Poster: IA Reuse Readiness Tool
The Eastern Central Intergovernmental Agency (ECIA) serves a five-county area in Iowa characterized by farming communities and small industrial hubs. These towns can range in size from fewer than 100 residents to nearly 58,000, and the opportunities and challenges posed by brownfields in this area are likewise varied. However, regardless of community size, brownfield revitalization can yield important benefits for the economic, social, and physical health of a community. In fact, the smaller the town, the higher the proportion of residents within it who may be impacted by a derelict and potentially contaminated site.
The IA Reuse Readiness Tool was developed by graduate students in the University of Iowa’s School of Urban and Regional Planning to assist ECIA and the communities it serves in identifying and prioritizing brownfield sites. Recognizing that community engagement becomes all the more critical to the process where there is limited staff and technical resources, the tool was designed to be user-friendly and versatile. The scoring system allows for community and regional priorities to be factored into the assessment process and helps identify which sites should receive Phase I and II testing to facilitate redevelopment.
, Region 1 Planning Council / Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Confirmed SpeakerJay Fieser is the Economic Development Planner for the Region 1 Planning Council, the regional planning body serving the Rockford, IL MSA and surrounding counties. His work is varied and includes planning topics he is very passionate about, including workforce development, affordable housing finance, and infill development.
, Iowa City
Confirmed SpeakerRobby Caudill graduated with a BA in Geography from the University of Tennessee in 2012. After a few years of working in software development and other tech-related jobs, he entered into the Urban & Regional Planning program at the University of Iowa. His main interests are planning for vehicular automation and mitigating the environmental impacts of urban landscapes.
Confirmed SpeakerSarah J. Gardner is a practicing planner with the Bi-State Regional Planning Commission, which serves a five county area in Illinois and Iowa. She holds a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa with dual concentrations in land use and environment planning as well as transportation planning. Sarah comes to the field from a previous career in journalism, in which she ran a regional publication with an estimated circulation of 52,000 readers and an editorial focus on Midwestern sustainability initiatives, local foods, and building resilient communities.
, Iowa City
Confirmed SpeakerLiwen Liu is a graduate student in urban planning at the University of Iowa.