November 5, 2010
Draper Aden Associates and the Town of Pulaski and have been selected to present and moderate a panel discussion in Philadelphia in April, at Brownfields 2011, a national conference focused on environmental revitalization and economic development. The presentation, “How to Eat an Elephant: Steps to Developing a Community-Lead Brownfields Redevelopment Program,” was selected from over 850 entries nationwide and is the only entry chosen from Virginia.
“The presentation offers the Town the opportunity to discuss the very participative process of framing the Town’s commitment in redeveloping former industrial sites”, said Dr. John White, Pulaski’s Economic Development Director. “In addition, the national contacts that we hope to make will strengthen our program —- especially our ability to market sites for additional development.”
Last year the Town was selected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive a $200,000 brownfields assessment grant from The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The funds have initiated efforts to assess and ultimately remediate and redevelop abandoned, industrial/commercial properties identified as brownfields and help to return them to productive community use.
Draper Aden Associates was selected to provide environmental services and assistance to the Town including screening and selecting potential sites, performing Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, and preparation of additional assessment plans, preliminary remedial action plans and preliminary redevelopment plans.