2017 April Luncheon

"Finding Connections in the Brownfield Marketplace"

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

11:30 AM Registration and Networking

12:00 PM Presentation

 Description: Generally, brownfields are no longer a major barrier to redevelopment. Developers are typically well-versed in the process required to engage in these kinds of transactions. Most know how to secure the required environmental assessments, perform any required remediation, and secure the necessary certification for a desired property. Yet many brownfields still remain, typically in the more distressed communities where capacity to market brownfields properties is limited. Often these communities are unaware of, or are not familiar with, the process and as a result, are overlooked when developers are searching for new redevelopment opportunities.

Attracting private investment can prove a daunting task for any municipality struggling with the challenges associated with brownfield properties. For smaller, disadvantaged communities these challenges can become insurmountable as these communities often lack even the most basic resources necessary to promote brownfield redevelopment. In addition to the actual contamination of a property, the stigma alone can further reduce developer interest. 

Dr. Sarah L. Coffin, AICP will walk us through the local brownfield redevelopment process with an emphasis on preparing RFPs for potential developers. She will also preview the upcoming Fall 2017 St Louis Metropolitan Brownfields Marketplace, profiling what you will need to participate. Come hear how you can return previously underutilized properties back into productive use. 

Speaker Bio: Dr. Coffin is an associate professor of urban planning and development in the Center for Sustainability at Saint Louis University. She has extensive background in developing information systems as decision tools.  Specifically, she has developed indicator projects used to promote brownfield redevelopment in distressed neighborhoods and a system for evaluating the efficacy and efficiency of development tools.  Her research interests include examining the impacts of brownfields, vacant properties, and more recently the impact of development incentives on weak market economies and whether new ways of framing the redevelopment question might provide positive benefits for distressed communities.  Dr. Coffin holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Design, and Development from Cleveland State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Lake Erie College.


Telecommunity Room (Room 108)
AT&T Library and Technology Resource Center
Harris-Stowe State University
3011 Laclede Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63103



Members:  $15
Non-Members:  $18
Students:  $10
Board Members: $10

Box Lunch Options provided by Fresh Ideas at Harris Stowe.  Menu options as follows:

  • Turkey Sandwich
  • Ham Sandwich
  • Roast Beef Sandwich
  • Veggie Wrap

A beverage will be provided.

Registration Deadline:
No later than Friday, April 14, 2017 at 5PM.

Click here to register.