Time is running out to submit your session proposal for Brownfields 2009 (New Orleans, November 16-18)! To submit your session proposal by the go to The Brownsfields 2009 Conference Web Site

Deadline: May 1, 2009

Cosponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and ICMA, the conference attracts more than six thousand registrants and hundreds of exhibitors. With more than 150 educational sessions, the conference offers knowledge building, networking, and business development opportunities for beginners and experienced professionals.

The conference organizers are particularly interested in new ideas related to economic redevelopment, innovative reuse strategies, green jobs, real estate and investment, environmental management and cleanup, technological solutions, community development, environmental justice, sustainable communities, leadership and management, financing and more. Don’t delay. Submit your ideas now at www.brownfields2009.org.  For more information please contact Sean Tolliver at stolliver@icma.org or see the conference website

What are Brownfields?

Brownfields are rural or urban industrial commercial sites that are abandoned or underused because of real or perceived contamination.  Communities across the country face the challenge of putting these idle sites back to work, from old industrial cities with thousands of acres of abandoned factories to rural villages built around derelict mines or timber mills.  Brownfields are a valuable community resource that through redevelopment and reuse could easily bring important benefits to many economically depressed communities or serve as the centerpiece in comprehensive redevelopment strategies.

Addressing the Need – What Is the National Brownfields Conference?

The National Brownfields Conference is the largest, most comprehensive conference focused on cleaning up and redeveloping abandoned, underutilized, and potentially contaminated properties in the nation.  There is no better deal in the redevelopment marketplace than Brownfields 2009. Why?  Because registration is free, and by signing up you gain access to more than 150 educational and learning opportunities, outstanding plenary sessions, 200 exhibitors, scores of networking events, special training sessions, film screenings, book signings, and much, much more.

There are plenty of ways that individuals and organizations can take advantage of all the educational and networking opportunities that Brownfields 2009 will present.  Whether you’re a newcomer to the world of economic and environmental redevelopment, or a seasoned professional looking to make new connections and increase your business Brownfields 2009 offers something for you.

Who should attend?

* Local, state, and federal government leaders
* Federal and state contractors
* Financial and insurance providers and risk management practitioners
* Economic development officials and community development organizations
* Environmental and civil engineers, planners and public works officials
* Information technology professionals
* Academic institutions & students
* Real estate developers and investors
* Attorneys

If you are having problems with your online submission contact: Sean Tolliver stolliver_AT_icma_DOT_org or call 202-962-3590. Or check out the blog article “Tips for Getting Your Idea into the Educational Program

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Author: Tracey de Morsella (323 Articles)

Tracey de Morsella started her career working as an editor for US Technology Magazine. She used that experience to launch Delaware Valley Network, a publication for professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Years later, she used the contacts and resources she acquired to work in executive search specializing in technical and diversity recruitment. She has conducted recruitment training seminars for Wachovia Bank, the Department of Interior and the US Postal Service. During this time, she also created a diversity portal called The Multicultural Advantage and published the Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a directory of recruiting resources for human resources professionals. Her career and recruitment articles have appeared in numerous publications and web portals including Woman Engineer Magazine, Monster.com, About.com Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine, HR.com, and Human Resource Consultants Association Newsletter. Her work with technology professionals drew her to pursuing training and work in web development, which led to a stint at Merrill Lynch as an Intranet Manager. In March, she decided to combine her technical and career management expertise with her passion for the environment, and with her husband, launched The Green Economy Post, a blog providing green career information and covering the impact of the environment, sustainable building, cleantech and renewable energy on the US economy. Her sustainability articles have appeared on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Chem.Info,FastCompany and CleanTechies.