After more than ten years of building a brownfield redevelopment program, Cuyahoga County Officials are currently contemplating bringing the program to a close. Over the last few years significant staff cuts have reduced the amount of resources dedicated to the program. Now it appears that in 2017 the various incentives available to attract redevelopment to
State of Ohio Pursues Recovery of Incentives
Companies expanding onto brownfield sites need public incentives to make their projects viable. However, the days when cleanup of contamination by itself could attract public incentives are long over. Under the new local and State brownfield programs companies must make job commitments and/or improvements to the property to attract government assistance.
When companies work with…
State Poised to Accept Grant Applications for Gas Station Cleanups
This Fall the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) announced program implementation details for the newly created $20 million dollar Abandoned Service Station Fund. ODSA sent out an announcement to contacts that it would likely begin accepting applications winter, however, to date the ODSA has yet to begin accepting applications. ODSA developed the program in conjunction…
Key Eligibility Issue Needs to be Decided for New Underground Storage Tank Fund
I previously posted about the new $20 million dollar cleanup fund created to address old gas stations. The fund with be operated by the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA).
The fund will provide up to $100,00 for sampling and $500,000 for cleanup of abandoned gas stations or underground storage tanks that are classified…
Review of Compliance with Job Commitments in State Incentive Packages
The Attorney General’s Office completed its review of compliance with job commitments the state received in exchange for various incentives. Here is the summary of its findings:
- Workforce Compliance Rate: 100% (49 of 49 awards in substantial compliance)
- Grant Compliance Rate: 74.4% (29 of 39)
- Tax Credit Compliance Rate: 62.4% (78 of 125)
- Loan Compliance
U.S. EPA Solicits Proposals for Brownfield Assessment and Clean Up Grants
U.S. EPA has released its fiscal year 2011 request for proposals (RFP) for brownfield assessment and clean up grants. There is a relatively short window of opportunity to file your application- the deadline is October 15, 2010.
[Click here for access to U.S. EPA’s RFP for the brownfield assessment, clean up and revolving…
Important Ohio EPA Updates on Brownfield Redevelopment
Recently, Ohio EPA released its newsletter directed toward those interested in brownfield redevelopment (SABR News). The July 2010 newsletter included some important recent developments at the federal and state level.
Federal Brownfields Legislation
The Federal Brownfield Re-authorization Bill was introduced in May 2010. If the bill passes it could include some important reforms to…
Ohio Offers Grant Funding for Biomass and Waste Conversion
Ohio is using federal stimulus money to establish a new grant opportunity in the renewable energy area. The Ohio Department of Development has released an RFP soliciting proposals with a total of $10 million in available funding.
Minimum award is $500,000 and maximum is $1 million.
The grant program is looking for projects that convert feedstocks such as…
Changes to Clean Ohio Policies Impact Brownfield Projects
The administration of the Clean Ohio program is largely governed by the policies developed by the Clean Ohio Council. Separate policies have been generated for the Clean Ohio Assistance Fund (COAF) and the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund (CORF).
Over the life of the Clean Ohio program, the Clean Ohio Council has routinely updated the program…
Major Expansion of Areas Eligible for Ohio Brownfield Grant Program
These are great times to investigating potential brownfield projects in Ohio. The State has two pots of money available under its Clean Ohio brownfield program. 1) the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund (CORF); and 2) the Clean Ohio Assistance Fund (COAF). CORF is a competitive grant process where applications are pooled into rounds and the top projects in…