A major challenge for many communities is the revitalization of the downtown area and other parts of the city. One daunting task of redevelopment is to understand the property's environmental issues. Older buildings often have lead-based-paint and asbestos-based building materials or insulation. Depending on the businesses that have been located in those buildings or on vacant lots, there may be a variety of petroleum, chemicals and other hazardous substance contamination.

Fortunately, Missouri has some excellent assistance programs to address environmental investigation and, if needed, contamination cleanup. The Missouri Brownfields Conference provides the information and contacts that will allow you to pursue your community revitalization vision with confidence.  The Missouri Brownfields Conference is designed to assist local and regional government officials, not-for-profit economic and community development organizations, and anyone else interested in learning more about Brownfields. Community members are invited and encouraged to attend. We would like to assist your community and your efforts in economic improvement and revitalization of under-used or vacant properties.

The Missouri Brownfields Conference is held each year in mid-July, in conjunction with the Missouri Waste Control Coalition’s (MWCC) Environmental Conference, at the Margaritaville Lake Resort (formerly Tan-Tar-A Resort) in Osage Beach. The conference offers a variety of session topics which provide an overview and help bring about an understanding of Brownfields. Regular topics include defining brownfields, understanding how to find them and what you should do about them. At least one session each year also provides new information about the variety of resources that are available to owners, developers and communities to assess, cleanup and redevelop brownfields. The conference also highlights outcomes and accomplishments of communities that have redeveloped Brownfields. Past conferences have provided tips for consultants that work with the department's Brownfields/ Voluntary Cleanup Program staff.

2021 Missouri Brownfields Conference

Logo for the 2021 MWCC Environmental Conference "Now Entering the Twilight Zone of Waste Control"

Mark your calendars! The 2021 Missouri Brownfields Conference will be held Monday, July 12, 2021, in conjunction with the Missouri Waste Control Coalition’s (MWCC) Environmental Conference being held July 11-13. 

Scholarships for the one-day Brownfields Conference may be available for local, state and federal governments, regional planning commissions and certain not-for-profit entities. For those traveling long distances, a hotel room may be also included in the scholarship, depending upon availability. The scholarship also includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments and access to the MWCC conference exhibit Hall. To request a scholarship, please complete a Missouri Brownfields Conference Request for Scholarship form.

If you do not fit the scholarship criteria above, you may register for the MWCC conference and attend the Monday Brownfields breakout sessions. For more information about the Brownfields Conference and any available scholarships, please contact the department’s Brownfields/ Voluntary Cleanup Program by telephone at 800-361-4827 or 573-526-8913 or by email at MissouriBrownfields@dnr.mo.gov.