Conference to push Route 66 redevelopment

KINGMAN - Kingman will host a conference to explore economic redevelopment opportunities for contaminated properties in all northern Arizona communities along historic Route 66.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the city of Kingman, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Mohave County are sponsoring the event.

"This conference will address opportunities for economic redevelopment along Route 66 and the availability of state and federal funds to clean up the contamination that is keeping many properties from being put to good use," ADEQ Director Steve Owens said.

The conference is an outgrowth of the "Route 66 Initiative" ADEQ has been conducting to clean up abandoned underground storage tank sites along the famous stretch of highway, Owens said.

"We have targeted resources along Route 66 to clean up contaminated properties and help communities put them back into productive use," he said. "We want to help these communities as much as we can."

ADEQ is encouraging Realtors, title agencies, builders, developers, bankers, engineers, consultants, historical societies, civic organizations, small business owners and land owners along Route 66 to attend. The conference is free, but registration is required. E-mail the name, title and organization to communications@azdeq.gov

The conference will be held at the Powerhouse Visitor Center, 120 W. Andy Devine Ave., on April 15. Call Matt Capalby at (928) 773-2718 for more details.