EPA awards $909,300 brownfields assessment grant to Region III-A

Jun 6 2011

EPA awards $909,300 brownfields assessment grant to Region III-A
KENDALLVILLE - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that Region III-A Development & Regional Planning Commission has received approval of a $909,300 brownfields assessment grant.   The grant will be administered through newly created Northeast Indiana Economic Development District, a partnership between Region III-A and the Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council (NIRCC).
The Brownfields Assessment Coalition represents the following Northeast Indiana counties:  Adams County, Allen County, LaGrange County, Noble County, Steuben County, Wells County and Whitley County.  Funds from the award include $588,900 for hazardous substances assessment and $320,400 for petroleum assessment.   In addition to assessment of suspected brownfield properties, the grant will assist with remediation and redevelopment planning for high priority sites.   This project will span a 36 month schedule and will work closely with municipal and county governments, local economic development organizations and other concerned organizations within the region.
"Revitalizing our communities is vital to our health and the health of our local economies," EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. "The grants we're awarding to communities across America will support projects that will help create thousands of jobs and make our communities cleaner, healthier and more prosperous places to raise a family and start a business. They're part of our overall effort to clean up communities and put our nation on the path to a sustainable future."
“Region III-A, on behalf of the Northeast Indiana Economic Development District, is excited to learn about the grant award.  This is an excellent example of how greater partnerships and collaboration among local governments can and will benefit the regional economy and quality of life in Northeast Indiana,” said David Koenig, Executive Director for Region III-A.   “We recognize and thank the partnerships that were necessary to leverage this grant award - specifically, Dan Avery, Executive Director for NIRCC;  Mayor John Schultz, City of Decatur;  Mayor Suzanne Handshoe, City of Kendallville and many others in the region.”
Other community partners in this effort include:

  • Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Kendallville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • LaGrange County Chamber of Commerce
  • Adams County Economic Development Corporation
  • LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation
  • Noble County Economic Development Corporation
  • Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
  • Whitley County Economic Development Corporation
  • Wood Land Lakes Resource Conservation and Development
  • Steuben County Lakes Council, Inc.
  • Northeast Indiana Housing Partnership, Inc.
  • Operation Foundation (Ligonier)



Additional information about the $76 million EPA brownfields investment available at the following link.
About the Northeast Indiana Economic Development District (NIEDD) – established in 2010 as a partnership between the Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordination Council (serving Adams, Allen, DeKalb and Wells counties) and Region III-A Development and Regional Planning Commission (serving Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash and Whitley counties).  The purpose of the District is to create and advance a unified regional development plan for the region and to represent the interests of the 10-county region to State and federal agencies.   The District operates as a public, regional unit of government for Northeast Indiana.   NIEDD contacts include co-directors Dan Avery at 260-449-7309 and Loren Kravig at 260-347-4714.