2018 Base Redevelopment Forum | October 8-10, 2018 | Portland, ME

Join Us October 8-10

About

The Association of Defense Communities is bringing its Base Redevelopment Forum back to its roots. First held in Portland, Maine in 2013, this Forum has become the nation’s leading conference addressing the issues, challenges and opportunities associated with the reuse and redevelopment of former and realigned military installations. Our focus is beyond BRAC; it is about advancing economic revitalization through community-driven redevelopment. 

 

Agenda

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

Eastland Grand Ballroom, Main Level

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

LRA Directors Council

Marsden Hartley Room, Mezzanine Level

Invite only.

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

OPENING GENERAL SESSION

Deal Makers/Deal Breakers: The Developers’ Perspective

Eastland Grand Ballroom, Main Level

Is the real estate adage of location, location, location the most important factor when it comes to redevelopment of BRAC sites? Other factors and influences such as market cycles, deed restrictions, environmental issues and permitting requirements, and timelines more often dictate the development community’s interests. This engaging session will explore what makes or breaks a deal from the developer’s perspective.

Introduction: 

Steve Levesque, ADC Board Member, Executive Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority

Moderator:

Jeffrey Donohoe, Principal, Jeffrey Donohoe Associates, LLC

Speakers:

Jim Howard, President, Priority Group

Dan Plummer, President, Two International Group

Renee Plummer, Vice President, Two International Group

Curt Toll, Attorney, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Networking Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION

Affordable/Workforce Housing Roundtable

Eastland Grand Ballroom, Main Level

Affordable and workforce housing has become a critical issue for many communities directly impacting a region’s ability to attract, recruit and maintain a viable workforce. The issue is complex as it stems from both an inadequate housing supply and limited growth in the incomes of moderate- and middle-income households, adding up to an acute lack of affordable housing for many people. This roundtable will explore the issues and challenges associated with development of affordable and workforce housing and identify how some communities are addressing this critical problem.

Moderator:

Brian Hooker, Executive Director, Fort Mac LRA

Speakers:

Kevin Bunker, Principal, Developers Collaborative

Chris Rhoads, President, Brunswick Landing Ventures

Randall Clarke, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development, District of Columbia

 

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

2018 BRF Kick Off & Opening Remarks

Eastland Grand Ballroom, Main Level

Introduction:

Mike Cooper, ADC Past President and Chairman, Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission

Speaker:

Steve Levesque, ADC Board Member, Executive Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Eastland Grand Ballroom Foyer, Main Level

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

Lower Level Foyer

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Buffet Breakfast

Lower Level Foyer

7:15 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.

Special Subcommittee: BRAC Sites that Didn't Get QOZ Designation

Sara Orne Jewett Room, Mezzanine Level

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Air Force Perspective on BRAC Sites Impacted by PFOA/PFOS – Former Pease AFB Case Study

Longfellow Room, Lower Level

PFOS and PFOA are components of aqueous film forming foam the Air Force began using in the 1970s as a firefighting agent to extinguish petroleum fires. In 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency established health advisory levels in drinking water of 70 parts per trillion for PFOA and PFOS. Since 2014 the Air Force has conducted extensive investigative work and mitigation actions, guided by CERCLA, applicable state laws and EPA’s health advisory levels. This session will feature a discussion of key Air Force representatives about the impact of PFOA/PFOS contamination at BRAC sites. The session will highlight the Air Force’s response to drinking water contamination at the former Pease AFB, N.H., where more than $43 million is being spent to address the issue. The Air Force’s actions, including a close collaboration with the community, have helped it make great strides to ensure safe drinking water. Hurdles remain, however, and questions linger about the long-term impacts on public health and the environment. Speakers also will provide lessons learned for other communities facing this problem.

Introduction:

Mike Cooper, ADC Past President and Chairman, Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission

Moderator/Speaker:

Stephen TerMaath, Chief, BRAC Program Management Division, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Installations Directorate

Speakers:

Linda Geissinger, Public Affairs Specialist, BRAC Program Execution

Brian Goetz, Deputy Director, Public Works, City of Portsmouth, N.H.

Roger Walton, BRAC Environmental Coordinator for Pease


Financial Tools in the Tool Box 

Rines A, Main Level

Can you stack tax credits? How do you leverage local match funds? What are the limits of new market tax credits? Is TIFF only for new development? How do conventional financing mechanisms interact with opportunity zone funds? These and other questions will be addressed in this primer on financial tools that can be used to support redevelopment of BRAC sites.

Moderator:

Michael Houlemard, Executive Officer, Fort Ord Reuse Authority

Speakers:

Christopher Moriarty, Managing Director Public Finance Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc.

