2021 FBA/FRA Summer Series - From Rags to Riches II

WHEN: Thursday, July 8, 2021
WHERE: Palmetto, FL – The Woman’s Club of Palmetto
TIME: 10:00am – 5:30pm
COST: $25.00



Please join the Florida Brownfield Association (FBA) and the Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) for an in-person workshop to hear from municipalities that have successfully used incentives to turn blighted and contaminated properties into useable land. “From Rags to Riches II” is the second installment of our popular summer workshop series, “From Rags to Riches”. This collaborative workshop is open to anyone interested in learning about economic incentives available to transform Brownfield Projects into tax roll properties. Like last year, workshop attendees will learn from our panel of municipalities, developers, and environmental regulators, on how to access and leverage funding and resources from the state and federal government. 

Also included is a Lunch & Learn Session with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) on economic resources and the basics (Brownfield Area Designation, Brownfield Site Remediation Agreements (BSRA) and the Voluntary Cleanup Tax Credit (VCTC) Program, how they work, what is received, and timelines to submit). 

This is a hands-on event with practical information you cannot afford to miss!


Who Should Attend?

“From Rags to Riches II” is open to everyone, but developers and municipalities interested in economic incentives available for brownfield site assessment and remediation will find the practical information and specific project discussions helpful for their current and potential projects. 


The Venue

The City of Palmetto (City) and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) of Palmetto, have partnered to provide this in-person workshop located at:

The Woman's Club of Palmetto in Lamb Park
910 6th St., SW
Palmetto, FL 34221

In addition to providing the venue for the “From Rags to Riches II” Workshop, the City and the CRA will host two site tours of CRA projects and success stories. Transportation via air-conditioned bus will be provided. Stops along the tours include:

  • 5th St. Streetscape
  • Seahorse Piazza
  • Riverside Development  
  • Connor Park
  • Heartland Fertilizer Plant 



10:00 -10:30am

Welcome & Introduction
    • Jeff Burton, FRA President Elect South West Region
    • Melissa Schick, FBA President

10:30 - 11:30am

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Christian Wells, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida
Director, Center for Brownfields Research & Redevelopment 
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
President-elect, Florida Brownfields Association

11:30am -12:30pm

Site Tour #1
Site visit to Palmetto’s two redeveloped brownfield sites: Riverside Development, 5th Street Streetscape, Seahorse Piazza, and Connor Park 

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Lunch & Learn with EPA/FDEP
Welcome from City of Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant 
Presentations via Zoom (during lunch):
    • Cindy Nolan, EPA Acting Chief, Redevelopment & Chemicals Branch, Land, Chemicals & Redevelopment Division
    • Scott Sweeney, FDEP Government Analyst II / VCTC Program Manager, FDEP Waste Cleanup Program

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Miles Ballogg, Practice Group Leader | Director - Brownfields & Economic Development, Senior Principal – Brownfields, CARDNO
    • Dan Nedvidek, MS, P.G. Brownfield Program Manager, Pinellas County, Clearwater, FL
    • Jeff Burton, Director, Palmetto Florida Community Redevelopment Agency
    • Samia Singleton, Manager, Kissimmee Community Redevelopment Agency, Melbourne, FL

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Site Tour #2
Site visit to Palmetto’s third redeveloped brownfield site: Heartland Fertilizer Plant 

4:00 PM -5:30 PM



Raffle - “Meet & Greet” with Wynonna Judd

If you are local to the City of Palmetto, you are welcome to attend a free concert on Sunday, July 4, featuring Wynonna Judd to be held on the grounds adjacent to the Woman’s Club. Sign up to win an opportunity to “Meet & Greet” with Wynonna when you register to attend the "From Rags to Riches II" Workshop. Winners will be contacted before the event.



FBA and FRA would like to thank our sponsors for their support of the 2021 Summer Workshop – “Rags to Riches II.” Without their generous support, we would not be able to bring you this type of high-quality event. Please join us in showing them our appreciation by clicking on their logo to visit their websites.




More Information


Send all questions to [email protected] or call 850-666-2947.