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

Eastland Grand Ballroom, Main Level

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

LRA Directors Council (By Invitation)

Marsden Hartley Room, Mezzanine Level

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, Executive Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment
Authority and Director, ADC Board
Moderator: Jeffrey Donohoe, Principal, Jeffrey Donohoe Associates, LLC
Speakers:
• Renee Plummer, Vice President, Two International Group
• Curt Toll, Attorney, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
• Thomas Wright, President, TBW, LLC

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:
• Dan Brennan, Director, Maine State Housing Authority
• Randall Clarke, Director, Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority
• Chris Rhoades, President, Brunswick Landing Venture

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, Executive Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority
and Director, ADC Board

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

Lower Level Foyer

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Buffet Breakfast

Top of the East -15th Floor

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

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

Sara Orne Jewett Room, Mezzanine Level

8:15 a.m. – 9:30 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, Air Force Civil Engineer Center
  • Brian Goetz, Deputy Director, Public Works, City of Portsmouth, N.H.
  • Roger Walton, BRAC Environmental Coordinator for Pease, Air Force Civil Engineer Center

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
  • Craig Seymour, President & Managing Principal, RKG Associates, Inc.

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Networking Break

Networking Break

9:45 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 and Director, ADC Board

Speakers:

  • Iver McLeod, Project Manager, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
  • Greg Preston, Director, BRAC PMO East, Naval Facilities Engineering Command

 


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, Inc.

Speakers:

  • Russell DeSalvo, President and CEO, PuebloPlex, and Director, ADC Board
  • Mike Monteleone, Senior Vice President, Oasis Consulting Services
  • Scott Norton, Executive Director/CEO, TexAmericas Center

11:00 a.m.

Load Buses 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. A schedule and map will be provided on the bus.

(For instructions regarding driving personal vehicles to Brunswick Landing, please visit the registration desk.)

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Travel to/tour 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 (At Brunswick Landing)

Foreign Direct Investment Marketing

Brunswick 2 – Community Room

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 Authority
Speakers:
• Janine Bisaillon-Cary, President, Montserrat Group
• Don Cynewski, Director, Ducktrap River of Maine
• Jim Detert, Director-U.S. Manufacturing, Molnlycke Health Care


Bright Ideas for BRAC Sites- Energy Options to Support Redevelopment

Brunswick 1 – TechPlace Conference Room

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, Inc. and Director, ADC Board

Speakers:

  • Timothy Banach, Vice President, Development, GI Energy US
  • Steve Levesque, Executive Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority and Director, ADC Board
  • Steve Lichtin, Director of Business Development, Go Electric, Inc.

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Networking Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS (at Brunswick Landing)

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

Brunswick 1 – TechPlace Conference Room

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:

  • Ben Sturtevant, Marketing and Communications Manager, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority

Speakers:

• Greg Mitchell, Director of Economic Development, City of Portland, Maine
• Nate Wildes, Owner of Flight Deck Brewing at Brunswick Landing


On the MAP! Military Airport Program Benefits

Brunswick 2 – Community Room

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 McMahon, Airport Manager, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority

Speakers:

• Luke Garrison, Civil Engineer/Project Manager, Federal Aviation Administration – New
England Region, Airports Division
• Stacie Haskell, Aviation Planning & Programming Manager, Department of
Transportation, State of Maine
• Suzanne Sheppard, Senior Project Manager, Aviation, Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc.

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

(Transit time will be approximately 40 minutes.)

5:15 p.m.

Second Bus Departs to Hotel

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

(Transit time will be approximately 40 minutes.)

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

Rural and Industrial BRAC Sites & OEA Meeting

Sara Orne Jewett Room, Mezzanine Level

Invite Only Meeting.

7:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Registration

Lower Level Lobby

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Buffet Breakfast

Top of East – 15th Floor

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: Michael Houlemard, Executive Officer, Fort Ord Reuse Authority

Speakers:

  • Sam Sankar, Executive Director, The Environmental Council of States
  • Barry Steinberg, Partner, Kutak Rock, LLC

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:
• Linda Cruz-Carnall, Regional Director, U.S. Economic Development Administration
(Philadelphia Office)
• Deborah Johnson, Director, Office of Community Development, Maine Department of
Economic and Community Development

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:   

  • Christopher McLoon, Attorney, Drummond Woodsum
  • Kevin Peterson, Director of Economic Development, Community Development Finance Authority, State of New Hampshire

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: 

  • Antoinette Mancusi, Director, Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc.
  • Nancy Weed, Superintendent/Director, Region 10 Technical High School
  • Jim Whitten, Dean of Midcoast Campus and Workforce Development, Southern Maine
    Community College

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”).

Presentations

Register

ADC Member

$645

ADC Non-Member

$845

DOD/Federal

$115

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

Online Registration Is Now Closed.
You may register onsite at the prices listed above.

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