Realtors, developers, attorneys, architects, remediation specialists, engineers and government agencies will come together for the Oklahoma Brownfields Conference May 22-23 at one of Oklahoma City's pre-eminent brownfields projects, the historic Skirvin Hilton Hotel.
Brownfields are properties that have lost value due to real or perceived environmental contamination. Oklahoma City has seen the transformation of many brownfields properties, including the Bricktown Canal and the Dell Center, which have been recognized nationally as examples of brownfields success stories.
“Oklahoma City has been particularly successful in using brownfields programs to improve our community and increase economic opportunities,” said LeAnne Burnett, attorney with Crowe and Dunlevy and a member of the conference planning committee. “Brownfields redevelopment addresses environmental matters, raises tax revenues, leads to an increase in employment and breathes new life into redeveloped areas.”
Oklahoma City has received several awards for brownfields projects, including the Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 Phoenix Award and Brownfield Renewal magazine's first Renewal Award for Economic Impact for the redevelopment of Bricktown.
The theme of the conference is “Rethink ... Reinvest ... Reinvent.” The event will include presentations from industry leaders from here and across the country about the economic, social, and environmental impact of brownfields redevelopment.
Speakers include Larry Nichols, executive chairman of Devon Energy Corp.; Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett; Roy Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber; Marianne Horinko, former acting administrator, Environmental Protection Agency; Tom Murphy, former mayor of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Sam Coleman, acting regional administrator of the EPA's Region 6, based in Dallas.
Topics will include brownfields for beginners, the impact of social media, brownfields in rural communities and the economic implications of brownfields redevelopment.
The conference will be presented by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and sponsored by Crowe and Dunlevy law firm, Devon Energy, Tulsa Industrial Authority, Oklahoma City Brownfields Program, Chesapeake Energy, Enercon, Lochner, Terracon, and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, among others.
Registration is available online and at several rates, including $75 for students, $125 for the public and $250 for private sector
The conference is approved for continuing education credit for professional engineers and land surveyors, planners, real estate professionals, attorneys and remediation consultants. For more information, Go online to www.oklahomabrown