Rebuilding Distressed Communities in Opportunity Zones

Optimism remains high that the qualified opportunity zone program will assist in rebuilding distressed communities in opportunity zones post-pandemic given the increase of capital gain investment in qualified opportunity funds. Since the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency on January 31, 2020, under section 319[…]

EPA Announces Brownfields Grant Awards for Fiscal Year 2020

The US Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that 151 communities and tribes were selected to receive $65.6 million in EPA Brownfields funding to assess, cleanup, and redevelop underutilized properties. These funds will assist communities in recycling vacant and abandoned contaminated properties for new and productive reuses. Nearly 30% of the communities selected are receiving brownfields[…]

Ways to Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Team Rubicon

As a Redevelopment Institute reader, you’re no doubt invested in the continued development and financial stability of our communities. With the health and economic challenges suddenly brought on by COVID-19, we wanted to provide some resources for those looking for ways to help. First, the Redevelopment Institute would like to highlight the efforts of Team[…]

White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council Releases Opportunity Zone Report

The White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council recently released its one-year report on Opportunity Zones, which details actions taken over the past 12 months as well as recommendations to further strengthen the Opportunity Zone program. Comprised of representatives from federal agencies and federal-state partnerships, the Council was established in December 2018 to make efficient use[…]

Brownfield Revitalization Gets a Big Boost from Opportunity Zone Fund Regulation

Final regulations governing Qualified Opportunity Funds were published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2020. They will become effective on March 13, 2020 and they address two rounds of public notice and comment. Among the new provisions is the inclusion of a brownfield as “original use” that commences with the qualified opportunity fund to[…]

Redevelopment Institute Board Member Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Brownfields Work

Brownfields Conference

Redevelopment Institute Advisory Board member and Vita Nuova president Michael Taylor was awarded a lifetime achievement award for excellence in thought leadership at the December National Brownfields Training Conference. The Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR), which honored Taylor and two other brownfield redevelopment practitioners, noted that awardees are “problem solvers and innovators…whose work is[…]

Opportunity Zone Regulations to Facilitate Brownfield Redevelopment

The Treasury Department recently finalized its regulations governing Qualified Opportunity Funds. Slated to take effect on March 13th, they serve as the rules of the road for investors and developers alike. The final regulation details how investments and their resulting gains will be treated for federal tax purposes, allowing Opportunity Fund investors to understand how[…]

RE-Development Academy Real Estate Webinar Recordings Available

In Fall 2019, EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization hosted a three-part RE-Development Academy Real Estate Webinar Series. The webinars covered the redevelopment process from a property developer’s perspective and the process for redeveloping a contaminated site. Key topics included: Factors that motivate or discourage development of contaminated properties How and when developers make[…]

EPA Urban Farm Business Plan and Worksheets Available

The Urban Farm Business Plan Handbook provides guidance for developing a business plan for the startup and operation of an urban farm. It focuses on food and non-food related cultivated agriculture. The information provided is applicable regardless of whether the farm is to be operated as a non-profit or for-profit business. Details:

Superfund Task Force Releases Final Report

Yesterday, USEPA announced the availability of final recommendations for Superfund. Actions related to four goals were presented. As promised, it is a comprehensive look at the range of actions from expediting cleanup to redevelopment. I think it is well worth reading and following up on.