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What's New: November 2014

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FY2015 Proposal Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants
Proposals due December 19, 2014


Workshop Sessions
EPA New England conducted six sessions to assist potential applicants in writing a winning proposal. Presentations from these sessions are available at the links below.

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Redevelopment Institute

Webinar: Contaminant Uptake in Food Crops Grown on Brownfield Sites
November 21, 2014 | 12:00 EST

Free to Attend - Sign up here!

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Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants

EPA's Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance grants provide funding to eligible organizations to provide training, research, and technical assistance to facilitate brownfields revitalization. These grants also provide research and technical assistance to communities throughout the United States. Go to the Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants page for more information on the services provided by the 2014 awardees.

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Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities
Applications due November 20, 2014

EPA has announced a Request for Letters of Interest (PDF) (9 pp, 158 K) inviting communities to apply for technical assistance on one or more of the following topics:

  • Bikeshare planning
  • Equitable development
  • Infill development for distressed cities
  • Sustainable strategies for small cities and rural areas
  • Flood resilience for riverine and coastal communities

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Enhancing Sustainable Communities With Green Infrastructure

New Report:  Enhancing Sustainable Communities With Green Infrastructure: A guide to help communities better manage stormwater while achieving other environmental, public health, social, and economic benefits (PDF) (66 pp, 5.3 MB) (2014) aims to help local governments, water utilities, nonprofit organizations, neighborhood groups, and other stakeholders integrate green infrastructure strategies into plans that can transform their communities.

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New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
January 29-31, 2015 - Hilton Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore, MD

Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities.
Registration is now open.

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IEDC 2014 Annual Conference

2014 Brownfield Renewal Awards Announced

Boston, MA & Scituate, MA among this year's winners!

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2015 IEDC Leadership Summit

2015 IEDC Leadership Summit
January 25-27, 2015 | PGA National Resort | Palm Beach County, FL

The IEDC Leadership Summit brings together leaders from around the world to explore the role and responsibility of economic developers and organizations in channeling new ideas, markets, and products into their "gateways" to increase local, regional, national and global economic growth in today's competitive marketplace. Early Bird registration ends on November 14, 2014.

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2015 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

2015 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference
May 19-21, 2015 | Marriott at the Renaissance Center | Detroit, MI

The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference is a gathering of leaders from across the country exploring innovative solutions for tackling vacant, abandoned and problem properties. Themed "Beyond Blight: Building a Bold Movement," the 2015 conference will explore the latest tools to combat vacancy and move beyond neighborhood blight, as well as how government officials, community leaders, and others in the field can join forces across departments, cities, and even states to achieve wide-scale positive change. Conference sessions will highlight work from around the country, including efforts in Michigan.

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HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition

The National Disaster Resilience Competition makes $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The competition promotes risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events. Funding for the competition is from the Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery (CDBG-DR) appropriation provided by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (PL 113-2). Phase 1 applications will be due in March 2015.

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Brownfields 2015 Conference

Brownfields 2015 Conference
September 2-4, 2015 | Hilton Chicago | Chicago, IL

The next National Brownfields Conference is set for September 2-4, 2015 in Chicago, IL

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Online ACRES Training

EPA offers the following two online training courses to aid Brownfields Cooperative Agreement Recipients in reporting their grant-funded activities using ACRES:

Getting Started
For Assessment, RLF, Cleanup, and Section 128(a) Recipients just starting to use ACRES, this training will provide instruction on the process for submitting your property data and demonstrate how to use the tools and functions in ACRES. Approximately 90 minutes.

    • Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 2:00 Eastern Time
    • Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 2:00 Eastern Time
    • Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 2:00 Eastern Time

The Next Level
For Assessment, RLF, Cleanup, and Section 128(a) Recipients that are familiar with using ACRES, this training will provide instruction on how to make ACRES work for you and your property scenarios, and the answers to some commonly asked questions. Approximately 90 minutes.

  • Next Sessions on:
    • Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 2:00 Eastern Time
    • Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 2:00 Eastern Time

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