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Event: The Northeast Midwest Institute publishes first report on brownfields, New Life for Old Buildings and hosts the first conference in Chicago for local government representatives and nonprofits on contaminated site reuse in 1992. Action: The report increases public awareness about brownfields and frames the issue for communities. Connection: This first meeting triggers hearings, meetings, workshops and conferences by Congress, federal, state and local government agencies, community groups and the private sector in search of solutions. The word “brownfield” is coined. (It entered the Oxford English Dictionary in 1997.) In 1983 the term “rust belt” became part of the language. It was a way of describing decaying Northeastern and Midwestern cities where factories were closing and population declining as these regions lagged behind the rest of the country. The states were (and remain) the most industrialized and were the most affected by as industry moved offshore. This change resulted in…Log In to Read Full Article

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