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Ohio EPA Workshop to be Held in Ashtabula Sept. 4

State, Federal Help Available to Redevelop Blighted Properties

James Crosby | 8/14/2013, 12:09 p.m.

Ohio EPA is offering a free workshop to inform communities of the state and federal resources available to help redevelop brownfields, or blighted properties. The workshop will be held Sept. 4, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Kent State University’s Ashtabula Campus (Blue and Gold Room), 3300 Lake Road West, Ashtabula. Registration information is online.

Speakers from Ohio EPA, Ohio Development Services Agency, U.S. EPA, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Office and Kansas State University (which provides assistance to communities through a U.S. EPA grant) will address the following topics:

• Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP) and statewide inventory of brownfield properties;

• Ohio Development Services Agency’s Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund;

• Ohio Water Development Authority loan programs;

• U.S. EPA Brownfield Grants, Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) program and Targeted Brownfield Assessments;

• E-tools for brownfield revitalization and online summary of local resources for small and rural communities; and

• U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development resources.

Workshops can be scheduled for other Ohio communities by contacting Megan Oravec at (614) 728-1749 or Amy Yersavich at (614) 644-2285.

In the past 18 years, Ohio EPA has helped revitalize more than 8,000 acres of blighted land at nearly 400 sites across the state.