LCEA Represented at National Brownfields Leadership Summit

LCEA’s Lauerman to Speak on Productive Reuse of Brownfield Sites

Merrillville, IN—Karen Lauerman, President and CEO of the Lake County IN Economic Alliance (LCEA) will speak at the National Brownfields Leadership Summit September 25th in Washington, DC. She will address the productive reuse of Brownfield sites, economic development process and programs as part of a Roundtable discussion focused on creating the optimal conditions for reinvestment.

“One of LCEA’s key responsibilities is to identify developable sites across the Lake County, Indiana. One way is to assist in repurposing abandoned or vacant commercial and industrial properties to assets that benefit the community, create jobs and generate new tax revenues,” said Lauerman. “The stories of former industrial sites, like the 456-acre site in final remediation which will provide 284 acres for development and 172-acre protected natural area, are perfect case studies while layering in a variety of incentives and programs to create opportunities.”

This summit brings together top leaders from across the redevelopment industry in private, public and non-profit sectors with key decision makers to discuss the latest in redevelopment policies, programs, and funding opportunities. In addition, Lauerman plans to meet key leaders of the Administration and Congress while learning about implementation of the new brownfields law (BUILD Act of 2018) and the benefits of Opportunity Zones.

“I am pleased LCEA is part of the discussions surrounding federal funding opportunities and participating with the EPA, HUD, Department of Transportation, Economic Development Administration, and Department of Agriculture. More importantly, this conference puts Lake County in front of top development firms and individual companies to attract jobs and investment to our area.”

The Center for Creative Land Recycling, the leading national nonprofit dedicated to transforming communities through land recycling, will host the conference.

About Lake County IN Economic Alliance (LCEA) Established in 2013, LCEA is an independent 501c3 non-profit, non-partisan economic development organization for Lake County, Indiana and its 18 communities, collaborating with established municipal programs and filling a much-needed role in those without. LCEA’s mission is to drive job creation and capital investment through expert services to site selectors, companies and communities, attracting new and retaining existing businesses, facilitating the economic development process and identifying available properties and developable sites. Visit for more information.