Welcome to the Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference!

December 9 - 11, 2013

Radisson Hotel Valley Forge, King of Prussia, PA


The conference is a collaborative presentation by the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PaDEP).

The partnership between the ESWP and PaDEP was formed to develop a single brownfields conference for the Commonwealth that consolidates our collective experience, expertise, and resources. King of Prussia/Southeast PA has been selected as the host city for this year’s conference. This area has numerous brownfield success stories and opportunities to showcase. We hope that you will join us for what promises to be a very worthwhile event!

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2012 Highlights

Last year's conference was the beginning of a new partnership between the PA Department of Environmental Protection and the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania.

The 2012 Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference went off without a hitch, despite the previous delayed start caused by Hurricane Sandy in October. Over 325 attendees participated in the 2012 conference, held December 10-12, 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel in Monroeville, PA.  (The conference was originally scheduled for October 29-31, but was postponed due to severe weather concerns.)

Conference-goers kicked off the conference with a networking reception on Monday evening at Don Pablo’s Mexican Cantina. More than 80 guests celebrated over a Mexican buffet before the Tuesday start…”it’s a lot like homecoming” said one attendee after encountering so many friends and colleagues from the brownfields industry.

Tuesday morning kicked off bright and early with two pre-conference workshops on State Funding and Brownfields Basics, followed by the Opening Session, presided over by Vince Brisini, PA DEP Deputy Secretary. Throughout the remainder of the day, attendees were able to choose from eight different sessions on the many, diverse topics under brownfields development. For a full listing of educational sessions, please click here.

At the conclusion of the classroom presentations, attendees then went mobile to see some of the region’s best brownfields redevelopment projects (and some waiting for development) aboard a caravan of buses that traveled the Mon Valley, South Side and downtown Pittsburgh. Following the two-hour workshop, conference goers enjoyed a bountiful buffet in the Ball Club at PNC Park, while looking out over the Pittsburgh skyline.

Wednesday morning kicked off with a plenary session on the different funding sources available for brownfields redevelopment, followed by presentations by three “Extreme Makeover” finalists competing for grant funding awarded by the PA DCED. At the conclusion of these three presentations, attendees were able to vote for the project they deemed most worthy for funding…the winner was:  (read on for the big announcement, given at the conclusion of the conference!)

Following the plenary session, attendees were again able to choose from 6 different sessions before enjoying a strolling buffet throughout the exhibit hall, filled with service providers who offered a wide range of services to help get your next project moving.

Finally, attendees learned the outcome of their voting for DCED grant money, as announced by Deputy Secretary Carolyn Newhouse…Clearfield County’s “ H.L. Tannery Project”, in Curwensville, PA was declared this year’s winning project, and the recipient of $1 million in DCED grant money.
The conference concluded following remarks by Secretary Brisini.



Questions, please contact Cori Stellfox by e-mail: c.stellfox@eswp.com or
by phone: 412-261-0710 x 11.

 

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