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2019 Brownfield Project Return on Investment (ROI) Survey

The Indiana Brownfields Program is once again collecting important information related to the financial, legal, and technical assistance it provides to our stakeholders. Please complete our survey in one of two ways: 1) Take an on-line survey, or 2) download a fillable PDF form of the survey, complete it, and email it in to the Program. Your feedback is instrumental as we evaluate our services so that we can continue to provide the most beneficial assistance to Indiana communities.

Submit completed spreadsheet surveys to Nancy Dollar of the Indiana Brownfields Program via e-mail at nadollar@ifa.in.gov.  Call 317-234-9764 with any questions. Thank you for participating.

Click this link to take the Secure Online ROI Survey or

Click this link to download a fillable .pdf form  ROI Survey

 

Brownfields Environmental Consulting RFQ:

The updated list of firms currently qualified by the Program is linked below.

Consultants currently qualified by the Indiana Brownfields Program

 

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U.S. EPA Brownfield Multi-purpose, Assessment, and Cleanup Grant Awards Announced
 
On June 5, 2019, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler traveled to Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, joined by the White House Executive Director for the Opportunity and Revitalization Council Scott Turner, to announce that EPA had selected 149 communities to receive 151 different grant awards totaling $64,623,553 million in EPA Brownfields funding through its Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) Grant Programs.
 
40% of the communities selected for funding will be receiving such assistance for the first time.

108 communities selected for grants this year have identified sites or targeted areas in census tracts designated as federal Opportunity Zones. An Opportunity Zone is an economically-distressed community where new investment, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment.

Some of the selected OZ brownfield projects selected for MAC Grant funding include:
  • Detroit, Michigan – to clean up the Riverside Park and provide a unique recreational venue that will include energy efficient LED and solar-powered lighting throughout the park.
  • Waukegan, Illinois – to remediate vacant property, along Lake Michigan, which is expected to spur redevelopment of the lakefront.
  • Rock Falls, Illinois – to clean up the last brownfield site along Rock River, making it the final obstacle overcome before riverfront redevelopment.
  • Columbus, Georgia – to clean up dilapidated buildings near the Chattahoochee Waterfront, including a restaurant, offices, warehouses, covered loading areas, and a vehicle maintenance building.
  • Huntington, West Virginia – to help redevelop former facilities into a new multistate enterprise, which is aimed at producing sustainable jobs through materials upcycling, recycling, composting operations, and logistics.
  • Belfast, Maine – to help clean up and revitalize a contaminated building and make energy-efficient improvements such as LED lighting, triple-glazed windows, and a solar electricity-generating system that is expected to generate 100 percent of the building’s energy needs.

To learn more about the applicants selected for funding, visit the EPA Brownfields Website

 

U.S. EPA Announces $400,000 in Supplemental Funds for Indiana Finance Authority to Clean Up and Reuse Brownfield Sites

On June 20, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Indiana Finance Authority is receiving an additional $400,000 to help clean up and redevelop brownfield sites in the state. Since 2008, EPA has awarded the Indiana Finance Authority more than $9.1 million for its Brownfields Revolving Loan Program (RLF).

Indiana will use the funds to continue its progress in reusing vacant and abandoned properties and turning them into community assets such as housing, recreation and open space, health facilities, social services, and commerce opportunities.

EPA announced a total of $9.3 million in supplemental funding to 24 recipients across the country that have demonstrated success in using their RLFs.  

“This Brownfields supplemental funding will provide additional resources to 24 communities with a proven track record of success so they can continue their progress revitalizing their local economy and improving the health and wellbeing of their community,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.  “We are proud to report that a majority of communities receiving these supplemental funds have Opportunity Zones within their jurisdiction, which means we are reaching communities most in need.”

Recipients of EPA’s Brownfields RLF funding provide low-interest loans and sub-grants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfields sites. When loans are repaid, the loan amount is returned into the fund and re-lent to other borrowers, providing an ongoing source of capital within a community. To date, EPA’s RLF grantees across the country have completed 694 cleanups and attracted approximately 42,000 jobs and $8 billion in public and private funding.

A majority of the communities receiving supplemental funds have census tracks designated as federal Opportunity Zones within their jurisdiction. An Opportunity Zone is an economically-distressed community where new investment, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment.

 

Background

A brownfield is a property for which the expansion, redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. There are estimated to be more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S.

Grants awarded by EPA’s Brownfield Program provide communities across the country with an opportunity to transform contaminated sites into community assets that attract jobs and achieve broader economic development outcomes while taking advantage of existing infrastructure. For example, Brownfields grants have been shown to:

  • Increase Local Tax Revenue: A study of 48 brownfields sites found that an estimated $29 million to $97 million in additional local tax revenue was generated in a single year after cleanup. This is two to seven times more than the $12.4 million EPA contributed to the cleanup of these sites.
  • Increase Residential Property Values: Another study found that property values of homes near revitalized brownfields sites increased between 5% and 15% following cleanup.

As of May 2019, under the EPA Brownfields Program, 30,153 properties have been assessed and 86,131 acres of idle land have been made ready for productive use. In addition, communities have been able to use Brownfields grants to attract 150,120 jobs and more than $28 billion of public and private funding.

For more on EPA’s Brownfields Program: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields

For more on Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/types-brownfields-grant-funding

 

Change to Disbursement Request Form

In an effort to streamline the administrative process for the Program's financial assistance, the Program has changed the way it is requiring grant/loan recipients to document compliance with Indiana's public bidding laws. The Program is no longer requiring grant/loan recipients to submit documentation demonstrating that a competitive process was used to select consultants and/or contractors prior to the Program issuing any disbursements from the grant/loan award. Instead, the Program has changed the signature block on the Brownfields Disbursement Request Form (Form) to include an affirmation statement that the grant/loan recipient followed the appropriate state public bidding laws for the work sought for reimbursement under the grant/loan award. It is possible that the person who executes the Form is not the same person who coordinated the competitive bidding process on behalf of the grant/loan recipient; if that is the case in your community, please be sure to communicate with the appropriate local official/contact prior to signing the Form since by signing the Form, the signatory will be certifying that the appropriate competitive bidding process was undertaken with respect to the grant/loan activities for which reimbursement is sought. Please note: this Form replaces the disbursement request form you may have previously used and must be used for all future disbursements, regardless of whether documentation pertaining to competitive bidding has been previously submitted to the Program. To download the Form, click here.

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