Craig Seymour, Managing Principal, RKG

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Networking Break

Networking Break

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Navy Perspective on BRAC Sites Impacted by PFOA/PFOS – Former NAS Brunswick Case Study

Longfellow Room, Lower Level

Hear from the Navy Program Management Office on how they have dealt with PFOA/PFOS contamination at BRAC sites and the challenges associated with addressing these issues without established EPA standards. Speakers will highlight sites where the Navy has worked with LRAs to develop workable solutions and explore what is needed for all stakeholders to come to agreement. The session will feature a case study of the PFOA/PFOS issues at former Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine, including impacts to redevelopment, the process employed to address these issues and the solution that is now being implemented.

Introduction:

Mike Cooper, ADC Past President and Chairman, Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission

Moderator:

Steve Levesque, Executive Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority

Speakers:

Greg Preston, Director, BRAC PMO East, NAVFAC

Maine Department of Environmental Protection (invited)

Consultant to Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (invited)


Mega Parks, Logistics Centers, Technology Campuses – Innovative Reuse and Marketing of Industrial BRAC Sites

Rines A, Main Level

Rural and industrial bases, including former depots, supply centers and ammunition plants, have a unique set of challenges that must be addressed for successful reuse. This session will highlight the difficulties, approaches and successes associated with the redevelopment of rural and industrial installations. Panelists will address innovative and adaptive reuse of facilities, the use of natural resources as a facility amenity and marketing asset, infrastructure upgrades and essential requirements to support anchor tenants, and approaches to attract corporations to rural locations.

Moderator:     

Dan Schnepf, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Matrix Design Group

Speakers:

Russell DeSalvo, President and CEO, PuebloPlex

Scott Norton, Executive Director/CEO, TexAmericas Center

Mike Monteleone, Senior Vice President, Oasis Consulting Services (former Fort Gillem)

11:00 a.m.

Buses depart for Brunswick Landing (Former Naval Air Station Brunswick)

Buses will load at the Main Entrance of the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel: 157 High Street, Portland, ME 04101

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Travel to and Tour of Brunswick Landing

Buses will offload at TechPlace, 74 Orion St, Brunswick, ME 04011

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Wicked Good Lobstah Bake Lunch

Flight Deck Brewing, 11 Atlantic Ave., Brunswick, ME 04011

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Foreign Direct Investment Marketing

First-quarter 2018 foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States was estimated at $58 billion, with full-year 2017 FDI reaching $292 billion. FDI, sometimes called cross border investment, is an investment in the form of a controlling ownership in a business made by an entity based in another country. This unique session will provide an overview and examples of FDI and discuss how to attract this type of investment.

Moderator:

Kristine Logan, Business Development Manager, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment

Speaker:

Janine Bisaillon-Cary, President, Montserrat Group

Don Cynewski, Director, Ducktrap River of Maine

Jim Detert, Business Development Director, Molnlycke Health Care (Invited)


Bright Ideas for BRAC Sites- Energy Options to Support Redevelopment

This session will explore the requirements, regulatory hurdles and potential benefits associated with developing energy islanding and renewable energy projects at BRAC sites. Industry experts will explain the basics of energy islanding and identify elements needed to ensure renewable energy projects are successful. The panel will highlight the energy program at Brunswick Landing, which will lead to an engaging Q&A session.

Moderator:

Celeste Warner, Vice President, Matrix Design Group/ADC Board Member

Speakers:

Steve Levesque, Executive Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority

Timothy Banach, Vice President, Development, GI Energy US

State Energy Regulator from PUC (invited)

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Networking Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Brewery on Base: A New Perspective on Adaptive and Successful Reuse

Is the latest trend for successful military base reuse locating a microbrewery on your site? Can the presence of renewable energy sources and microgrids affect a company’s location choices? What are the design amenities that need to be incorporated to attract millennial companies? All of these questions and more will be addressed in an interactive session discussing adaptive reuse concepts and design considerations.

Moderator:

Representative from MRRA

Speakers:

Dr. Lucille Benedict, Associate Professor, University of Southern Maine (invited)

Nate Wildes, Owner of Flight Deck Brewing at Brunswick Landing

Greg Mitchell, Director of Economic Development, City of Portland, Maine.


On the MAP! Military Airport Program Benefits

The Military Airport Program (MAP) is a grant set-aside from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program allowing the agency to award grants to the civilian sponsor of a military airfield for the development of aviation facilities for the public. The program also assists new sponsors in converting former military airfields to public use to add system capacity and reduce congestion at existing airports experiencing significant delays. The session will provide a detailed and interactive discussion on the benefits and requirements associated with participating in MAP.

Moderator:

Marty McMann, MRRA Airport Manager

Speakers:

Luke Garrison, Project Manager, FAA New England Region

Stacie Haskell, Aviation Planning and Programming Manager at Maine Department of Transportation (DOT)

Suzanne Sheppard, P.E., Project Manager, Hoyle, Tanner & Associates

3:45 p.m.

Buses/Guided Walk Depart for Flight Deck Brewing Company

Flight Deck Brewing, 11 Atlantic Ave., Brunswick, ME 04011

Click for an interactive version of the map below.

