Phoenix Award Winner for Ranson Redevelopment Project

Phoenix AwardGaito & Associates, LLC is part of a Ranson Redevelopment project team that has received national recognition for brownfield redevelopment excellence.  The team has been named a Phoenix Award Winner for their project in Ranson, West Virginia   (  The Phoenix Award is presented to brownfield redevelopment projects that have incorporated innovative solutions and a high level of public/private partnerships and that result in significant positive impacts to both the economy and the environmental conditions in that community.  The Phoenix Award will be presented to the Ranson Redevelopment team at the EPA National Brownfield Conference in Atlanta, GA on May 17, 2013.

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Gaito to Present at EPA’s National Brownfields Conference

Jill Gaito has been selected to present at the 2013 Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in May 2013.  The success of EPA’s areawide planning program will be the featured topic of presentation.

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Gaito & Associates, LLC Certified by PennDOT as a DBE

Gaito & Associates, LLC has successfully completed the certification process required for classification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) under the PA Unified Certification Program (PAUCP).  In March of 1999, the United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) issued a new Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) regulation, 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 26. This regulation requires all Pennsylvania agencies receiving U.S. DOT funding to band together and develop/implement/maintain a Unified Certification Program (UCP) to ensure “one stop shopping” for DBE certification.  DBE certification provides Gaito & Associates with a valuable teaming qualification for larger firms looking to satisfy DBE set-aside requirements for projects receiving federal funding.

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Jill Gaito to Present on Area-wide Planning Strategies at the PA Brownfields Conference

Jill Gaito has been selected as presenter at the 2012 Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference.  The area-wide planning project for the Borough of Monaca will be the featured topic of presentation.  The conference, “Marketplace Meets Brownfields,” will be held October 29-31 at the Doubletree Hotel in Monroeville, located in the greater Pittsburgh area. The conference will highlight current redevelopment topics, including the Extreme Makeover competition; mobile workshops; a video showcase of success stories; technical updates on market trends and treatment options; and a tiered track of courses that will provide continuing education credits for economic development agency personnel, local governments, planners, real estate professionals and engineering professionals.  PA Brownfields Conference Website:

Gaito & Associates Launches New Website

Gaito & Associates launched their newly revamped website this week. Blue Pixels Media designed and implemented the custom WordPress site.

Appointment to PADEP’s Cleanup Standards Scientific Advisory Board

Jill Gaito has been appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Honorable Sam Smith, to serve on an Advisory Board for the Land Recycling Program at the PA Department of Environmental Protection.  Ms. Jill Gaito has been appointed by the Speaker to serve a four-year term on the Cleanup Standards Scientific Advisory Board.

The Cleanup Standards Scientific Advisory Board consists of 13 members for the purpose of assisting the Department and the Environmental Quality Board in developing Statewide health standards, determining the appropriate statistically and scientifically valid procedures to be used, determining the appropriate risk factors and providing other technical and scientific advice as needed to implement the provisions of the Land Recycling Program.

Chapter Published in American Bar Association Book on Institutional Controls

Jill Gaito is a contributing author to the recently released ABA publication entitled Implementing Institutional Controls at Brownfields and Other Contaminated Sites.   This second edition of Implementing Institutional Controls at Brownfields and Other Contaminated Sites examines the substantial strides that have been made over the past decade to improve regulators’ and practitioners’ awareness and understanding of institutional control issues. In particular, nearly half the states have now adopted the Uniform Environmental Covenants Act (UECA) since its promulgation as a model state law in 2003.  Ms. Gaito authored the chapter describing the implementation of institutional controls at sites in Pennsylvania.