Daniel R. Cassidy, CPG has been a part of SME’s team since 1997 where he has held positions of increasing responsibility, and now leads SME’s Environmental Services Group. A principal of SME, his responsibilities include setting and implementing the Environmental Group’s business strategy, setting and executing the Group’s operational plan, providing senior technical leadership, and managing liability issues. He also advises owners, developers and the design and construction community in the areas of urban and brownfield redevelopment strategies and financing, environmental assessment of contaminated sites, remedial investigations, and environmental regulatory compliance. Dan holds a BS degree in Environmental Geoscience from Michigan State University, graduating with honors, and an MBA from Wayne State University in Detroit, where he was also a Candidate for Juris Doctor of Law.

Dan’s redevelopment experience and scientific and business finance background make him uniquely positioned to leverage the financial incentives available for redevelopment projects to the maximum benefit of our clients, public and private. Dan has successfully written applications for over $30 million in federal/state grant funding and assisted in acquiring incentives and managed projects involving over $150 million in state and federal incentives. He also manages remedial investigations and development of remediation alternatives for commercial and industrial properties.

Dan is known for leading and facilitating brownfield redevelopment projects from the initial strategy, to building the financial stack by maximizing financial incentives available for projects, to solving the technical challenges. He thrives on seeing a project through from inception to completion and realizing the positive impact each and every project has on the community and surrounding environment. Dan feels very fortunate that he has spent a large part of his career focusing on brownfield redevelopment which he feels is the best example of reuse, recycling, and recovery of urban areas that literally revitalizes communities. These projects are also great examples of his unique ability to facilitate public-private partnerships.

Dan has many affiliations which include being a Fellow at the Larson Center for Leadership, an active member of the Geoprofessional Business Association Business Practices Committee, American Institute of Professional Geologists, Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals, Woodward Avenue Action Association, International Council of Shopping Centers, Michigan Economic Development Association, Detroit Downtown Partnership, NW Ohio Regional Economic Development Association and he is a member of the Executive Board for the Urban Land Institute Michigan where he is also Chair of the Programs Committee.

Outside the office, Dan spends most of his time enjoying quality time with his family which includes his wife and two beautiful daughters. He is an avid Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and MSU Spartans fan. In the evenings, he enjoys fulfilling his passion for military history by reading. Dan’s compassionate nature and commitment to community shows when he regularly volunteers at Gleaners Food Bank. He is also a supporting member of Hatch Detroit and Impact Detroit, and is SME’s Executive Liaison for Challenge Detroit.

Projects

Jimmy John's Field: community eyesore to celebrated asset

Redeveloping former landfills into Jimmy John's Field represented a “game changer” in the world of community place-making. It spurred revitalization of downtown Utica, Michigan that ended decades of neglect by creating a destination where families gather and businesses can thrive.