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Urban Redevelopment

Event: Brownfield Economic Development Initiative funding begins in 1999 supplementing EDI grants and enhancing HUD’s Section 108 Loan Programs and Community Development Block Grants (CDBGs), the first dedicated HUD grant program. Action: Makes HUD think creatively to use existing resources and reapply them toward Brownfields raising awareness of among other federal agencies. Connection: Creates a partnership with EPA and leads to the Federal Partnership of more then 20 agencies. Even though the EPA had become the de facto leader on brownfield redevelopment issues through actions like the pilot program and its revolving loan fund, there was still a sense in Washington that the agency that should really be handling redevelopment issues was the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The EPA, after all, was charged with developing and enforcing environmental issues, not with funding redevelopment—that was directly in HUD’s purview. With HUD already doing some work on redevelopment through it’s…Log In to Read Full Article

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