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2021 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


Change to Disbursement Request Form

In 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.


2021 National Brownfields Training Conference

The 2021 National Brownfields Training Conference will be held on December 8-11, 2021 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Offered every two years, this conference is the largest gathering of stakeholders focused on cleaning up and reusing formerly utilized commercial and industrial properties. EPA cosponsors this event with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

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.

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.

For more information on Opportunity Zones: https://www.epa.gov/opportunity-zones.


Applicants Selected for FY 2021 Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the selection of 151 communities to receive 154 grant awards totaling $66.5 million in Brownfields funding through its Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) Grants. EPA has announced that three Indiana communities -- the cities of Bloomington and Union City and the town of Clarksville --have been selected to receive grant awards totaling $1.4 million through its MAC grant program. The funding will support the assessment and cleanup of abandoned industrial and commercial properties to facilitate redevelopment.

News Coverage 2021


Indiana Finance Authority Receives $500K from EPA to Clean Up Contaminated Properties

The Indiana Finance Authority has received $500,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA indicates that the supplemental funding is being awarded to previous grant recipients of its Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund to continue cleaning up and redeveloping brownfield sites.

2021 Award


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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