Breakout Tracks

Track C: Big Picture

Sponsored by   Sussman Shank

Monday, May 16, 2016
10:30 am-12:00 pm | Session 1

Oregon City
St Helens

Examining the Nexus Between Brownfields, Land Use and Redevelopment

This session will feature the case studies of two communities working to revision and redevelop large complex brownfield sites with regional and statewide significance. In both cases, redevelopment is challenged by questions regarding environmental contamination. However, each are taking a holistic approach by developing a comprehensive redevelopment vision upfront and working closely with their communities to ensure a successful outcome.

Come hear how these communities are working to address opportunities and constraints on these complex sites in order to transform the market and achieve return on investment, address legacy environmental issues, and achieve maximum community benefit.

Moderator: Brian Harper, Metro

Speakers: Christina Robertson-Gardiner, City of Oregon City; Kelly Moosbrugger Reid, City of Oregon City; John Walsh, City of St. Helens


Monday, May 16, 2016
1:30-3:30 pm | Session 2


Integrating the Pacific Northwest Manufacturing Partnership and Brownfields Redevelopment

21st century manufacturing opportunities can set the stage for community revitalization involving former industrial brownfields sites. Learn about the federal Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program and how the U.S. Government is rewarding regional economic development collaboration and best practices by promoting alignment of federal grant programs across multiple federal departments and agencies that can benefit designated manufacturing communities. This alignment could prove valuable to cities and towns linking manufacturing growth strategies to brownfield revitalization.

Discover how the 2015 designation of the Pacific Northwest Manufacturing Partnership (PNMP) as 1 of 24 IMCP "Manufacturing Communities" in the U.S. can benefit new or past Brownfields investments in Oregon. The panel discussion will highlight the redevelopment of Brownfields sites as a jobs and land use goal that connects new innovations in materials and production with manufacturing competencies, such as in the wood products industry resulting from the manufacture and use of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT).

Moderator: Charlie Bartsch, Senior Advisor for Economic Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Speakers: Gary Barth, Director, Business & Community Services, Clackamas County; Anne Medenbach, Port of Hood River; Benjamin Kaiser, Architect, The Kaiser Group, Inc.


Monday, May 16, 2016
3:30-5:00 pm | Session 3


Is the New Land Banking Authority or Brownfields Property Tax Incentive Right for Your Community?

Certain brownfields properties have sat idle for years without landowners investing in cleanup and redevelopment. These blighted properties are not active in the market; they often represent potential threats to human and environmental health and lost economic opportunity for a local community. Moreover, they degrade the value of the neighboring properties and depress property tax revenues.

In 2015 and 2016, the Oregon legislature passed two bills that provide significant new tools for local governments to use to promote the redevelopment of these brownfields properties. HB 2734, the Land Bank Authority bill, and HB 4084, the Brownfields Property Tax Incentive bill, now provide, through enabling legislation, a means for local governments to acquire brownfields properties without also acquiring "owner" liability, and to provide direct financial benefits to private entities that are prepared to enter into public/private partnerships for redevelopment. This session's speakers participated in the drafting and passage of the legislation, and will provide a discussion regarding the benefits the bills can provide to local governments.

Speakers: David Rabbino, Tonkon Torp LLP; David Ashton, Port of Portland


Tuesday, May 17, 2016
9:30-11:00 am | Session 5

Hashem and photos

Getting into the Minds of Developers

Obtain firsthand insight from project developers on how to successfully conduct a brownfields redevelopment. This session will feature experienced developers who will share their knowledge of developing complex brownfield sites in Oregon and around the West. Our speakers will discuss "lessons learned" in identifying and overcoming redevelopment challenges, including cost effectively addressing contamination, increasing property value, and creating a development with enthusiastic community support.

Moderator: David Rabbino, Tonkon Torp LLP

Speakers: Mary Hashem, RE | Solutions; Noel Johnson, Killian Pacific; Matt Craigie, Leland Consulting


Tuesday, May 17, 2016
11:15 am-12:30 pm | Session 6


Impact Investing and Other Financing Tools

Recently innovative financing solutions have evolved to unlock new sources of capital such that they deliver positive social, economic, and environmental outcomes. This session will explore how "impact investing" is taking hold in Oregon and pioneering new public-private partnership to fund projects

Moderator: Heather Stafford, Business Oregon, Assistant Director Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Speakers: Amy Pearl, Hatch, Founder & Executive Director; Vicki Walker, U.S. Department of Agriculture

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