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CUOMO AWARDS $5 MILLION TO HELP CREATE JOBS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN LORAIN, OH
WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today announced $5 million in assistance for Lorain, Ohio, to expand the Colorado Industrial Park and create new employment opportunities for low and moderate income residents. The project will create an estimated 1,500 jobs and stimulate more than $6.8 million in additional investment.
"One of the most important challenges facing cities today is cleaning up and revitalizing abandoned industrial and commercial sites that were the engines of America's economic greatness in our past," Cuomo said. "Working in partnership with communities, we can transform these areas into generators of new jobs and new prosperity in our future."
Lorain will receive a $500,000 Brownfields Economic Development Initiative grant and $4.5 million in loan guarantees to acquire 400 acres of land and make improvements to the site in order to expand the Colorado Industrial Park and create a recreational area along the Black River. In addition, the loan guarantee funds will be used to provide a business loan to the Lorain Port Authority. BEDI funds will be used for debt service reserve on the Section 108 loan guarantee. Environmental liability concerns have hindered development on the east side of Lorain.
Key participants include: the City of Lorain, the Lorain Port Authority, the State of Ohio, and the Economic Development Administration. Total projects costs are $12,336,900.
Brownfield sites include abandoned factories and other industrial facilities, gasoline stations, oil storage facilities, dry cleaning stores, and other businesses that dealt with polluting substances. Since 1993, the Clinton Administration has taken a series of actions to clean up and redevelop brownfields and return them to productive use, including: providing seed money to communities for revitalization; removing regulatory barriers to redevelopment; and providing a targeted tax incentive to businesses that purchase and clean up the sites.
The loan guarantees, also known as the Section 108 Program, provide communities with a source of financing for job creation, housing rehabilitation, and construction of public facilities and large-scale development projects.
Vice President Gore announced the Clinton Administration's Brownfields National Partnership in 1997 to bring together resources of over 20 federal agencies to address brownfield cleanup and redevelopment issues in a coordinated approach. HUD works with other federal agencies to provide communities with financial and technical assistance to revitalize brownfields.
Cuomo accompanied President Clinton last month on the President's New Markets Tour of economically distressed communities that highlighted the economic potential for investment in underserved markets. The President is proposing tax incentives and investment tools that will make it more attractive for corporate America to search for opportunities in such communities.
A recent HUD report titled New Markets: The Untapped Retail Buying Power In America's Inner Cities (was linked to http://www.huduser.org/publications/newmarkets/cover.html) showed that America's inner city neighborhoods - with $331 billion in annual retail purchasing power - hold major economic potential for retail business growth. The report found:
Content Archived: January 20, 2009
Content Archived: January 20, 2009