Webinar Series | Brownfield Redevelopment Program
Brownfield Redevelopment Webinar Series
ABOUT THE SERIES
This new monthly webinar series focuses on Brownfield redevelopment and downtown revitalization in Kentucky. The series will feature a variety of presentations and panels intended to help communities learn about the resources available for brownfields redevelopment and downtown revitalization more broadly. The webinars are intended to connect underserved communities throughout the commonwealth with redevelopment resources, technical assistance, new funding opportunities and inspirational stories of successful brownfield redevelopment efforts in Kentucky. We encourage you to attend the webinars live, however for those who cannot, we will share the webinar recordings on our YouTube channel.
This series is one of many new opportunities planned as part of a new partnership between the University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s (EEC) Department of Environmental Protection Brownfield Program. Learn more about this exciting new partnership: Ag News Release.
WEBINAR: Brownfields for Beginners
Recorded June 28th, 2023
Ready to learn the nuts and bolts of the Kentucky Brownfield Program from the staff that lead the program? This webinar features Lynn True, Brownfield Coordinator and Kiersten O’Leary, Brownfield Outreach and Education Specialist at the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s (EEC) Department of Environmental Protection Brownfield Program. Lynn and Kiersten share the basics of the state’s Brownfield program.
Besides introducing the Kentucky Brownfield program, this webinar also helps attendees better understand the benefits of Brownfield program, outline the typical redevelopment process, as well as identify opportunities to leverage state resources and technical assistance. If your community is interested in bringing vacant, abandoned or potentially contaminated properties back into productive use, the Kentucky Brownfield Program is one of the key tools to help you achieve your goals.
Lynn True, KY Brownfield Coordinator (email@example.com)
Kiersten O’Leary, KY Brownfield Outreach and Education Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WEBINAR: Blight to Bright – Brownfield Redevelopment Success in Kentucky
Recorded July 12th, 2023
Ready to learn how to move buildings from blight to bright with the help of the Brownfield program and your local area development district? This virtual panel features staff members from area development districts as they discuss their history with the program and ways communities can be best prepared to achieve success.
Discover what goes into a successful brownfield project and get inspired by their real-world stories. Learn about best practices, strategies, and the innovative approaches that can help you uncover the untapped potential of blighted brownfield sites in your community. Hear firsthand accounts of how collaboration with stakeholders transformed contaminated sites into community assets.
Brendon Kearney, with Lake Cumberland ADD (email@example.com)
Susanna Cornett, with Cumberland Valley ADD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Blake Edge, with Green River ADD (email@example.com)
WEBINAR: The Long Game to Revitalization
Recorded August 23rd, 2023
In this webinar, we learn how Beattyville, KY has played the downtown revitalization long game. Located at the confluence of the North and South forks of the Kentucky River, the county seat of Lee County, has long been defined by its terrain and unique landscape. Flooding in 2021 devastated the County, and left Beattyville under water but they didn't let the flooding stop their efforts. Recently, the city and its leaders have been getting attention for their vision and plan for the future.
Over the course of 15 years Beattyville expanded their tourism effort and grew lodging and restaurant capacity. Those successes spurred investments in infrastructure and outdoor amenities. And now, Beattyville is working on a renovation of their Main Street, including their recently announced $499,939 EPA Cleanup Grant to remediate a two-story downtown building fits within their long-term vision for downtown Beattyville.
Teresa May, Beattyville Main Street Director
Dedra Brandenburg, Beattyville/Lee County Tourism Director
WEBINAR: Is Your Community Revitalization Ready?
Recorded September 20th, 2023
This webinar will focus on the early stages of community readiness and help attendees better understand exploring your community’s needs and collecting impactful information to inform redevelopment and reuse strategies for brownfield sites and properties. Shane will share key elements from the EPA’s Revitalization Ready Guidebook.
Shane Barton, Downtown Revitalization Coordinator with CEDIK