How to coordinate and work with attorneys to assure a successful brownfields redevelopment, including the roles of the EPA Region 10 Brownfields Program attorney, the Oregon Department of Justice, and private attorneys. Topics covered will include navigating legal requirements to qualify for Brownfields grants, legal risk management tools, and how best to use them, how to complete the necessary transactions as cost-effectively as possible, and representing local governments in brownfields acquisitions.
David Ashton, Assistant General Counsel, Port of Portland
Kelly Cole, Assistant Regional Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 10 Gary Vrooman, Attorney, Oregon Department of Justice David Rabbino, Attorney & Shareholder, Jordan Ramis PC
A discussion of the management of brownfields sites with emerging contaminants, including an overview of emerging contaminants; what are they, where are they found and how are they managed in the environment; how the State of Oregon identifies and manages the presence of emerging contaminants; and legal strategies that might be considered in the redevelopment of a site where emerging contaminants are present.
Sean Ragain, Geosyntec Consultants
Dan Hafley, Department of Environmental Quality James Peale, Geosyntec Consultants Laura Kerr, Stoel Rives, LLP
Developable urban properties are at a premium and landfills can present valuable opportunities for infill on otherwise forgotten land. Landfills involve complex environmental, geotechnical, legal, and design engineering issues. This panel discussion will present landfill redevelopment projects in Oregon and will describe processes to re-imagine our trash heaps as thriving developments. Join us to discuss several case studies focusing on landfill redevelopment projects where you will learn about the feasibility of landfill redevelopment, redevelopment tools, construction cost considerations and ongoing obligations.
Two of the many tools that can be key in incentivizing brownfield redevelopment are Landbanks and Opportunity Zones. This session will describe tool applications and successful Oregon case studies.
Leonard Farr, Principle Geologist, Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Coni S. Rathbone, Attorney, Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue LLP Jon Legarza, Interim Economic Development Manager, Clackamas County
Think redeveloping a contaminated brownfield must mean a costly, time-consuming cleanup? Not necessarily! Oregon’s risk-based cleanup rules provide options for efficiently and cost-effectively bringing brownfields back into use while protecting human health and the environment. Institutional controls such as land and groundwater use restrictions and engineering controls such as soil caps and groundwater migration barriers can help. When are these controls appropriate? How do you work with the DEQ to set up and maintain them? What are the long-term operation and maintenance requirements and considerations? Will these site restrictions impact potential buyers or site operators?
Join us to learn how institutional and engineering controls can be part of your brownfield reuse success story.
Lon Yandell, Principal Geologist, GeoDesign Rebecca Wells-Albers, Northwest Region Brownfield Coordinator and Project Manager, OR DEQ
Carrie Rackey, Senior Associate Project Manager, Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Don Hanson, Western Region Hydrogeologist and Project Manager, OR DEQ Nitin Joshi, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs Manager, City of Salem Clint Dameron, Real Property Services Manager, Urban Development Department, City of Salem
Baker Technical Institute and Eastern Oregon University are working together to develop future leaders intent on overcoming the many challenges that rural communities face through project-based learning. Come learn about these unique programs and their successes and aspirations in brownfield redevelopment.
Leonard Farr, Principle Geologist, Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Shannon Donovan, Sustainable Rural Systems Program Faculty, Eastern Oregon University Robbie Langrell, Brownfield Technical Director, Baker Technical Institute
The goal is to inform elected leaders and public works directors about how to access affordable loans and grants for water quality infrastructure projects, what kind of projects are eligible for funding, and what requirements to expect. This panel is comprised of state and federal financing program representatives who will discuss their agencies’ processes, timelines, and requirements.
Jon Unger, Program & Policy Coordinator, Business Oregon
Oscar Orejel, Loan Specialist, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Jason Carman, Rural Development Specialist, Rural Community Assistance Corp. Chris Laughton, Loan Technician, USDA – Rural Development
This session aims to re-educate the economic development community about the modern role of public ports in Oregon, and how port districts affect regional economies. Beyond situational awareness, the audience would take away instruction about how to match business initiatives with port resources and make an economic development deal.
