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Brownfields Technical Assistance Available to Communities

Sponsored by: EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization

Archived: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
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Find out how to include FREE brownfields technical expertise in your next brownfields project! EPA's Brownfields and Land Revitalization Program funds several expert organizations so they can support your efforts to assess, cleanup and reuse brownfield sites in your community. Learn how these organizations can help you manage a brownfields redevelopment project, incorporate equitable development approaches, workforce development, and leverage funding & financing opportunities.

This webinar is designed specifically for communities in AL, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV. Join us!

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Sean Vroom, Director, New Jersey Institute of Technology Technical Assistance to Brownfield Communities Program (NJIT TAB) ( or 973-596-6415)
Sean Vroom is the Director of the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Technical Assistance to Brownfield TAB Communities Program and has over 25 years of professional experience in the environmental field for both the public and private sectors. He manages the NJIT TAB Program which has provided technical assistance to hundreds of communities pursuing brownfield cleanup in 21 states, 2 US territories, Washington DC, and 29 tribal nations. Sean has conducted research for numerous projects related to infrastructure and the environment and has created educational programs, and developed and deployed tools that assist regional and local governments plan and develop sustainable and resilient communities. He has a BS in Environmental Planning & Design from Rutgers University.

Cate Mingoya, Director of Capacity Building, Groundwork USA (
Cate Mingoya serves as Groundwork USA's Director of Capacity Building. Originally from Queens, New York, Cate earned her B.A. in Biology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and returned east to teach middle school science at traditional public and charter schools in The Bronx and in Brownsville, Brooklyn. She went on to earn a Master of City Planning from MIT and has served as the Director of Policy and Program Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts's Division of Public Housing and Rental Assistance. In her current role, Cate provides equitable development technical assistance for those looking to transform brownfields into community assets. Cate also leads Groundwork USA's Climate Safe Neighborhoods project, a five-city partnership, funded in part by the Kresge Foundation, to reduce heat and flooding related risks in neighborhoods with histories of institutional, race-based housing discrimination. She lives with her husband, daughter, and cat in Massachusetts and loves coffee, bike riding, canoe trips, and travel.

Malcolm Guy, Coordinator - Government and External Affairs, Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) ( or 614-705-1306)
As a Coordinator in the Government & External Affairs division at CDFA, Malcolm Guy is primarily responsible for the organization’s government affairs and legislative activities. His areas of focus chiefly include Bond Financing, Rural Financing, TIF, Special Assessments, Tax Credits, and coordinating legislative priorities. Mr. Guy has also been charged with updating CDFA's Bond Guide as well as producing a Rural Infrastructure Development Guidebook. In addition to his aforementioned principal duties, Mr. Guy manages several webinar series' for CDFA and assists with work on EPA Brownfields. He is also tasked with rebuilding CDFA's Federal Financing Clearinghouse and State Programs Database.

Heather Ballou, Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI) Project Coordinator (
Heather Ballou serves as the project coordinator for the Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI) at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. Through a cooperative agreement with the EPA, HMTRI serves as a one-stop resource for individuals interested in or who have received EPA's Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grant.

Blase Leven, TAB Program Coordinator, Kansas State University - Technical Assistance to Brownfield Communities (TAB) Program ( or 785-532-0780)
Blase Leven is the Director of the Center for Hazardous Substance Research and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Programs at Kansas State University. At KSU, he has performed and/or managed technical assistance activities since 1997, for communities working with brownfields, superfund and former defense sites. Mr. Leven's technical expertise is primarily in site re-use goal-setting and project planning, environmental assessments, and feasibility studies. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Geology, and is a Licensed Professional Geologist.


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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