Legend:
A: Flight Deck Brewing at 11 Atlantic Ave, Brunswick, ME 04011
B: Classroom at TechPlace: 74 Orion Street, Brunswick, ME 04011
C: Community Room at 8 Venture Avenue, Brunswick, ME 04011

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Networking Reception at Flight Deck Brewing Company

Flight Deck Brewing, 11 Atlantic Ave., Brunswick, ME 04011

4:45 p.m.

First Bus Departs to Hotel

Bus will depart from Flight Deck Brewing, 11 Atlantic Ave., Brunswick, ME 04011

5:15 p.m.

Second Bus Departs to Hotel

Bus will depart from Flight Deck Brewing, 11 Atlantic Ave., Brunswick, ME 04011

7:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Registration Open

Lower Level Foyer

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Buffet Breakfast

Lower Level Foyer

7:00 a.m. -8:00 a.m.

Rural and Realigned BRAC Sites & OEA Meeting

Sara Orne Jewett Room

Invite Only Meeting.

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Community Roundtable on PFOA/PFOS

Longfellow, Lower Level

This roundtable discussion will provide an opportunity for affected LRAs to come together and discuss the issues and challenges associated with PFOA/PFOS contamination. Speakers will explore the unintended consequences of historical use of PFOA/PFOS with respect to redevelopment and land transfer, and will discuss options that LRAs can consider to move forward despite the lack of a regulatory cleanup standard for the contaminants.

Introduction:

Mike Cooper, ADC Past President and Chairman, Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission

Moderator:

Kristie Reimer, Executive Director ADC LRA Directors Council

Speakers:

Barry Steinberg, Partner, Kutak Rock

Sam Sankar, Executive Director, ECOS


Financing  Infrastructure

Rines A, Main Level

Redevelopment authorities play a key role in funding, operating and maintaining infrastructure at former military facilities.  The infrastructure typically is antiquated and in need of maintenance or modernization. Financing the needed expansions, upgrades and repairs often is a redevelopment authority’s most difficult challenge. To bridge the financing gaps, redevelopment authorities have turned to creative ways of financing public infrastructure investments. This session will explore the range of infrastructure financing mechanisms currently in use, recent innovations, and provide examples of the newest options. The session will encourage the audience to share their innovations and discuss the challenges they encountered implementing these alternatives.

Moderator:

Jeff Jordan, Deputy Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority

Speaker:

Jeffrey Jordan, Deputy Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority

Linda Cruz Carnell, Regional Director of the Economic Development Administration (Philadelphia Office)

Deborah Johnson, Maine Department of Economic and Community Development

William Armitage, Executive Director, Biddeford-Saco Economic Development Corporation (invited)

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Networking Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Opportunity Zones: Next Steps after QOZ Designation

Longfellow, Lower Level

The final designations for Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) status were announced in June. Now we are seeing OZ funds being established which could lead to the creation of billions of new investment dollars for underserved communities across the United States. What opportunities are created by becoming a QOZ and what do LRAs need to know? This engaging panel will provide an update to the program and discuss how to attract investors.

Moderator:      

Scott Norton, Executive Director/CEO, TexAmericas Center

Speaker:   

Kevin Peterson, Director of Economic Development, Community Development Finance Authority, State of New Hampshire

Joan Fortin, Esq., Berstein Shur Sawyer and Nelson, Portland, Maine


Workforce Development

Rines A, Main Level

One of the most pressing challenges triggered by the growth of the global economy is the national and global shortage of skilled workers. With redevelopment success tied to attracting successful, growing companies, the need to have a talented and available workforce is critical. The state of Maine has developed a variety of initiatives to address workforce challenges, including Maine Quality Centers, CDBD grants for workforce development, and apprenticeship and regional programs. This session will explore several workforce programs and discuss how they are being implemented to attract companies that can be cornerstones of successful redevelopment.

Moderator:

Kristine Logan, Business Development Manager, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority

Speakers: 

Jim Whitten, Special Projects Manager, Southern Maine Community College

Antoinette Mancusi, Director, Coastal Counties Workforce Inc. (Invited)

Nancy Weed, Superintendent/Director, Region 10 Technical High School

12:00 p.m.

Conference Ends

Location

Westin Portland Harborview
157 High Street
Portland, ME 04101

Book your room

The Westin Portland Harborview, previously known as The Eastland Park Hotel, opened it’s doors in 1927 as the largest hotel in New England. From famous dignitaries to rock ‘n roll celebrities, the Westin has played host to many fascinating people and events, including this year’s Base Redevelopment Forum.

ADC’s block of rooms is now closed, but rooms are still available at the Westin at prevailing market rates. Please see the hotel’s website for more information.

(If you call the Westin to book your room reference the “ADC BRF Hotel Block of Rooms”).

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ADC Member

$545

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ADC Non-Member

$745

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DOD/Federal

$115

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Applies to only DOD Personnel attending in an official capacity. Please register with your .mil email.

Early Bird registration will end Friday, September 21st.
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