Event Details

AEDCE is pleased to offer an Environmental Training workshop on June 22nd (in-person) organized specifically for the economic development/chamber professional. Presented in conjunction with ECCI, Crafton Tull, and FTN Associates, this workshop will include sessions on:

  • General Environmental Considerations and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs)
  • Brownfields
  • Phase II ESAs
  • Wetlands and Endangered and Threatened Species
  • Air Permitting and Construction StormwaterPollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP)
  • Stormwater/Hazardous Waste/Wastewater

Registration is now open and the cost is only $25 for AEDCE members and $50 for nonmembers.


9:30 AM - 10 AM
Registration & Arrival
10 AM - 10:15 AM
Welcome & Introductions
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
General Environmental Considerations (Speaker Roundtable)
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Phase I ESAs, Brownfields, and Phase II ESAs
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Wetlands & Endangered and Threatened Species
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 1 PM
Air Permitting and Construction SWPPP
1 PM - 1:30 PM
Stormwater/Hazardous Waste/Wastewater
1:30 PM - 2 PM


  • Mark Koch (Vice President & Senior Project Manager at FTN Associates Ltd.)

    Mark Koch

    Vice President & Senior Project Manager at FTN Associates Ltd.


    Mark Koch is currently Vice President and Senior Project Manager with FTN Associates, Ltd. in the Little Rock, Arkansas Corporate office. As such, he manages clients, large consulting projects, assists with business development, as well as other corporate responsibilities. Prior to joining FTN in 2003, Mr. Koch worked for Genesis Environmental Consulting and Law Engineering, Inc.

    Mr. Koch is a graduate of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. Mr. Koch has over 28 years of environmental consulting experience in the areas of solid and hazardous waste management, air emissions estimating and permitting, facility compliance auditing, site remediation, ASTM site assessments, and Brownfield redevelopment projects.

    Mr. Koch has extensive experience in performing site assessments and other due diligence work in connection with real estate property transfers. Work in this area includes managing projects for the Department of Environmental Quality Brownfields program as well as the Pulaski County Brownfields program. Additional service areas include in compliance issues for industrial facilities, hazardous waste management, reporting, and planning. Mr. Koch also assists in compliance issues for solid waste disposal facilities including compliance with the New Source Performance Standards for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills, landfill gas migration, operation and maintenance of LFG collection and control systems, and landfill gas-to-energy projects.

    Mr. Koch has been the President of the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Arkansas Chapter.

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  • Julie McCallister (President at ECCI)

    Julie McCallister

    President at ECCI


    Ms. McCallister has almost twenty years of managing multiple clients across Arkansas and the surrounding states. Julie has provided technical and comprehensive solutions to various types of industrial clients. She brings fresh ideas and current regulatory knowledge to help provide cost-effective and sustainable solutions to complex projects. Ms. McCallister understands the importance of problem solving and supporting the ultimate goals of the client, while managing project schedules and budgets. In 2020, Ms. McCallister was named as an Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 Honoree.

    Ms. McCallister brings fresh ideas and current environmental science knowledge to ECCI. She is a critical thinker and strong leader with effective people-management, communication, and negotiation skills. She delivers quality work and builds relationships with clients and state agencies, as well as marketing to new clients. Ms. McCallister is provided challenging project responsibilities, and has demonstrated an ability to redefine project approaches to be more efficient and effective.

    Ms. McCallister has years of experience with systems at industrial and manufacturing facilities includes preparation of annual hazardous waste reports, air permit recordkeeping systems and spreadsheets, EPA Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reports, and other compliance-related recordkeeping system and incident documentation. Ms. McCallister also has experience in the real estate appraisal and building inspection area. That process experience has been beneficial and allowed lessons learned from those projects to be applied to investigations and evaluations undertaken as an environmental professional. The technical writing, research, and field inspection experience directly adds understanding and insight to environmental investigation and assessment procedures.

    University of Central Arkansas, BS Environmental Science
    University of Arkansas at Little Rock, MS Integrated Science and Mathematics
    2020 Arkansas Executive Leadership Academy
    Randal Mathis Scholarship Winner
    Dale Carnegie Leadership Training

    Arkansas Environmental Federation - Board Member
    The Poultry Federation
    Leadership Arkansas, Class IV

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  • Karen McCurdy (Senior Vice President at Crafton Tull)

    Karen McCurdy

    Senior Vice President at Crafton Tull


    Karen leads Crafton Tull's Environmental Division and is an experienced environmental professional with specialized expertise in industrial air pollution permitting and regulatory compliance. She has strong agency coordination and stakeholder engagement experience and a depth of experience with non-regulatory environmental projects. Karen earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas and an MBA from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. She is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a founding board member of the Illinois Watershed Partnership and the Magdalene Serenity House.

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AEDCE Member Registration
Member Price $25
Non-member Registration
Standard Price $50