After years of collaboration, the East Central Florida RPC successfully received a major Brownfields Coalition Assessment Grant which will be implemented in the communities of Apopka, Eustis, Kissimmee and Longwood. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will help ensure potential brownfields throughout the region are adequately addressed. The $600,000 grant will be used to identify suspected brownfields within the community.
Through a preliminary study conducted by East Central Florida RPC staff, more than one hundred potential brownfields sites were identified along the U.S. 441 corridor. A Brownfields Advisory Committee, made up of local stakeholders, will assist in identifying additional areas and will work as a liaison between the Council and local communities. The Advisory Committee is paramount to ensuring continued progress in the regional approach towards addressing brownfields spearheaded by the East Central Florida RPC. This grant award is the first step in the development of a strong regional brownfields program and helps expand the scope of economic development services provided by the Council to local governments and organizations within the region.