As a Senior Project Manager with the firm, Chad Helmer works with public and private sector clients to manage a wide range of economic development, urban revitalization, and brownfield redevelopment projects. During his 10+ years at Taggart Associates, he has been a part of several of the most prominent redevelopment projects in the Lehigh Valley including the mixed-used redevelopment of the former Simon Silk Mill in Easton, the development of the Green Knight Industrial Park at a former tire dump in Wind Gap, the mixed-use redevelopment of the former-Crane Iron Works site in Catasauqua, and the development of Lafayette College’s Williams Arts Campus in Easton.
In addition to coordinating and managing redevelopment projects themselves, Chad has also played a vital role in raising the funds necessary to complete these projects. Throughout his career, Chad’s efforts have resulted in over $36 million in grants, low-interest loans, and tax credits being awarded to clients and their partners.
Prior to his time with Taggart, Chad served as Director of Land Recycling with the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation where he wrote grants in support of and facilitated multiple commercial and industrial redevelopment projects throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties. In this capacity, he wrote successful proposals for and/or administered several EPA Brownfields Assessment grants and Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Funds, maintained the GIS-based inventory of brownfields sites in the region, assisted public and private sector clients to manage projects through Pennsylvania’s Act 2 liability release program, and helped clients to leverage grants and loans to fund redevelopment projects.
Chad holds a B.S with a dual degree in Environmental Resource Management and Renewable Resource Economics, with a Minor in Economics from Pennsylvania State University.