Andrea Klaas, Executive Director, Port of the Dalles Olga Kaganova, Deputy General Manager, Port of Cascade Locks Doug Hayes, Executive Director, Port of Columbia County Michele Bradley, General Manager, Port of Tillamook Bay Bud Shoemake, Port Manager, Port of Toledo John Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Coos Bay
Longstanding and costly challenges, such as lack of infrastructure and fragmented ownership, have hindered the development of many employment sites across the Portland region and state. Metro, the Port of Portland and Greater Portland Inc teamed up to look nationally for innovative new tools, create new tools to address real estate finance challenges, make recommendations for strengthening tools we already have, and test out these tools on real sites in the Portland region. This project also took the important step of providing process guidance and policy ideas for local jurisdictions to include equity in the planning, policy-making, and investments related to employment lands.
Ken Anderton, Senior Manager of Real Estate Development, Port of Portland Jeff Raker, Economic Development Planner, United States Department of Agriculture Alex Joyce, Managing Partner, Cascadia Partners LLC
The session will open with a story about a day in the life of a port manager, as she walks through operations of a modern port and reflects on how things used to be in 2020. The succinct story will provide an overview of the typical operations/needs Oregon’s public ports have in order to transform into a modern-day port.
Stephanie Prybyl, Ports Programming, Business Oregon Mark Landauer, Executive Director, Oregon Public Ports Association
Projects don’t get done without financing. This panel will discuss the array of private and public financing options for infrastructure available to municipal entities and present advantages and disadvantages of public vs. private financing.
Rich Rodriguez, Public Finance Officer, Business Oregon
Matt Donahue, Managing Director, D.A. Davidson & Co. Dean Stephens, SVP – Commercial Banking Center Manager, Umpqua Bank Dennis Knight, Public Finance Officer, Business Oregon Kathy Estes, Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Specialist, Oregon DEQ Ella Nichols, Community Programs Specialist, USDA – Rural Development, Community Programs Andrew Face, Municipal Finance Vice President, The Commerce Bank of Oregon
In 2019, Oregon received a C- grade for its infrastructure, a mediocre score at best. Oregon does not fund infrastructure, nor maximize investment potentials, at levels to sufficiently maintain this grade or to mitigate natural and man-made hazards. Consequently, intentional long-term and strategic engagement are needed. Our hope is you’ll join us to explore new and innovative ways to link, leverage, and align investments with statewide economic development priorities that sustain and ultimately improve Oregon’s infrastructure and economy. This will be a facilitated discussion with interactive breakout groups.
Josh Bruce, Associate Director of Applied Research, University of Oregon
William Sullivan, Master of Public Administration Candidate Gareth Warr, Master of Community and Regional Planning Candidate
DSL staff will cover topics including: What exactly is a “wetland” and how do wetlands come to be identified on a property? What is the permitting process for a proposed development if identified wetlands on a property cannot be avoided? What changes in wetland regulation are on the horizon?
Dana Hicks, Policy & Planning Unit Manager, Oregon Department of State Lands Kirk Jarvie, Regional Field Operations Manager, Oregon Department of State Lands Grey Wolf, Jurisdiction Coordinator, Oregon Department of State Lands
The COVID-19 pandemic has helped us recognize and increase awareness of broadband as essential infrastructure, and the current status of broadband in Oregon. This session will explore current Oregon public policy and initiatives.
Chris Tamarin, Oregon Broadband Office, Business Oregon
Joseph Franell, President, Blue Mountain Networks and Eastern Oregon Telecom John Holman, General Field Representative, United State Department of Agriculture – Rural Utilities Services
Join us as we explore the paths taken by the City of St. Helens, Hacienda CDC, and Innovative Housing, Inc. to successfully take advantage of funding, partnerships, and creative solutions for develpment vacant and/or blighted properties that have impacted the safety and livability of their community. Learn how these properties support a new vision now and in the future by adding value, economic revitalization, and sustainability in the community.
