Brownfields Resources and Partners Workshop

Building Better Communities


EPA Brownfields Grant Proposal Writing Strategies

TAB (Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities) & Indiana Brownfields Program & EPA Region 5

Last held - August 27, 2013, future dates TBA
Ball State Indianapolis Center (50 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN  46220)
Brownfields Resources and Partners Workshop 

Does your community have an abandoned building, old gas station, or other potentially contaminated building that is impeding your communities’ future growth? During this one-day workshop, you will gain a better understanding of what a brownfield is, learn how brownfield revitalization can be a part of your community’s economic development strategy, and hear from state and national leaders on resources available to your community.

Who should attend:

  • economic and community development professionals
  • government officials, community volunteers, and other community leaders 
  • anyone interested in learning more about brownfield resources

Tentative Agenda*:

8:30 a.m.         Registration

9:00                 Welcome  
Sarah Browning, Building Better Communities at Ball State

9:20                 What is a Brownfield?  Do I have one?
Beth Grigsby, TAB Partner, Cardno ATC.

9:50                 Brownfields Legal Issues
Tom Baker, Hatchett & Hauck, LLP

10:15               Break

10:30               Brownfields Health Issues
Laurel Berman, ATSDR 

11:00               Indiana Brownfields Program:  Legal and Technical Assistance Resources  
                        Michele Oertel, Indiana Brownfields Program

11:30               EPA Update: Hot Topics in Brownfields Redevelopment 
                         Deb Orr, EPA Region 5 Brownfields Coordinator

12:00 p.m.       Networking Lunch (provided)

12:30        Luncheon speaker: Brownfields Redevelopment Case Study
Jim Coffenberry, West Central Indiana Economic Development District

1:00                 Private, State, and Federal Resources: Small Groups Round Table format
Jill Curry, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs
Ann Nicklin, Building Materials Reuse Association
Rochelle Owen, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development
Vicky Perry, Rural Community Assistance Program (invited)

2:15                 Insurance Recovery in Indiana 
David Pippen, Partner, Bose McKinney & Evans
Alex Intermill, Partner, Bose McKinney & Evans

2:45                 Brownfield Resources and Online Tools
Blase Leven, TAB  

3:30                 Adjourn

*Agenda may be subject to change.


When: Last held - August 27, 2013, future dates TBA
Where: Ball State Indianapolis Center  (50 S. Meridian St.  Indianapolis, IN  46220)
Cost: $25 (This price includes workshop materials, continental breakfast, and lunch.)

If you have questions, please contact Building Better Communities: or call 765-285-2773 for more information.

This workshop is offered in collaboration with:

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Last held - August 28, 2013
EPA Brownfields Grant Proposal Writing Strategies

This one-day Grant Writing Workshop is designed for communities primarily interested in applying for an EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant (Community-Wide, Site-Specific or Coalition) or Cleanup Grant. The workshop will assist participants in detailing response strategies to Threshold and Ranking Criteria as well as utilizing the TAB EZ grant writing tool and discuss the planning process, specifically engaging the community and partners in the Brownfields initiative.

Who should attend:

  • Communities considering applying for an EPA Brownfields assessment or cleanup grant this fall
  • Communities that have applied for an EPA assessment or cleanup grant and have not been funded 
  • Consultants are welcome; however, priority will be given to community representatives because of limited seating.


8:30 a.m.         Registration 

8:45                 Welcome and Introduction

9:00                 EPA Brownfields Grant Purpose, Types, Amounts, Selection Process, and Program Role
Deb Orr, EPA

9:30                 State Role and Perspective
Michele Oertel, Indiana Brownfields Program

9:45                 TAB Program and Introduction to TAB-EZ
Blase Leven, TAB

10:00               Break 

10:15               Demographics/Data Strategies

10:40               Before You Begin Writing
Moderated Panel

11:45               Networking Lunch (provided)

12:30               Afternoon Session Instructions
Blase Leven, TAB

1:00                 Project Description and Feasibility of Success 


12:45               Small Groups Review of Example Proposal

1:45                 Break


2:00                 Group Reports


3:15                 Summary and Final Q&A


*Agenda may be subject to change.


When: Last held - August 28, 2013. 
Where: Ball State Indianapolis Center  (50 S. Meridian St.  Indianapolis, IN  46220)
Cost: Free

For more information: Please contact Blase Leven at 785-532-0780,, or Beth Grigsby at 317-579-4069,

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