Hutchinson EPA Grant Writing Workshop

The workshop focused on helping community grant writers produce successful proposals for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Assessment, Clean-Up and Revolving Loan Fund (ARC) grants. Participants also were provided with tools on detailing response strategies to Threshold and Ranking Criteria, utilizing the TAB EZ on-line grant writing tool, discussing the planning process, and engaging the community and partners in the Brownfields initiative.

Presenters discussed the basics of the ARC grants, eligibility requirements, the application process and proposal writing tips and resources. Participants reviewed real examples and be given ample opportunity to ask questions. Even if you are not writing a proposal this year, the workshop can be a valuable planning tool for local governments interested in brownfields redevelopment.


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2015 State of Brownfields Update

May 29, 2015

Minnesota Brownfields annual State of Brownfields Update included topics on: new findings on the benefits of brownfield redevelopment, local nature of climate change and its repercussions for redevelopment (with special guest John Pendergrass from Environmental Law Institute), and updates from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.


Benefits of Brownfield Redevelopment in Minnesota: New Findings

Natalie Brown, Minnesota Brownfields

The Intensely Local Nature of Global Climate Change & What it Means for Remediation

John Pendergrass, Environmental Law Institute

Latest Technical Updates
Sandeep Burman, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency


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Hopportunity Knocks: Brownfields, Beer, and the Law

We were pleased to announce a special joint event sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association section on Environmental, Natural Resource and Energy law and Minnesota Brownfields that examined the intersection of two movements in Minnesota- the redevelopment of brownfield properties and the craft brewing boom. This program began with a look a some current challenges to brownfield redevelopment, including obtaining liability assurance letters, the real world impacts of the 2013 changes in the ASTM Phase I standard, and continuing obligations for bona fide prospective purchasers. We then looked at developing breweries on brownfields including funding stories from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the Surly success, and other case studies. A special happy hour followed for attendees and ENRE section members.


How to:  Breweries on Brownfields – Special Considerations
Phase I, Phase II, Vapor Intrusion
Joseph Maternowski, Hessian & McKasy
Dan Schleck, Halleland Habicht
Jeffery Sepesi, Law Office of Jeffery Sepesi      

Assurance Letters & Institutional Controls
Kieran Dwyer, Dorsey & Whitney          
Lynne Grigor , Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Brew it up Right – Brownfield Conversions to Breweries
Remediation Process, Public funding, Success Stories
Kristin Lukes, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Richard Manser, Barr Engineering
Rockie Kavajecz, Canal Park Brewery          


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Vapor Intrusion Forum Series

Vapor intrusion at sites contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) has emerged as a key challenge for communities. Minnesota Brownfields presented a 2-part series examining vapor intrusion from all professional perspectives. Learn about the latest technical and due diligence issues, and expect to come away from these sessions with strategies for “surprise-free” redevelopment. 

Program Agenda
Part I
Sandeep Burman, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
James Kelly, Minnesota Department of Health
Margaret Knowlton, Opus Group
Hans Neve, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; Julie Kadrie, Minnesota Department of Health; and Cathy Undem, Dakota County
Sara Peterson, Parkway Law; Rick Kubler, Gray Plant Mooty
Mary Sands, Barr Engineering ;Bill Neuendorf, City of Edina
Part II 
Mike Beck & Jackie Dylla, Braun Intertec; Brian Kamnikar, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Tim Grape, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Curt Gunsbury, Solhem; Shanna Schmitt, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; & David Vieau, Vieau Associates
Tom Higgins, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Josh Kerber, Minnesota Department of Health
Hans Neve, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; David Jones, Minnesota Department of Health
Sara Ramsden & Julie Sullivan, Barr Engineering
Eric Tollefsrud, Geosyntec
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2014 Minnesota Real Estate Journal Brownfields Redevelopment Summit

Minnesota Brownfields and the Minnesota Real Estate Journal presented a Brownfield Summit on September 24, 2014. Presentations:

Hillcrest Development – part 1
Hillcrest Development – part 2
Canal Park Brewery
Hyde Development – Twin Lakes
Solhem Companies – Solhaus

Brownfields Tools & Funding for Redevelopment: Moorhead Workshop

On July 16, Minnesota Brownfields co-hosted a full-day workshop in Moorhead through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) program.  The program was targeted to both Minnesota and North Dakota communities.  Below are presentations specific to Minnesota:

Brownfields 101: What is a Brownfields & Steps to Redevelopment
Minnesota Department of Employment & Econonomic Development (DEED) Programs
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Brownfield Programs
Success Stories:  City of Moorhead
Success Stories:  City of Dilworth
Success Stories: City of Minot, ND
TAB (Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities) Program
TAB: Intro to EPA Grantwriting
USDA Rural Redevelopment Resources
USEPA Brownfield Grant Resources

2014 State of Brownfields Update

100+ redevelopment professionals met at Stinson Leonard Street on June 24 for the latest news from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a state legislative panel on redevelopment, and an update on vapor intrusion. 