Jennifer Casler, Senior Associate geologist, Hart Crowser
John Walsh, City Administrator, City of St. Helens Juie Garver, Director of Housing Development, Innovative Housing, Inc. Kevin Kellog, Director of Development, Hacienda CDC
This session will highlight the fundamentals of asset management and the importance of asset management in capital improvement planning, budgeting, and system sustainability. The session will address how asset management is a best practice as well as related to agency requirements and funding programs, including the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.
Chris Marko, Program Analyst, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
An overview of HMA grant programs with an emphasis on FEMA’s recently launched Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and the State’s Special Public Works Fund (SPWF).
Amy Bashant, State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Oregon Office of Emergency Management Becky Baxter, Program and Policy Coordinator, Business Oregon
The DEQ Clean Water SRF is working with Coos Bay through Nonpoint Source Sponsorship Options loans to help enable brownfield clean-up and improve stormwater infrastructure at several locations. This panel discussion will highlight 2 high priority sites where loan funds will support remediation and installation of stormwater runoff infrastructure to improve water quality and support local economic health.
Jennifer Wirsing, Wastewater Project Engineer, City of Coos Bay Bryn Toms, Hydrogeologist, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Rebecca Kramer, Project Officer, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Failing septic systems are a significant risk to water quality statewide. DEQ has well over 300,000 permits for residential septic systems. With repair or replacement costing anywhere from a few hundred dollars to as much as $4,000, communities are challenged with helping low-income residents pay for needed upgrades in order to protect water quality. This session offers an overview of septic system challenges statewide and discuses affordable loans and grants available to public agencies.
Tracy Rainey, Intergovernmental Relations Associate, League of Oregon Cities
Lindsey Cromsigt, Project Engineer, City of Bend Susan Julber, Senior Project & Policy Analyst, City of Bend
This will be a moderated panel discussion with two small cities that have faced water shortage and have taken steps to plan for an adaptive future. To complement this discussion, we will hear from the Oregon Association of Water Utilities with some practical advice for small cities.
Rochelle Roaden, City Manager, City of Dayton Michael Thomas, City Administrator, City of Amity Heath Cokeley, Programs Manager, Oregon Association of Water Utilities
Part 2 of the earlier session highlights federal, state, and local financing programs to address failing septic systems, with advice on setting up a new program.
Ken Williams, USDA – Rural Development Eann Rains, Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District Nancy Toth, Eugene Water & Electric Board
Join us in an experience sharing by City of Antelope and their team in their project journey on their water improvement projects that was funded by Community Development Block Grant Program. This session will help in understanding all the components needed to make a successfully completed federally funded project. From project development, the importance of building your team in managing your project to the importance of strong partnership with funding agencies in overcoming hurdles along the way.
Edward Hodges, Project Engineer, Curran-McLeod
Jacque Schei, Grant Administrator, Mid–Columbia Economic Development District Robin Moats, Finance Officer, City of Antelope Rena Schoen, Program and Policy Coordinator, Business Oregon Fumi Schaadt, Program and Policy Coordinator, Business Oregon Arthur Chaput, Regional Project Manager, Business Oregon
The Framework will explore the risks and vulnerabilities of climate change in Oregon and identify how State agencies can most effectively respond.
Christine Shirley, Climate Change Resilience Coordinator, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development
Cities tackling climate change recognize the need to electrify everything that moves. This panel will lay out the unique opportunity U.S Cities have to lead the charge and discuss the importance of public electric vehicle charging infrastructure to promote the adoption of cleaner forms of transportation.
