NPCR is carrying out a multi-pronged initiative which was developed through on-the-ground work with community based groups, nonprofit and for profit developers, environmental justice organizations, community lenders, and nationwide research on innovative programs, that is designed to provide the tools and capacity necessary to promote community-based productive re-use of brownfields. NPCR’s activities occur in two general areas: the provision of technical and financial assistance to brownfield redevelopment projects and to Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program grantees; and efforts to create and improve City, state and federal programs and policies that comprise the infrastructure for the brownfield redevelopment arena. In addition, NPCR is widely recognized as being instrumental in the conceptualization and creation of NY’s Area-wide Brownfields Opportunity Areas (BOA) program, intended to revitalize low-income neighborhoods burdened by multiple brownfield sites. Since 2003, when the NYS Brownfields Law was passed, NPCR has worked to secure resources for communities participating in the BOA program, including $36 million awarded by NYS to over 120 communities; and to strengthen state and city policies to provide preference and priority for the implementation of area-wide plans.
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