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Market Insights for Brownfields Redevelopment: Trends in the COVID-19 Era

Sponsored by: EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization

Archived: Friday, October 16, 2020
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This webinar will provide an overview of the brownfield market in the post-COVID era and the opportunities and constraints brought on by the pandemic. We will look at the US real estate market across all market sectors and how these market sectors have responded both good and bad to the pandemic. This analysis will then be followed a brief discussion of the global impacts of the pandemic as it relates to supply chain resiliency and new US initiatives for reduced reliance of foreign suppliers and manufacturers that will drive reshoring and nearshoring initiatives, both of which will positively impact the US real estate market and economy, including demand for strategically located brownfield sites that will fill the need for this growth. Finally, we will tie all this information together to give the audience thoughts on opportunities for brownfield redevelopment in your community and how communities can prepare now to eliminate encumbrances and stigma traditionally associated with brownfields and reposition these sites for redevelopment opportunity in the post-COVID era.

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A photograph of Juliet BurdelskiJuliet Burdelski, Vita Nuova, LLC (
Ms. Burdelski is an economic development, public policy and planning professional who has worked for over 25 years in the private, non-profit and government sectors. Before joining Vita Nuova in 2019, she served as the Director of Economic Development at the City of Meriden, CT. During her tenure, she helped the City secure over $26 million in state and federal grants for brownfield site assessment and cleanup that leveraged over $100 million in local and private investment. Ms. Burdelski holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science from Miami University and a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) from the University of Michigan. She resides in Connecticut.

A photograph of Patrick RowePatrick Rowe, Vita Nuova, LLC (
Patrick is a public finance and real estate development professional with over 15 years of experience. Prior to working for Vita Nuova, Patrick served in the City of Fort Collins Economic Development Office, where he was the primary staff person to the City's Urban Renewal Authority, and managed other redevelopment focused undertakings, such as drafting the City's Metropolitan District Policy, facilitating the creation of the City's first Business Improvement District, managing reuse/redevelopment grants, and acting as liaison to the development community. Patrick is a graduate of Colorado State University with a business administration degree with concentrations in finance and real estate.


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.

A photograph of Michael TaylorMichael Taylor, Vita Nuova, LLC
Michael Taylor, President of Vita Nuova LLC, a national consultancy, leads the repositioning and disposition of complex sites including former nuclear sites, refineries, chemical facilities and sites with significant stigma due to off-site contamination or other issues. Vita Nuova has become known as a specialist in creating value where none exists and developing approaches to long-term sustainable outcomes for all parties. Mr. Taylor has a broad background in environmental science, planning, real estate, stakeholder engagement and sustainability. He chaired the ASTM task group for the National Standard on Sustainable Brownfields Redevelopment and served on the US EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee from 1998-2002. He has trained over 3,000 local economic development, state and federal officials in real estate and redevelopment of contaminated properties, co-authored numerous publications and guidance for US EPA and others and contributed to national brownfields, RCRA and superfund redevelopment policy. He was a graduate Rockefeller fellow at Yale University, where he studied Environmental Science, Public Policy and Ethics. He graduated Cum Laude in Urban Planning and Economics from Roanoke College, is a certified planner with the American Planning Association, and a full member of the Urban Land Institute.

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