17 episodes

The Redevelopment Trailblazers podcast features public and private sector innovators tackling complex issues to help rebuild America’s distressed communities. Integrating sustainable environmental and economic practices, these pioneers implement creative solutions that spur reinvestment in and transformation of the country’s most challenging neighborhoods.

Join us as we talk with the changemakers who bring real-world approaches and successful strategies to brownfields redevelopment, urban renewal, and community revitalization.

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The Redevelopment Trailblazers podcast features public and private sector innovators tackling complex issues to help rebuild America’s distressed communities. Integrating sustainable environmental and economic practices, these pioneers implement creative solutions that spur reinvestment in and transformation of the country’s most challenging neighborhoods.

Join us as we talk with the changemakers who bring real-world approaches and successful strategies to brownfields redevelopment, urban renewal, and community revitalization.

    BONUS: The Power of Partnerships: Exploring ULI’s Homeless to Housed Initiative [Redevelopment Trailblazers Webinar]

    BONUS: The Power of Partnerships: Exploring ULI’s Homeless to Housed Initiative [Redevelopment Trailblazers Webinar]

    In 2022, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) launched its Homeless to Housed (H2H) initiative through the release of its report “Homeless to Housed: The ULI Perspective.” The report, along with ULI’s growing H2H solutions library, showcases successful public-private-provider partnerships (P4s) and their vital role in delivering affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness.

    In this inaugural Redevelopment Trailblazers webinar, join our esteemed panelists for a discussion about ULI’s ongoing efforts through its H2H initiative to address the complex issue of homelessness. The conversation will focus on how the real estate development community can partner to help alleviate the critical shortage of affordable housing in the United States and champion transformative change.

    To view the webinar recording, click here.

    • 1 hr
    Buildings that Create Jobs: Exploring Business Incubators w/ Tom Mancuso

    Buildings that Create Jobs: Exploring Business Incubators w/ Tom Mancuso

    In this episode, Vita Nuova member Tom Mancuso discusses
    the key elements of taking a business incubator approach to creating local, long-lasting jobs for a community while recycling industrial and commercial properties. Based on decades of experience running the family business that pioneered this approach, Tom outlines the essential components of successful business incubators. He also emphasizes the versatility of these projects across communities, regardless of size. Ultimately, this strategy creates new employment opportunities, solves economic problems, and redevelops brownfield sites. Working through Vita Nuova, Tom can bring this expertise to communities across the country!

     

    Tom’s book, Buildings That Create Jobs, provides a detailed guide for anyone interested in establishing, leasing, and operating business incubators and local business centers within adaptively reused buildings. 

    • 18 min
    A Visionary Journey through Brownfields Redevelopment w/ Patricia Overmeyer

    A Visionary Journey through Brownfields Redevelopment w/ Patricia Overmeyer

    ⁠⁠Patricia Overmeyer⁠⁠ is the Deputy Director of the EPA's ⁠⁠Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization⁠⁠. A pioneer in the field, she has been a leader in shaping brownfield redevelopment policies and implementation for nearly 25 years. Prior to becoming OBLR’s Deputy Director, she also served as Team Leader for the Brownfields Policy, Research and Outreach Team and worked in US EPA’s Hazardous Waste Identification Division. Patricia is also responsible for coordinating the ⁠⁠National Brownfields Training Conference⁠⁠.


    In this episode, Patricia delves into how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has broadened the financial resources available for brownfields redevelopment. While highlighting the newfound opportunities this legislation brings, she also sheds light on the numerous challenges that persist. Looking toward the future, she offers insightful predictions on the ongoing evolution of the industry and gives an interesting preview of the 2023 National Brownfields Training Conference (Detroit, August 8–11). ⁠⁠Be sure to register today!

    • 20 min
    Land Stewardship Tech Expands Brownfields Redevelopment Opportunities w/ Bob Wenzlau and Mike Sowinski

    Land Stewardship Tech Expands Brownfields Redevelopment Opportunities w/ Bob Wenzlau and Mike Sowinski

    In the latest episode of Redevelopment Trailblazers, we talk to Bob Wenzlau, President and Founder of Palo Alto-based Terradex, and Mike Sowinski, the company’s Vice President, about the critical role that land use controls (also known as institutional controls) play in the redevelopment of brownfields and other contaminated sites, as well as the importance of long-term stewardship.

    Over the last 20 years, Terradex has applied its innovative land use control mapping and monitoring technology to more than 20,000 projects, allowing for the safe reuse of properties where residual contamination remains while protecting communities, the environment, and cleanup remedies. Bob and Mike discuss how Terradex’s unique approach helps stakeholders address compliance assurance obligations, environmental justice concerns, and other evolving challenges at these sites. They also explain how drone imagery and AI are enhancing its applications and expanding the use cases that can benefit from Terradex’s tech solutions. 

    • 19 min
    The Power of Solar on Brownfield Sites w/ Annika Colston

    The Power of Solar on Brownfield Sites w/ Annika Colston

    What do closed landfills, sand and gravel pits, quarries, and formerly-mined coal sites all have in common? They are all candidates for solar development. In this episode of Redevelopment Trailblazers, we speak with Annika Colston, Founder and President of AC Power, the only company of its kind that focuses solely on the development of solar on brownfield sites and other previously disturbed properties. Annika describes AC Power’s unique approach, the process for evaluating whether a site is a good candidate for solar development, key considerations to ensure project viability, and the promise solar redevelopment projects can hold for communities and the renewable energy market.

    • 24 min
    The Economic Transformation of the South Bronx w/ Neil Pariser

    The Economic Transformation of the South Bronx w/ Neil Pariser

    The South Bronx has undergone an exciting transformation over the course of many years. In this episode of Redevelopment Trailblazers, we get a first-hand account from Neil Pariser, the former SVP of the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO). Through decades of work in this community, Neil led efforts to create affordable housing and redevelop huge swaths of retail, industrial, and commercial space, improving the attractiveness and economic viability of the South Bronx.

    A deeper dive into this story is also available in this Redevelopment Institute webinar.

    • 20 min

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