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Brownfields Reauthorization and Disaster Assistance Bills Approved

Breaking news! The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure just approved several bills set to boost economic development across the country and improve FEMA’s disaster assistance and mitigation programs.

The Brownfields Reauthorization Act of 2017 will allow states to finally address untouched brownfields — properties where contamination is suspected, but unknown.

Committee Chairman Bill Shuster said, “The Brownfields grant program has helped create thousands of jobs since it was established, restored over a million acres of land, and helped previously unused properties start generating tax revenues again.”

The Act was supported by many organizations including:

  • The US Conference of Mayors
  • National League of Cities
  • National Association of Counties
  • National Association of Regional Councils
  • California Association for Local Economic Development
  • Center for Creative Land Recycling
  • Georgia Brownfields Association
  • Groundwork USA
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Leading Builders of America
  • Minnesota Brownfields
  • NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association
  • National Apartment Association
  • National Association of Development Organizations
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals
  • National Association of Realtors
  • National Brownfields Coalition
  • National Ground Water Association
  • National Leased Housing Association
  • National Multifamily Housing Council
  • Smart Growth America

Learn more about the bills that were passed here.