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Register Now for Brownfields 2013 Conference: May 15-17 in Atlanta

March 26, 2013


The National Brownfields Conference, co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), is the largest training and networking event in the nation focusing on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment.

The conference will bring together stakeholders in government, business, nonprofits, and academia who promote positive change in their community.

Now in its 15th year, the event attracts over 5,000 attendees and 200 exhibitors for two and a half days of educational sessions, training workshops, volunteer activities, mobile workshops, film screenings and much more.

This is the place to be, where all topics related to brownfields cleanup — ranging from community engagement to public health — will take center stage in Atlanta’s renowned Georgia World Congress Center on May 15-17, 2013.

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Registration is now open online at

Lodging options are available online at

Why Attend?

It is estimated that there are over 450,000 brownfields properties nationwide, negatively affecting communities. Brownfields are economic sinks that are generally located in prime real estate, having high potential to flourish as a business or become an open space.

Brownfields redevelopment is a challenging industry that is constantly changing with the development of new technologies, incentives and best practices. Learn about all topics related to brownfields while vastly expanding your network. You won’t want to miss out on the opportunities at Brownfields 2013, including:

  • Over 100 interactive educational sessions in an assortment of formats
  • More than 200 solution-oriented product and service providers in the Exhibit Hall
  • Real-world projects showcased in mobile workshops and walking tours
  • The Economic Redevelopment Forum to match property buyers and sellers
  • Film screenings to underscore the more pertinent issues in the industry
  • Inspirational plenary speakers
  • Special events such as an Environmental Justice Caucus, Design Charrette and Poster Gallery

Who Attends?

The National Brownfields Conference attracts a wide range of stakeholders, including:

  • Local, State and Federal government leaders
  • Real estate developers and investors
  • Financials and insurance providers and risk management practitioners
  • Economic development officials and community development organizations
  • Federal and state contractors
  • Construction and building firms
  • Environmental and civil engineers, planners, and public work officials
  • Information technology professionals
  • Academic administrators and students
  • Attorneys

Deal Making at Brownfields 2013

The Economic Redevelopment Forum (ERF) is a chance to make a deal. The ERF provides property owners, redevelopment agencies, and communities the opportunity to market their contaminated properties directly to the real estate development industry. Properties and funding opportunities will be clustered by state where property owners can market their sites alongside representatives of state and local agencies. If you are a developer, investor, consultant or brownfields property owner, you don’t want to miss the Economic Redevelopment Forum at the National Brownfields Conference. Read more here.

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Deadline for ARC Community Choices Applications Extended to March 29

March 19, 2013


The application period for ARC’s Community Choices program has been extended to March 29.

For more information and to apply, visit You may also refer also to our earlier Land Matters post for further details.

Application Period Open for 2013 ARC Regional Leadership Institute

March 19, 2013



The Regional Leadership Institute (RLI) is a comprehensive leadership development program designed to better prepare a diverse group of community, government and business leaders to work collaboratively on regional issues.

RLI is designed to provide a unique learning experience for existing and emerging leaders through an intensive one-week program that trains, empowers and supports leaders so they can effect positive community change in the region. The spirit of cooperation fostered by the RLI experience is fundamental to the future of our regional community.

RLI is a program of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). ARC is the regional planning agency for the ten-county Atlanta region, including the counties of Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale, and the City of Atlanta. RLI will be held September 29 – October 4, 2013 at the Westin Savannah Harbor.

Visit for a list of alumni, program details and registration information.

If applying, please complete the online RLI application no later than April 12, 2013.

If you need additional information, please contact Rob LeBeau at 404-463-3212 or Katrina DeBerry at 404-463-3211.

2013 Park Pride Conference Set for March 25

March 7, 2013


Registration is open for Park Pride’s 2013 Parks and Greenspace Conference, set for March 25 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

On tap is a host of excellent speakers who will share case studies of park and greenspace solutions that specifically address Park Pride’s mission and the conference theme, “Activating Parks for Healthy Communities.”

This conference promises to offer a unique educational experience through presentations and tours that explore how parks are essential to a community’s physical, mental, emotional and economic health. Following are the five key focus areas:
1. Healthy Benefits of Play
2. Health through Community Engagement in Parks
3. Health and the Natural Environment
4. Parks are Good Medicine
5. Health through Park Design

For more information and to register, visit

Registration Still Open for Greenprints on March 13-14

March 7, 2013


Registration remains open for the 16th annual Greenprints Conference on March 13-14 at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Midtown Atlanta.

Greenprints is the premier networking and professional education conference for sustainability professionals in the Southeast. Leaders in sustainable design, construction and communities will attend the event.

The conference will include presentations from noted thought leaders like Bill Reed, Martin Holladay, John Tooley, Chris Nelson, and keynote speaker Rob Watson, the “Founding Father of LEED.” These will supplement a diverse curriculum of other learning opportunities, including a Tactical Urbanism Charrette and a Building Science “Pecha Kucha.”

For more information and to register, visit

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