Last month, from May 15-17, four of our staff members traveled 800 miles to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the 2013 National Brownfields Conference. According to the conference organizers, "The National Brownfields Conference is the largest event in the nation that focuses on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment."
Now in its 15th year, the conference features a wide array of panel and plenary sessions, access to leading experts and vendors, industry-specific networking opportunities and local tours to experience regional redevelopment firsthand.
As a massive information exchange with over 6,000 attendees, the conference boasts an unparalleled opportunity to stay abreast of industry trends and share best practices. Attendees garner ideas and tools to spur economic growth, enhance community engagement, address health and safety and improve quality of life. Not to mention, access to thousands of attendees lends access to thousands of perspectives from a diverse range of expertise and professions: legal minds, consultants, academic research scholars, risk managers, government leaders, contractors, developers, construction firms, planners and engineers.
The conference's depth matches the complexity that so many communities face throughout the redevelopment process. As seasoned brownfield professionals, we recognize there is rarely a "cookie cutter" approach to the challenges of many Brownfield sites. Redevelopment requires a wide range of expertise and a full arsenal of tools to navigate each step of the process. For company staff, attending the conference expands professional networks and the toolbox at our disposal to better serve our clients.
For those unable to attend, we encourage you to watch the online bank of plenary sessions and stay tuned for information on the next national conference.
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