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Kathy Castagna, Senior Brownfields Advisor at Vita Nuova, Mark Lewis from CT DEEP, and Juliet Burdelski from the City of Meriden joined APA at the Southern New England APA Conference in Hartford, CT on October 19th to discuss the PREPARED Workbook and Workshop Process. This process was developed by the USEPA and its subcontractors and is designed to be a useful tool to enable municipalities and cities to successfully redevelop brownfield sites. Find out more about the PREPARED Process with our fact sheets below!

Creation of Opportunity Zones in the New Tax Law Will Spur Community Development

From Vita Nuova Member Kathy Castagna – 4/23/18

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cut and Job Act, a $1.5 trillion tax cut bill, into law. The Investing in Opportunity Act is a $7.7 billion bipartisan provision that is part of the Tax Cut and Job Act. This provision seeks to bolster economically depressed areas across the United States by offering deferred taxes and significant tax breaks to those parties willing to sustain investment in low-income areas.

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Looking Back at the Remarkable Economic Rebirth of Erie, Pennsylvania

In January of 2015, Dennis M. Davin was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. Prior to his appointment, Secretary Davin served for more than a decade as Director of the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development (ACED).

 

The October 15, 2017 issue of Revitalization News) had an article about Gannon University‘s $2.5 million investment in Erie’s downtown revitalization. Just a few months later, more good news arrived in the form of a $30 million investment by PennDOT.

Here, Davin looks back on the recent history of Erie’s remarkable rebirth, following decades of economic decline:

On the heels of a historic investment announcement in Erie, I am once again amazed at the innovation, imagination, and legendary can-do spirit found in this city.

With more than $32 million in new state funding for projects on the Erie Bayfront and throughout the city, we are proud to collaborate with other state agencies, federal agencies, and private investors to support the great projects happening there.

Read the full article here.