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Leveraging Resources for Brownfields Revitalization: Meet the Funders - Economic Development

Sponsored by: U.S. EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization

Archived: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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Brownfield grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are one of many sources of funds that can support redevelopment of contaminated sites. This webinar will highlight a number of economic development resources available from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Economic Development Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to leverage your brownfield dollars. The webinar will also feature two communities that have successfully used grants, loans and other support from these agencies for their revitalization efforts. It is the second in OBLR's webinar series on what communities need to know to successfully leverage resources for brownfields revitalization.

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David Ives, Economic Development Administration (

Bennett HilleyBennett Hilley, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (
Bennett Hilley serves as the Assistant Director for Credit Review for HUD's Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program where she oversees the origination of new loan guarantees as well as the credit review for the program's existing loan portfolio. Prior to this role, she managed federal oversight of New York City's $4.2 billion HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant for long-term recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

Bennett first joined the Department in August 2011 as a Presidential Management Fellow, working primarily with the CDBG Entitlement Program. Her fellowship included rotations at the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund at Treasury as well as at Purpose Built Communities, a non-profit in Atlanta, which supports holistic community revitalization efforts across the country. Before working at HUD, she worked for the City of Philadelphia primarily on zoning code updates and strategic redevelopment initiatives and for the Center for Planning Excellence, a non-profit working on hurricane recovery and comprehensive planning efforts in South Louisiana.

She received a Master's in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design in 2011 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emory University in 2006. She has also received professional certifications from the National Development Council in both Housing Development Finance and Economic Development Finance.

Naomi LenzNaomi Lenz, U.S. Department of Agriculture (
Naomi Lenz is the State office program specialist for Rural Development's Rural Business and Cooperative Programs (RBS). She has been with USDA, Rural Development for just over 10 years working the RBS programs at both a regional level in the Southeast part of the state and as a member of the State office team. She is a firm believer in partnerships and the benefit of coming together to solve financing & economic development puzzles experienced by our rural communities. Naomi's background includes an upbringing on a small dairy farm in central Minnesota and a twin cities banking career prior to Rural Development.

Terry LouwagieTerry Louwagie, U.S. Department of Agriculture (
Terry Louwagie has been dedicated to public service for nearly 20 years through various positions within USDA Rural Development — Minnesota. He currently serves as the Director of Community Programs, overseeing the implementation of the Community Facilities and Water & Environmental programs. Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested over $528 million in capital funding to communities and nonprofit organizations for essential community facilities and water and wastewater needs in rural areas throughout Minnesota.

Aimee Storm, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (

Lincoln Jeffers, City of Lewiston, Maine (

Erica Anderson, Land of Sky Regional Council (


Andrew Seth, Sustainable Strategies DC (

Jean M BalentJean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (
Ms Balent is on the staff of the EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division where she has worked to collect and disseminate hazardous waste remediation and characterization information since 2003. Ms Balent manages the Clean Up Information Network website and actively supports online communication and collaboration resources available to EPA. She formerly worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Engineering Division in the Buffalo District. Ms Balent was also a member of the SUNY-Buffalo Groundwater Research Group where she constructed and tested large scale models of groundwater flow. Ms Balent has also conducted research relating to the Great Lakes, environmental remediation, and brownfields re-development. She holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from SUNY-Buffalo and a Master's degree in Information Technology from AIU.

Webinar Slides and References:

Webinar Slides and References:

Additional Resources:

  • Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA Rural Development
  • New Belgium Loves Asheville (2:08/Video)
  • Setting the Stage for Leveraging Resources for Brownfields Revitalization: This guide was developed by EPA to assist communities in overcoming the challenges of making sound investment decisions to attract additional resources for brownfields redevelopment projects and community revitalization. Sound initial investments of local funds can open opportunities for additional public funds and attract the interest and support of outside investors and lead to additional funding.
  • 2015 Brownfields Federal Programs Guide: This document illustrates how the Brownfields Program does more than simply address environmental contamination—it recognizes that a community's quality of life goes hand-in-hand with economic development and sustainability, and encourages communities to develop and implement their own vision for community revitalization.
  • EPA Brownfields Program
  • EPA Land Revitalization Program
  • Superfund Community Involvement Tools and Resources: This page provides links to the Superfund Community Involvement Toolkit and Handbook, as well as additional resources and information on how to use them.
  • Types of Brownfields Grant Funding: EPA's Brownfields program provides direct funding for Brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans, and environmental job training. This page describes each of the grant programs, and provides information on availability, requirements, and how to apply.
  • Land Revitalization Program Tools for Communities: This fact sheet highlights some of the tools that have resulted from the regional community-based projects undertaken with assistance from the Land Revitalization Program. These useful tools can be adapted for use in other communities.
  • Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities: EPA is committed to providing technical assistance and resources to help small, rural, environmental justice, and other community stakeholders with the necessary technical assistance to aid in the assessment and cleanup of Brownfields properties. This page describes programs that currently provide this type of assistance and conduct research projects designed to help communities address brownfields.
  • ATSDR Brownfield/Land Use Health Initiative: Community health considerations are important parts of ATSDR's land revitalization activities. As such, through its Brownfields/Land Reuse Health Initiative, ATSDR works to promote a well-rounded approach to redevelopment, include health as an important part of redevelopment, grow community resources to promote health, measure changes in community health, encourage early community involvement in decision making, restore and revitalize communities in a way that is fair to all community groups, promote relationships among, agencies, partners, and communities, and improve ways to talk about health and environmental risks.

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