Susan Wenzlick, the DEQ brownfield program’s communications coordinator, will talk about the DEQ’s Brownfield Redevelopment Program, new outreach efforts, and its successes and challenges. She will showcase projects where brownfield sites were “flipped” and brought economic, social and environmental improvements to Michigan communities.
Revitalizing and redeveloping contaminated properties protects the environment, reuses existing infrastructure, minimizes urban sprawl and creates economic opportunities. To facilitate the redevelopment of brownfield properties, the DEQ provides local units of government and economic development corporations with financial and technical assistance including grants, loans, tax increment financing and free site assessments.
Come hear about the potential uses of brownfield tools as the DEQ tells the story of the economic and environmental benefits resulting from the state’s investment in brownfields.