MFA Brings Brownfield Redevelopment Planning Workshop to Portland, Oregon

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June 11, 2012 -- The leading brownfields consulting firm in the Pacific Northwest is bringing its Brownfield Redevelopment Planning Workshop to Portland, OR, on June 13-14. Join the MFA team as they take you through an interactive workshop that gives attendees the opportunity to create a strategy to successfully redevelop a contaminated property. Developed as a method of testing the effectiveness of the Washington Department of Ecology’s Community Guide to Brownfield Development, this ‘real world’ case study has been successfully used to inform NW environmental professionals in the many components of effective brownfield site redevelopment.

At the 2012 Oregon Brownfields Conference, attendees will have access to MFA team environmental scientists and land use planners, along with partner specialists in the fields of law, economics, and financing. MFA has developed a highly regarded reputation as experts in brownfields. With their unique array of in-house experts, MFA can draw on this strength to develop a comprehensive approach to each and every project. Their visionary foresight and years of experience bring together all the different components necessary for a successful brownfield site redevelopment.

Evans Paull, a recognized national leader on brownfields issues, and Executive Director of the National Brownfield Coalition, Washington DC, commented,”MFA are absolutely top notch, always extremely well prepared and organized. They have the skills and ability to add technical knowledge, site testing, clean up, project financials and policy issues.” For Paull, it is the well-rounded consultants that can offer services beyond the basic ones of site assessment and clean up, that are the ones to approach, and, “MFA ranks extremely highly.”

David Ripp, the Executive Director of the Port of Camas and Washougal, has worked with MFA on a brownfield site through an Integrated Planning Grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. It was very apparent to Ripp which consulting firm to use during the RFQ process. MFA stood out due to their, “brownfield experience throughout the state of Washington.” This exposure has led MFA to another key component and style of their work; perception. “They are not a huge firm,” remarked Ripp, “they are local; they connect with the communities and have the ability to understand what local communities are looking for. MFA provides a unique personal touch. They led the public outreach extremely well.”

During this two-hour workshop, planners will gain information and experience on the regulatory framework for contaminated site cleanup, creating a vision for adaptive re-use of derelict properties, financing property development, and managing risk. Participants will leave the session with the tools and practice to promote and lead successful brownfield revitalization projects in their own community.

Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. (MFA) is an integrated multidisciplinary professional services organization consulting in the areas of environmental science, engineering, planning, landscape architecture, GIS, and sustainability. MFA is a locally owned Pacific Northwest consulting firm established in Vancouver, Washington by Jim Maul, Tom Foster, and Neil Alongi.

MFA operates from offices in Vancouver, Seattle, and Bellingham, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and in Kellogg, Idaho.

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