Role of Remedy and Restoration in Redeveloping the Butte Landscape


Jon Sesso

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Jon will present on the nexus between environmental clean-up and future land use. He will explain the origins of the community’s vision, that no remedial project is complete or successful unless the land can be used for community benefit. He will also illustrate this philosophy by presenting a number of projects in Butte where clean-up objectives and community redevelopment were merged to produce positive outcomes.

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Jon started with Butte-Silver Bow in 1991 as the Director of the Planning Department, and for the last 25 years has been dealing with all aspects of land use policy and development for the local government. Last fall, Jon transitioned from the role of Planning Director to his present position as Superfund Coordinator. In addition to his role at Butte-Silver Bow, Jon has been representing Butte as a member of its legislative delegation since 2005. He is currently serving in his second, four-year term in the Montana Senate as the Senate Minority leader. His committees include Legislative Council, the Finance Committee, and the Water Policy Committee. Past appointments include, the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (Superfund reauthorization Issues) and National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Jon received a B.A. in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Communications and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He and his wife Barb, who co-owns the Uptown Café, have lived in Butte for the past 39 years.