FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2013

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461


KDHE to present workshop on economic revitalization through Brownfields program

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), with Fort Scott/Bourbon County Riverfront Authority, City of Chanute and City of Ottawa, will host a workshop on Thursday, Oct. 3, to assist communities in redeveloping brownfields properties. This all-day workshop will begin at 9 a.m. in the Alliance Room at the Memorial Building, 101 S. Lincoln in Chanute and will provide information related to the recently awarded federal Brownfields Assessment Coalition Grant. The workshop will also help attendees identify additional State, Federal, and other financial and technical resources to address environmental and redevelopment issues for communities.

Brownfields, as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is “real property, the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” Often it is the perception of contamination that keeps properties from being redeveloped. The mission of the Kansas Brownfields Coalition is to empower coalition communities and other stakeholders involved with economic redevelopment to work as partners in order to redevelop brownfields properties.

Workshop attendees often include local government, community groups and non-profit organizations, real estate developers, commercial real estate brokers, lenders, regional economic development agencies, consultants and others interested in financial resources for local redevelopment. Attendees will learn how to put brownfields back into use to decrease blight, create jobs, generate additional tax revenue, save municipal cost and spur economic development in the surrounding area.

Registration is free and is available by sending an email including the name, email and affiliation contact information (title, phone, mailing address) of each attendee to the Chanute Brownfields Workshop at chsr@ksu.edu. The registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 30. Workshop details, agenda, speakers and contact information are available on the Kansas Brownfields Coalition webpage: http://kdheks.gov/brownfields/2013coalitiongrant.html.

If accommodations are needed for attendees with disabilities, please notify Marie Hawkins, City of Chanute, 620-431-5219, at least five working days prior to the event.