Sabine, I wanted to thank you for your assistance in reviewing our brownfield grants and hosting a grant writing workshop in Madison. I found both forms of assistance invaluable. As you may know, Madison was successful in all 3 grants! Brynn Bemis, City of Madison
The Village of Paw Paw, Michigan benefited from the EPA's Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) program. While the TAB program design works, what really made our experience and our outcomes so successful was the expertise and manner of Dr. Sabine Martin. This was not a boilerplate form stamped on one community after another. It was a customized and unique approach to our community. What made it so was Dr. Martin's easy-going style which engaged our residents and businesses at a high level. Simply put, Dr. Martin knew what she was doing and got results. The proof could be seen in the wrap-up session which presented concepts for the future. Many times these sessions are anti-climatic. Ours was not. The interest and anticipation was higher than the initial session. The session did not disappoint. Again, thanks to Dr. Martin. Paw Paw remains excited and eager to pursue our next steps. Larry Nielsen, Manager, Village of Paw Paw, Michigan, 269-657-3148
Sabine Martin is a knowledgeable, hard working source of wonderful information. She has been faithful in helping the Stella community for the past several years. She has always been there for guidance and assistance. Her information on many issues has been and will be used in developing our community. She surely takes interests in your projects as though they were her own! Chuck and Doris Dalbom, Stella, Missouri
My name is Kevin Dennis, and I am project Director for the Field of Hope Community Campus in Vinton, Ohio. The FOHCC was awarded a $200,000 Brownfield cleanup grant in 2012, and Sabine Martin was an important player in our success. She helped guide us through the grant writing by providing the TABEZ spreadsheet that broke down all the complicated pieces into a format that we could work with. Tabez also puts it all together for you. I don’t believe I could have met the timetable for grant submittal if not for Sabine and the TABEZ process.
Community support is integral to any successful grant and cleanup project. It is particularly important to the FOHCC because our vision for a community center includes a residential rehabilitation facility for folks caught up in alcohol/substance abuse. We have had some community events, but the community meeting Sabine helped us organize prior to the grant submittal was by far the best attended and most responsive. Sabine guided us on the invitation list, setting, and meeting order. We began with a guided tour of the FOHCC grounds, smoked barbecue dinner, information session by Sabine about the Brownfield grant process, then a brainstorming session about potential uses and outreaches of the FOHCC.
Small group response was excellent, and great ideas surfaced that we had not considered. Sabine helped pull responses together and organize them for efficient review later. She had a great rapport with the community members present, and I believe that they felt their voices were heard. I would highly recommend Sabine to help in this important piece of the grant process as well as other pieces as noted above. Kevin Dennis, FOHCC Project Director, Vinton, Ohio, 740-794-1027
The Leelanau County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (LCBRA) had the opportunity to work with the EPA’s Technical Assistance to Brownfield Communities (TAB program) in 2009, and in particular – with Dr. Sabine Martin. Dr. Martin assisted the LCBRA with organization, preparation, and presenting three (3) visioning sessions for a former Resort and ski properties covering more than 450 acres in two townships within the county. Public response to these visioning sessions was incredible and they were filled to capacity. Dr. Martin led the sessions as well as the follow-up public meeting to release the results and renderings of a proposed new project for the site, which has stimulated increased interest and community involvement in this brownfield site.
In addition, Dr. Martin has assisted Leelanau by providing review and recommendations on grant applications, and additional presentations for public outreach. Her involvement and assistance with Leelanau’s programs has been invaluable and is one of the main reasons these programs and projects have been so successful. Additional information on the visioning sessions can be found online at: http://www.leelanau.cc/sugarloaf.asp Trudy Galla, Planning Director & Director of the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Leelanau County, Michigan
After applying for a grant with the Brownfield Program, it was not until I attended a workshop and met the speaker, Dr. Sabine Martin that our project started moving forward. With her suggestions, guidance, and professional expertise we were able to see positive results to our downtown. Dr. Martin was very instrumental to our success on this project. We look forward to working with her again on future projects. Karen Platter, Clerk, City of Russellville, Missouri