Brownfield Basics is an introductory, four-part program on brownfield redevelopment offered by Minnesota Brownfields for communities all of sizes from across the State of Minnesota. This program breaks down the complex layers of redevelopment into clear and coherent components to enable communities across the State with the tools needed to develop a local process for removing barriers to successful redevelopment. The four-part program consists of:


Preview the Brownfield Basics curriculum below and contact Minnesota Brownfields if you are interested in a Brownfield Basics session.

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Past Brownfield Basics Sessions:

Duluth, MN – September 11, 2018


Many communities across the State of Minnesota are faced with economic challenges and seek to repurpose previously developed properties for new uses. Faced with several hurdles and equipped with minimal information, such as lack of access to process and resources, communities’ apprehension and the reality of an intimidating scenario often stifle redevelopment before it begins. In addition, smaller property owners and developers often lack adequate information about environmental due diligence. Learning how to navigate the process of environmental due diligence can help prevent headaches, including increased project costs and inability to apply for public resources.

The Foundation session answers a community’s basic questions about the redevelopment process, and outlines options for repurposing older, blighted and/or vacant sites. Participants will leave the Foundation session with a solid grounding in appropriate environmental due diligence and steps to successful site reuse.


Participants will leave the Fundamentals session with tools and strategies to assist them in preparing for successful redevelopment in their communities.

  • Building community support, developing a timeline for the redevelopment and dealing with unexpected scenarios.
  • Instructing community leaders and stakeholders on managing projects on-time and on-budget.
  • Overview of required environmental due diligence involved in most site reuse to protect property owners and potential developers.
  • Engaging on-site workshops featuring local experts in redevelopment to share direct project experience and knowledge.
  • Best practices and information sharing on the tools needed for initiating local projects.
  • Review and assessment of Main Street revitalization, scattered vacant sites, hard-to-reuse properties (gas stations, etc.), and other redevelopment opportunities.

Depending on the geographic region, and project scope and nature, potential collaborations exist to build a brownfield program. These may include non-traditional partners at the federal, state, regional, and local level from both the private and public sectors. Minnesota Brownfields is viewed as an industry leader in fostering new partnerships across sectors to make a redevelopment project a reality. We work in a targeted manner to connect communities to the right professionals at the right time to help make redevelopment successful. Participants will finish the Friends session informed about the resources that will best support their redevelopment goals.


The Financing session features a hands-on, interactive workshop and engaging discussion with state and federal agencies, along with other organizations that participate in funding for redevelopment. Many redevelopment projects depend on multiple funding streams in order to be feasible.

Minnesota Brownfields will assist communities in creating a “Redevelopment Roadmap” and provide tools to identify which grants, loans, and other funding sources can best support a redevelopment from start to finish.

Putting It Together

Minnesota Brownfields offers additional customized educational programs and trainings on topics relevant to the redevelopment sector. After the introductory program has been completed, supplemental training is encouraged. Topics covered include:

  • Redevelopment visioning workshops
  • Economic feasibility and sustainability analysis
  • Assistance with environmental justice issues
  • Site investigation & assessment Identification of potential funding sources
  • Environmental cleanup and remediation
  • Guidance in finding and contracting with environmental firms
  • Negotiation and risk management
  • Grant writing training
  • Connecting communities with state and federal agencies and other partners