New Clean Ohio program rules require brownfield sites to have an end user in order to receive funds

New rules from the Development Services Agency are eliminating the development-ready track of the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund program and it has some local officials worried that funding remediation in Ohio will become more difficult, The Business Journal reports. Currently, there are four sites around Youngstown that are undergoing environmental assessments, the article said. With the elimination of the development-ready track, which provided funds for brownfield sites that were “identified as having potential for future development,” the remaining funding track requires an identified end user for the development site in order to access Clean Ohio funding. Kasich administration officials insist that this program has always “prioritized known end user projects” because “job creation on the site is the only way the site can truly provide a return on the state’s investment,” the article said. For more, read the full story.

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