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Setting the Stage for Leveraging Resources for Brownfields Revitalization

New Guide to Assist Communities with the Investment of Available Resources to Leverage Additional Funding:

Many communities struggle to find and attract sufficient funding for Brownfields redevelopment projects.  It can be difficult for communities to identify how best to invest limited local resources.  Sound initial investments of local funds can open opportunities for additional public funds and attract the interest and support of outside investors and lead to additional funding.  This guide was developed by EPA to assist communities in overcoming the challenges of making sound investment decisions to attract additional resources for community revitalization.

Aligning Federal Resources to Maximize Program Investment Efficiency and Impacts in Communities:

Communities working with EPA’s brownfield and area-wide planning (AWP) programs have realized tremendous success in leveraging economic and community development funding from other federal agencies, resources typically identified as part of their community planning process and aimed at implementing a community revitalization vision.  EPA’s experience with the leveraging opportunities identified by our brownfields area-wide planning grantees, as outlined in the white paper available here, may support an aligning of federal resources across agencies to increase linkages across programs, leverage the assistance provided by individual federal programs, and maximize impacts to communities collectively served by diverse federal agency programs.

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