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Leveraging Resources for Brownfields Revitalization: Meet the Funders: Parks, Community Health, and the Arts

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

Archived: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Brownfield grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are one of many sources of funds that can support redevelopment of contaminated sites. This webinar will highlight a number of redevelopment resources available from the National Park Service (NPS), The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to leverage your brownfield dollars. The webinar will also feature a presentation from a community that has successfully used grants, loans and other support from these agencies for its revitalization efforts. It is the fourth in OBLR's webinar series on what communities need to know to successfully leverage resources for brownfields revitalization.


  1. Welcome: Andrew Seth, President, Sustainable Strategies DC
  2. Introductory Remarks: Aimee Storm, Land Revitalization Coordinator, U.S. EPA
  3. National Park Service Resources: Joel Lynch, State and Local Assistance Programs Division, National Park Service
  4. Health and Human Services Resources: Harold Taylor, Community Economic Development Specialist, Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families, HHS
  5. National Endowment for the Arts Resources: Jen Hughes, Community Solutions Specialist, NEA
  6. Case Study: James Thele, Planning Director, City of Omaha

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Andrew Seth, Sustainable Strategies DC ( or 202-261-9881)

A photograph of Aimee StormAimee Storm, U.S. EPA, Office of Brownfield and Land Revitalization ( or 202-566-0633)
Aimee Storm is EPA's Land Revitalization Coordinator within EPA's Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR). Her work supports community-led redevelopment of contaminated properties and associated neighborhood revitalization strategies. Prior to joining OBLR, Aimee worked on projects that promote green and healthy buildings and sustainable development approaches within EPA Region V's Chicago office. She also worked with EPA's Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office, where she coordinated EPA's land reuse and revitalization efforts on federally-owned properties, including military base redevelopment. Aimee holds Masters Degrees in City & Regional Planning and Business Administration.

Joel Lynch, State and Local Assistance Programs Division, National Park Service ( or 202-354-6905)

A photograph of Harold TaylorHarold Taylor, Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families, HHS ( or 202–401–5711)
Mr. Harold Taylor, Jr. is a Program Specialist with the Office of Community Services (OCS) within the Administration for Children and Families. He has more than 7 years of professional experience in the Community Economic Development program. He is a Washington, D.C. native and attended Shaw University before transferring to the University of the District of Columbia while earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1996, and pursued graduate studies at The George Washington University School of Business. Mr. Taylor started his career as a Statistician for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2003, Harold changed career paths and started working for the Office of Community Services as a Program Specialist for the Community Economic Development (CED) and the Job Opportunities for Low–Income Individuals (JOLI) programs. Mr. Taylor has focused his energies on realizing the mission of the Community Economic Development and Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals programs through assisting grantees. Mr. Taylor really enjoys working with his local community and grantees nationwide to build healthy communities, and has received a number of awards over his tenure at OCS. Mr. Taylor has 20 years of Federal service.

A photograph of Jen HughesJen Hughes, National Endowment for the Arts ( or 202-682-5547)
Jen Hughes currently serves as a community solutions specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts. In this position, she manages federal, philanthropic, and local relationships to strategically integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work. She currently oversees the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design as well as a pilot technical assistance program for NEA's creative placemaking grantees. Previously, she managed the Our Town creative placemaking grant program which has invested over $30 million in over 380 communities to execute design, arts engagement and cultural planning projects that impact the quality of life in local communities. Her prior experience includes working in both local government and the private sector. A Philly native, Jen holds an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

A photograph of James TheleJames Thele, Planning Director, City of Omaha ( or 402-444-5150)
James R. Thele is currently the Director of the Planning Department for the City of Omaha. He is responsible for the overall management of the 127-position staff in the Urban Planning, Building and Development, and Housing and Community Development Divisions, including: long-range master planning, capital improvement programing, annexation studies, transportation planning, current project zoning and subdivision reviews and approvals, urban design project reviews, community and neighborhood design plans, building permit issuance and construction inspection, building contractor licensing, rehabilitation and redevelopment project planning and implementation, property maintenance code enforcement and administration of the planning board, construction trade boards, historic preservation commission and zoning and regulatory appeal boards.

Mr. Thele began his professional career at the Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments in 1974 rising to the position of Senior Planner. In 1979 he accepted a position with the City of Omaha, becoming the director of the Mayor's Office of Economic Development. In 1984 he became the inaugural director of the Omaha Small business Network initiating the operation of a small business incubator program. He returned to the City of Omaha in 1990 and subsequently became the Assistant Planning Director for Housing and Community Development prior to accepting this current position in 2013.

Mr. Thele has served the public for 40 years in every aspect of urban planning and in operating and administering economic development and community development programs. Mr. Thele has a B.A. degree in Geography and History with graduate work in Real Estate, Economics and Urban Geography.


Andrew Seth, Sustainable Strategies DC ( or 202-261-9881)

A photograph of Jean BalentJean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division ( or 202-566-0832)
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.

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