Brownfield Development: Guidance from the Pros

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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This interactive discussion will consider the challenges of redevelop- ing brownfield sites, legal aspects and examples of success. How do you create a vibrant catalyst site for your community, and how can we assess whether an existing site qualifies for funding? You will take away an understanding of redevelopment options for sites with environmental issues including funding and technical resources.

Moderator: Belinda Richard, National Brownfields Program Manager, Terracon

Speakers: Miles Ballogg, Senior Principal Practice Leader Brownfields & Economic Development, Cardno; Melanie Gaboardi, Director, Community Development Services, City of Ocala; Frank L. Hearne, Shareholder, Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P.A.; Teri Hasbrouck, BS, MS, Certified Public Manager, Environmental Program Coordinator, Pinellas County

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Belinda Richard Ms. Richard is Terracon’s National Brownfields Program Manager and has over 20 years of environmental experience with the past 14 years dedicated to the brownfields program.  She has assisted more than 50 brownfield programs in implementing over $30 million dollars of federal brownfields grant funding. Her experience includes grant development, project management, grant compliance and reporting, community outreach, Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs), budget management, brownfield inventories, environmental site assessments, remedial planning, grant closeouts, cleanup oversight, brownfield incentives and Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreements (BSRAs). 

Ms. Richard has assisted clients in securing EPA Grant funding and every aspect of the brownfields grant lifecycle ensuring compliance with EPA Terms and Conditions of the grant. She works closely with communities in obtaining funding, developing their programs, leveraging local incentives and implementing successful redevelopment. In addition, Ms. Richard works closely with the EPA Brownfields administration, and is an experienced negotiator with the regulatory community. Ms. Richard started her career as an environmental regulator for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection; and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida.

Miles Ballogg Mr. Ballogg serves as the Brownfields Practice Leader and Economic Development Director for Cardno, Inc. He assists public and private sector clients with land redevelopment programming, assessment, and remediation, specifically in environmentally-blighted areas. Miles has been involved in the implementation of both federal and state Brownfields programs for over 25 years including during their inception. He is a strong advocate for environmental justice and has been recognized as the National Leader of the “Healthfields Movement” by utilizing Brownfields and other leverage resources to improve access to health care for underserved communities. Miles provides comprehensive programmatic support, technical assistance, and project coordination for numerous Brownfield Redevelopment Projects utilizing EPA Assessment, Cleanup Multi-Purpose, and Cleanup Revolving Loan funding. Miles assists clients (including government agencies, non-profits, and private sector developers) with Brownfields consulting, grant writing, and programmatic support to facilitate the transformation of environmentally-impaired properties into benefits to their communities.

Melanie Gaboardi Ms. Gaboardi is the Director of Community Development Services for the City of Ocala, Florida. Her responsibilities currently include management of Ocala’s Economic Development Division, Community Programs Division and the City’s Office of Homeless Prevention.  She has experience in finance, human resources, risk management, procurement and over 25 years in contract and grant administration for the private sector as well as local, state and federal funding including CDBG, SHIP and the 2018 EPA Brownfields Assessment grant.  She held positions in the manufacturing, retail, healthcare, non-profit, state education, and local government sectors and is familiar with the nuances of the diverse needs of each. Ms. Gaboardi holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University.

Frank L. Hearne Mr. Hearne is a shareholder in the firm of Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P.A., in Tampa, Florida where he practices exclusively environmental law. In addition to his legal credentials, Mr. Hearne holds an B.S. degree in engineering focused on water resources and a master’s degree in zoology focused on aquatic and estuarine ecology.  Mr. Hearne’s engineering and scientific training enables him to better comprehend the many technical aspects of his work such as geohydrology, complex organic chemistry and other topics. A substantial portion of his legal practice for over 35 years has been to advise public and private clients in transactions involving contaminated sites, including any aspect involving clean up, negotiations, agreements, insurance and mitigation.

Teri Hasbrouck Ms. Hasbrouck is the Pinellas County Environmental Program Coordinator.  Teri develops and manages programs and operations of county-wide initiatives affecting both the public and private sectors of Pinellas County. She serves as program manager to coordinate and develop environmental regulatory programs, monitoring their effectiveness within the area of environmental impacts and compliance. Teri directs program administration, develops and maintains interagency and community partnerships, advisory boards, and interacts with the public on sensitive issues. She manages County-owned contaminated properties and the County Brownfield Program.  She works collaboratively with other County departments to provide expertise on property purchases and sales and insures that County-owned properties comply with state and federal regulations. Additionally, she works on special projects that require the development of strategies and plans to meet federal and state environmental regulatory requirements that apply to County assets and operations.