Greening America's Capitals program, administered by EPA. EPA conducts the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Fourteen state capitals plus the District of Columbia have received assistance from the Greening America's Capitals program to date; up to 5 capital cities will be selected in 2013.

EPA is providing this design assistance to help state capitals create stronger neighborhoods that protect the environment. EPA will fund a team of designers to visit the successful applicants' capital cities for up to three days to produce schematic designs and illustrations intended to catalyze or complement a larger planning process for a neighborhood. In the past, the EPA team has provided sustainable design techniques for streets, parks, waterfronts, and town squares. This assistance will help the selected state capitals envision ways to clean up and reuse vacant lands, provide more housing and transportation choices, reduce infrastructure and energy costs, and build civic pride in neighborhoods and the city as a whole. The design team and EPA, HUD, and DOT staff will also assist the city staff in developing specific implementation strategies.

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Maine All Grantee Meeting
September 24, 2013 – Brunswick, ME

Maine All Grantee Meeting, September 24, 2013 – Brunswick, ME

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FEMA - Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants
Deadline is October 18, 2013

The application period for Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation is now open. FEMA has posted the Fiscal Year 2013 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Unified Guidance. This Guidance covers both grant programs as well as the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The application periods for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) programs opened on July 19, 2013. The application period will close on October 18, 2013.

The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW12) directed FEMA to consolidate flood programs into one program eliminating the Repetitive Flood Claims and Severe Repetitive Loss programs. The consolidated Flood Mitigation Assistance program includes mitigation of severe repetitive loss properties and repetitive loss properties.

Please contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer for additional information on Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Assistance and deadlines for applying.

Information is available at:

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ICMA 99th Annual Conference, Boston, New England, September 22-25, 2013

ICMA's 2013 Annual Conference
September 22-25, 2013, Boston, MA

ICMA's 2013 Annual Conference, September 22-25, 2013 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, will convene thousands of local government managers and their staffs from around the world. Over three days, members and guests will learn about key local government management issues and leading practices, exchange ideas, and network. Visit the ICMA Conference online.

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IEDC 2013 Annual Conference, October 6-9, 2013

IEDC 2013 Annual Conference
October 6-9, 2013, Philadelphia, PA

Registration is now open for the International Economic Development Council's 2013 Annual Conference, October 6-9, 2013, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will address obstacles facing economic developers, and existing trends in our dynamic economy. With the right tools, economic developers everywhere can create a vision for the future, stimulate consensus, and prepare their communities for 21st century success.

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National Tanks Conference and Expo, September 16-18, 2013

The 24th National Tanks Conference & Expo
Denver Sheraton Downtown Hotel
September 16 - 18, 2013

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