Jeanette Shaw, Senior Director of Policy, Forth
Shanna Brownstein, Senior Manager, Transportation Electrification, PGE Jacob Sherman, E-Scooter Pilot Project Manager & New Mobility Analyst, PBOT Catharine Brookes, Program Manager, EVgo
Meaningful engagement of community is more important than ever, as government partners work to develop more impactful public investments and address past inequities. Learning what works best for community, from community members themselves, is critical to understanding how public engagement can have a positive impact on participants and project outcomes. This session will showcase different approaches to engagement, specifically leadership development and education, with a focus on empowering the community to step into the role of implementer.
Chris Laughton, Loan Technician, USDA – Rural Development
Community health and resilience are greatly influenced by our natural, built, and social environments. Brownfields and land reuse sites are unique opportunities to transform these environments to better support health and community resilience in underserved communities. Revitalizing brownfields can prevent exposure to hazardous substances, resolve neighborhood blight, increase community connectivity, restore ecological balance, and promote physical activity and recreation. Green space redevelopment is now more important than ever as our climate is changing and we collectively seek safe, accessible spaces to gather and recreate amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will examine the dynamic relationship between brownfield redevelopment, climate change social resilience, and health.
Julie Sifuentes, Environmental Public Health Assessment Program Manager, Oregon Health Authority Courtney Fultinner, Environmental Public Health Assessment Program Manager, Oregon Health Authority
Join us for all the exciting new updates in Superfund site redevelopment, including new federal liability protections for local governments and tenants, and the constellation of tools available to support reuse. We’ll also learn about RestorCap’s inspiring redevelopment efforts in the Portland Harbor Superfund site at the Linnton Plywood Mill property.
Kat West, Senior Associate, Skeo Solutions, Inc.
Jim McKenna, Portland Harbor Superfund Site Analyst, Office of the Governor – Natural Resources Office Margaret Olson, Oregon Brownfields and RCRA State Coordinator, U.S. EPA, Region 10 Aaron Courtney, Attorney-Partner, Stoel Rives
Come learn how the Cities of John Day, Troutdale, and Sherwood each took on the challenges of redeveloping key brownfields properties as part of a their larger community vision and goals.
Karen Homolac, Brownfields Specialist, Business Oregon
Chris Damgen, Community Development Director – City of Troutdale Graeme Taylor, Project Manager – Stantec Nicholas Green, City Manager – City of John Day Julia Hajduk, Community Development Director – City of Sherwood
Consistently rated the best session of the bi-annual Oregon Brownfields Conference, the Lightning Round is back for 2020! The switch to virtual platform cannot stop the most entertaining and fast-paced presentations from some of Oregon’s young, emerging professionals. Speakers will highlight their work and their communities in 7-minute “20 slides x 20 seconds” format presentations. No need for a coffee break – this stimulating session will get you excited for what’s happening around the state.
Jenn Bildersee, City of Portland Seth Otto, Maul Foster Alongi
Courtney Fultineer, Oregon Health Authority Jodi Mescher, City of Lincoln City Madison Sander-Curry, Environmental Protection Agency Candice Loveland, City of Portland Keith Ziobron, Cardno
Dana Domenighini. Maul Foster Alongi. A Mill Town Revitalization Through the Eyes of a Local Environmental Professional
Jennifer Dimsho. City of St. Helens. St. Helens: Riverfront Brownfields
Join EPA and ODEQ Brownfield Project Managers in a lively discussion of strategies for managing your EPA brownfields grant.
Margaret Olson, Environmental Engineer, US EPA Region 10 Rebecca Wells-Albers, Regional Brownfields Coordinator, Oregon DEQ Speakers:
Melissa Winters, Chief, Pollution Prevention and Communities Branch, US EPA Mary Camarata, Regional Brownfields Coordinator, Oregon DEQ Susan Morales, Brownfields Coordinator, US EPA Region 10 Karen Homolac, Brownfields Program Specialist, Business Oregon Brandon Perkins, Assessment Manager, US EPA Region 10