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Ohio Chapter presents:
‘Retooling Brownfield Redevelopment’
CHRISTOPHER J. BURNHAM, president, Summit County Port Authority (SCPA), has over 25 years of development and finance experience in both the public and private sectors. During his tenure with the SCPA, it has become one of the most active economic development financing programs in the State of Ohio. The first president of the port authority since 2000, Burnham has been an innovator in regional cooperation, successfully guiding and financing numerous development and redevelopment projects in the Northeast Ohio region. Through cooperative agreements, the port authority provides economic development finance in eleven Northeast Ohio counties. In 2001, SCPA established the Fixed-Rate Common Bond Fund Program, one of only five bond fund programs in the State of Ohio. The port authority has issued $223.57 million in taxable and tax-exempt bonds leveraging over $442 million in private investment in Summit County and Northeast Ohio.
JENNIFER CARTER-CORNELL, APR, is Hull & Associates’s director of funding & government and community relations. She specializes in grant writing; community relations strategies and programs; and environmental planning projects involving brownfield redevelopment, water quality, land preservation, and environmental stakeholder involvement. Carter-Cornell served as the lead grant writer to help secure more than $40 million in federal and state grants for Hull’s clients and has more than 15 years of experience working with a variety of environmental issues. She produced the award-winning 2002 documentary "Fate of a River: Revisited," an update to a 1965 film about the Maumee River. Carter-Cornell is accredited in public relations through the Public Relations Society of America and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a specialization in public relations and a minor in environmental studies from Bowling Green State University.
DR. WAYNE DORBAND, CEO and president, Mountain Sky Group, has a 30-plus year career as an environmental entrepreneur. He was a pioneer in environmental consulting, founded ATC Environmental and took it public in the mid-1980s. He is also a co-founder of Cherokee Investment and International Risk Group, two of the largest acquirers and redevelopers of environmentally-impaired real estate in the world. Most recently, he has founded Mountain Sky Group, a Northern Colorado-based green real estate and technology group of companies.
LAURA A. EPHLIN, of counsel at Roetzel & Andress, focuses her practice in the areas of brownfields redevelopment, real estate acquisition, due diligence, and environmental compliance counseling. As a former senior staff attorney with the State of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA), Ephlin had an integral role in the development and implementation of Ohio's Voluntary Action Program. She also formerly served as the supervising attorney for Ohio EPA's Division of Solid and Infectious Waste Management, where she negotiated the resolution of numerous enforcement and permitting matters. Since joining Roetzel & Andress, Ephlin has completed various enforcement, permitting, and brownfields redevelopment negotiations with the Ohio EPA and U.S. EPA, and represented clients on matters related to securing brownfields redevelopment funds. Her clients include developers, manufacturers, municipalities, and private individuals.
TERRENCE S. FINN, a partner at Roetzel & Andress, focuses on environmental compliance counseling and environmental litigation in administrative, state and federal forms, representing both public- and private-sector clients on a wide range of environmental issues. He has defended clients in environmental enforcement actions brought by both state and federal agencies, prosecuted appeals before the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission, counseled clients on brownfield cleanup and redevelopment projects, and a variety of environmental permitting matters, including wetland, storm water, NPDES, solid waste and hazardous waste matters. Finn's clients include major corporations, small closely held businesses, national retailers, developers and municipalities. He was formerly an assistant attorney general for the State of Ohio, assigned to the Environmental Enforcement Section.
NORMA FOX HOROWITZ joined the staff of the Summit County Port Authority in March 2003, and has over 15 years’ experience in the economic development field. In her role as development coordinator & FTZ manager, she works closely with companies and communities on finance projects and administers the foreign-trade zone (FTZ) program within Summit County. For those projects requiring brownfield remediation assistance, she provides the primary support needed for each project. Horowitz represents the Port Authority on several entities, including the Ohio Council of Port Authorities Finance Committee. She is a member of the International Economic Development Council and the Network of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Greater Akron. She holds an MBA from Kent State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from the University of Akron. She is also certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council.
JENNIFER J. KRUEGER, PG, CP, is a principal scientist with URS Corporation’s Cincinnati, Ohio office. Krueger is a certified professional under Ohio’s Voluntary Action Program and holds registration as a professional geologist in four states. She received her B.S. from Cleveland State University and M.S. from the University of Cincinnati. Krueger has focused her 20-year environmental career on assisting private and public clients manage risk and develop successful, sustainable projects. She has been involved with a diverse portfolio of VAP and other state brownfield sites including a former steel mill, a historic airship hangar, several dry cleaners and gas stations, a coke plant, and a manufactured gas plant.
STU LICHTER, IRG’s founder and president, is widely acknowledged as the premier distressed industrial property developer in the country. The IRG niche is highly refined: the company acquires, preserves and redevelops massive space, including government, and distressed and/or environmentally challenged properties, and retrofits these projects for modern-day use. Lichter has won numerous awards for his redevelopment efforts, including the California State Assembly of Recognition Award, the 2004 Developer's Showcase Award, Sacramento County Pollution and Prevention Award, and the Arthur D. Little Award for Economic Development Excellence. IRG has purchased properties from such companies as General Motors, Spiegel, Northrop Grumman, Levi's, United Technologies, the U.S. Army and the Veterans Administration ,among others. These properties generally range from 150,000 sq. ft., up to 4 million sq, ft., and 50 acres to 3,000 acres. Project budgets can be as small as five to ten million dollars and up to $100 million-plus.
WILLIAM MURDOCK, AICP, is the director of the Ohio Department of Development’s Urban Development Division. The Division focuses on solutions and assistance to urban redevelopment challenges in Ohio and coordinates a $650 million portfolio of revitalization programs which includes the Clean Ohio Revitalization and Assistance Fund grant programs for brownfields, the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit program, and the Ohio Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund. He also serves as the Department’s representative to the Ohio Public Works Commission, the Ohio Rail Development Commission, and the Ohio Lake Erie Commission. Murdock joined the Ohio Department of Development in March 2008 and has over ten years’ experience in local government in planning, community development, redevelopment of brownfields sites, and a major town center revitalization project. Murdock received multiple degrees from The Ohio State University, including a B.S. in economics, a B.A. in political science, a M.S. in parks, recreation and tourism administration, and a Master of City & Regional Planning (MCRP).
KARYN SELLE, project hydrogeologist with Hull & Associates, has significant experience in geotechnical and environmental sampling, including installation of soil borings and monitoring wells. She completes comprehensive site history investigations, and performs site walkovers, regulatory agency file reviews, and Phase I and Phase II site assessments. Additionally, she serves as a field representative on construction projects that include demolition, excavation and placement of backfill, contract compliance assurance, and documentation for permanent records. The work she performs includes projects under Ohio’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP), working with the U.S. EPA on Assessment Grant funded projects, and state funding programs such as the Clean Ohio Fund (COF). Karyn has been involved in many facets of the Akron Riverwalk Development Project, including site history investigations, environmental sampling, and serving in the project management role within the overall development. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia and is a registered Professional Geologist in the state of Tennessee. Karyn is a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists and the Ohio Geological Society.