Rep. Bob Gunther – Minnesota House of Representatives
Dr. Susan Hedman – Regional Administrator, EPA Region V
Rep. Tim Mahoney – Minnesota House of Representatives 
Sen. Julie Rosen – Minnesota Senate

Video Post



Soil Reuse 2.0 Forum

Over 100 redevelopment professionals met May 15 in St. Paul to discuss a new Minnesota Brownfields report (Executive Summary, 11 pages) on current conditions and existing barriers to off-site soil reuse.

View the program agenda.

View Deb DeLuca and Steve Heurung’s presentation.

View Breakout Group Discussion Notes.

Read the full Report + Appendices (64 pages, 2.4MB)



2013 State of Brownfields Update

This popular event in its 6th year was held at Leonard, Street & Deinard. Topics included the 2013 Minnesota Legislative session, the latest at U.S. EPA, and updates on redevelopment projects: including Arden Hills’ former TCAAP site, St. Cloud’s Central Business District, and St. Paul’s former Ford Plant site. Below are links to presentations:         

Mike Gifford and Jon Grosshans, EPA Region V
Tammy Campion, City of St. Cloud Community Development
Merritt Clapp-Smith, City of St. Paul PED & Shanna Schmitt, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Heather Worthington, Ramsey County & Amy Hadiaris, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency


Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Brownfield Workshops

Brownfield workshop: Bemidji, July 24, 2013 – Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Annual Conference.

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) & Brownfields

Brownfields to Parks Forum

Mankato Brownfields 101 Workshop

2012 State of Brownfields Update

This event was held on July 18, 2012 at Leonard, Street & Deinard in Minneapolis. View the presentations:

Brainerd Brownfields 101 Workshop

Minnesota Brownfields co-hosted, along with Region Five Development Commission and TAB (Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities) – Kansas State University, a workshop in Brainerd on May 16.

View the workshop presentations:

Supporting Sustained Economic Opportunity in Rural Communities (EPA Smart Growth)
Brownfields & Economic Development:  What TAB Can Do For You
EPA Brownfields Funding
City of St. Cloud – Success Stories
MPCA Brownfield Programs
DEED Cleanup & Redevelopment Funding
USDA Rural Development Resources
Putting It All Together

Managing Stormwater on Brownfield Sites

More than 100 professionals from the stormwater and brownfields communities met March 8th at Barr Engineering for Minnesota Brownfields most recent forum. The topic was key issues in stormwater management, the conflicts that occur when designing stormwater management systems for brownfields, and three innovative case studies:  the Central Corridor light rail project; the Atlas Cement site in Duluth; and Beacon Bluff in Saint Paul.  View the presentations:

TOD & Brownfields: Making the Connection

Minnesota Brownfields held a forum focused on brownfields within transit corridors. Representatives from Cleveland and Houston discussed their experience redeveloping brownfields along LRT/BRT lines; local presentations focused on the Central Corridor, current and new funding and other tools directed at contaminated land.

View the presentations:

Houston LRT-Jed Greenfield, City of Houston
Cleveland BRT-David Ebersole, City of Cleveland
CC interport Web Portal- Jackie Dylla, Braun Intertec Corporation
Corridors of Opportunity- Mark Vanderscaff, Metropolitan Council
CC Investment Framework- John Shardlow, Stantec
St. Paul CC Assessment Grant- Josh Williams, City of St. Paul PED
DEED Transit Funding- Meredith Udoibok, Minnesota DEED
Met Council LCA TOD Fund- Marcus Martin, Metropolitan Council

The Economics of Revitalization Forum Series

Minnesota Brownfields hosted a forum at the Humphrey Institute on the benefits of recycling and redeveloping brownfields. View the presentations: