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On September 24, President Preckwinkle kicked off the opening session of Economic Revitalization through Brownfields, organized by the Cook County Department of Environmental Control and KSU TAB (Kansas State University – Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program) and hosted by Triton College. The purpose of the workshop was to help communities gain a greater understanding of Brownfield revitalization, what it is, and how to make it part of an economic development strategy. Topics covered included characteristics of a successful brownfield cleanup and redevelopment, grant and technical assistance resources available from federal, state and county entities, and success stories from suburban Cook County, the importance of community-based planning and job opportunities presented by brownfields redevelopment.
Other speakers included representatives from the KSU TAB (Kansas State University – Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program), Deborah Stone, Cook County Chief Sustainability Officer and Federal and State representatives. Senior staff from Cook County’s Bureau of Administration and Bureau of Economic Development were on hand to present resources available to local communities from their offices. Attendees were encouraged to take the information back to their respective communities in order to determine ways in which a greater understanding of Brownfield revitalization will aid their economic growth strategy.
A Message from the President
I believe that Cook County should be a world-class model of sustainability. We are working not only to boost sustainability practices throughout County government, but also to join forces with local governments, nonprofits and business, to accomplish more than we could separately in making each of Cook County’s communities sustainable. To further this work, I appointed Deborah Stone as the County’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, and as Director of the Department of Environmental Control. I also recognize that Cook County needs to share ideas and collaborate with a diverse group of community leaders and sustainability experts. In March 2012, I appointed the Cook County Sustainability Advisory Council to help lift our vision higher and give us access to best practices. You can meet the Council members and read more about their mission in the “Advisory Council” section of this website. Toni Preckwinkle,Cook County Board President
What is Sustainability?
" Ensuring that there is enough for today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."Deborah StoneChief Sustainability Officer, Cook County Government
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