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Natural Resources & Environment Shared Interest Group - We Are Here to Help!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Keith Ziobron
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Environmental factors heavily influence almost every site/industrial development project, from redeveloping a Brownfield along the river or stream in your city’s downtown, or permitting a new factory or expansion project in your industrial park.  The Georgia Economic Developer’s Association (GEDA) established the Natural Resources & Environment Shared Interest Group (NR&E SIG) a number of years ago to provide a resource for GEDA membership regarding the environmental factors that impact, or in some instances, govern, economic development in Georgia. 


During the 2015 Board Retreat held last fall, the following three goals/objectives were established for the SIG for 2016: 

1.       Develop Spring Workshop panel on the environmental aspects of the Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) Sites Program

2.       Follow issues relevant to GEDA membership and provide guest articles for the GEDA newsletter at least 4-6 times during the year

3.       Continue to serve as resource to members with respect to environmental issues

The group continually works toward Goal 3.  Relative to Goal 2, this introductory piece is the first in a series of articles that will be published in the GEDA Newsletter and sets the stage for future technical offerings, which may include, but not necessarily be limited to:

§  EPA Brownfield Grants

§  Georgia’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) and Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP)

§  Waters of the US Regulation/Policy

§  Water Resource Restrictions/Permitting

§  Clean Energy

§  Building-related  Environmental Issues (asbestos, lead paint, mold, guano)

§  Environmental Due Diligence/All Appropriate Inquiry

§  Impacts from the Clean Power Plan

§  Storm Water Control

We will be sending a survey to GEDA membership in the coming weeks to prioritize these topics and obtain additional input regarding the general direction of the group.


As for Goal 1, the NR&E SIG recently received word from the Spring Workshop planning committee that a GRAD panel led by members of the NR&E SIG will be included on the agenda for the event.  The session will cover:

§  Overview of GRAD Program

§  Certification Criteria with emphasis on environmental/natural resources requirements

§  Environmental/GRAD Recertification Requirements

The panel will likely include:

§  A moderator

§  A representative from the Georgia Department of Economic Development          

§  A local economic development professional

§  An environmental consultant, and

§  An attorney         

The session specifics will be provided in the agenda for the event. 


If you have any questions at all regarding this article or the NR&E SIG in general, do not hesitate to contact me at .

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