New York's Secretary of State  Cesar Perales welcomed the participants at NPCR's annual Brownfield Opportunities Summit in Albany and chose that moment to announce 11 new Brownfield Opportunity Area designations.

See the Governor's Press Release.

Conference Materials and Presentations

New York Brownfield Opportunity Areas Summit

The Next Challenge: Strategies & Resources for Implementing Your Community-Wide Brownfields Plan 

The Hilton, Albany| Albany, New York December 2nd & 3rd, 2015 

Communities and brownfield stakeholders from across the state gathered on December 2nd and 3rd for NPCR's 2015 Annual Brownfield Opportunities Summit.  NPCR teamed up with the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) to create a full program addressing the challenge of moving from community planning to implementing a community plan. 

We thank our members and Summit sponsors for helping to make this year's event one of our most dynamic and informative.

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Summit Highights:

  • ​Secretary of State Cesar Perales welcomed Summit participants with a surprise announcement: eleven new BOAs, representing every region of the state, have been designated, bringing the total number of designated BOAs to 26 - the first twelve were announced at NPCR's Brownfield Forum in Brooklyn last April, and another three were announced this past fall in Syracuse. This marks an important moment for the BOA program, along with the 2015 amendments to the Brownfield Cleanup Program which will entitle most developers working within a BOA plan to an additional 5% "bump-up" in brownfield tax credits. Investors have more reason than ever to explore the opportunities in BOA communities.
  • Funders from a range of federal and State agencies provided information on available assistance to communities, offering tips and contacts.
  • Teams from three New York State Municipalities, including municipal officials, consultants and developers, shared their stories and insights on getting a strategic BOA redevelopment project done. 
  • NPCR hosted the latest in its decades long series of Roundtables, this time addressing the need for updating and streamlining the BOA program.
  • Assemblymember John MacDonald welcomed participants to the Summit Reception. A former Mayor with hands-on BOA experience, he is a fan! He is also an enthusiastic sponsor of Assembly Bill A.7970, a legislative proposal supported by NPCR for streamlining and strengthening the BOA program.​​

​Summit Sessions:​​

  • ​Forward with Federal Resources: ​Agency representatives from EPA, FEMA, HUD, USDA, NPS-RTCA and SBA discussed the wide variety of financial and technical resources the federal government has to offer​.
  • Federal Resources Hit the Streets: Representatives from the cities of Rochester and Ogdensburg and the Village of Wappingers Falls discussed how they have used federal resources to successfully advance projects. 
  • ​​CCLR Hands-0n Grantwriting Workshop: with EPA Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Clean-up grant applications due on December 18th, this workshop was designed to help communities work through specific questions relating to grant applications and funding.​
  • Getting a Project Done:  In a discussion facilitated by Daniel Walsh, Director of New York City's Department of Environmental Remediation, teams from three BOA communities - including developers, planners, municipal officials and consultants - talked about how they put together the necessary elements  to accomplish a strategic project.
  • ​Working with State Agencies: Participants were reminded, through a series of short presentations by DEC, DOH, DOS, Canals, HCR and ESD, that there are numerous opportunites for financial and technical assistance from State agencies, large and small.
  • ​NPCR Roundtable: Revising, Reforming & Strengthening the BOA Program: NPCR Board Member Kevin Healy, Esq., facilitated a discussion among a panel of BOA practitioners and Summit participants, from which emerged a clear consensus on a number of recommendations for the future of the BOA program.