The base redevelopment track for the 2015 Defense Communities National Summit will include seven sessions covering the key challenges facing local redevelopment authorities, including property transfer, project management, financing, and environmental cleanup and insurance.
ADC is introducing a new format for the track this year that will place an emphasis on participation by Summit attendees. Rather than being organized around a panel of experts, each session will have one or two moderators who will facilitate presentations from invited guests as well as attendees. LRAs, DOD officials and consultants will be encouraged to come to the Summit ready to participate during any of the session topics.
The format is designed to be interactive, maximizing audience participation and encouraging a free-wheeling discussion about the pressing issues in base redevelopment. The new format will allow attendees to bring up questions and concerns about problems they are dealing with or introduce other emerging issues.
The base redevelopment track will cover:
- The state of base redevelopment — project directors and industry experts will discuss the progress made by communities to reuse closed bases and identify key challenges facing BRAC communities;
- Environmental issues — subject matter experts will discuss environmental insurance, UXO, emerging contaminants and funding sources;
- Property transfer and real estate management — representatives from each of the services will update attendees on progress made to date transferring property; also featured will be a discussion on the hurdles to successful redevelopment;
- Federal perspectives – federal officials will talk about programs that support base closure communities;
- Redefining redevelopment — LRAs and real estate experts will talk about new trends in real estate development, along with emerging challenges and opportunities for base reuse;
- Funding sources — LRAs, developers and industry leaders will discuss fundraising strategies;
- Public involvement — Experienced LRA directors and consultants will lead discussions on managing community expectations, obtaining the support of the public and private sector, maximizing public involvement and forming a board of directors.