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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 26 July 1999

     The Senate Smart Growth Task Force on Thursday, July 29, will
host a luncheon briefing on specific ways the federal government can
support community-based sustainable growth and mitigate the effects of
sprawl.  At the luncheon sponsored by the Congress for the New
Urbanism (CNU), real estate developers and environmental activists
will discuss how New Urbanist strategies can address many of the
problems facing American communities.

     Speakers will include John Williams, CEO of Post Properties, the
nation's largest New Urbanist developer and one of the most successful
REITs (real estate investment trusts); Dana Beach, director of the
South Carolina Coastal Conservation League; Jacky Grimshaw with
Chicago's Center for Neighborhood Technology; Robert Davis, developer
of the Town of Seaside, Florida; and Shelley Poticha, CNU's executive

     The July 29 luncheon will run from 12:00 noon until 1:30 pm in
the Mansfield Room of the U.S. Capitol.

     CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor, Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition

     Senators Mike DeWine (R-OH) and Carl Levin (D-MI), co-chairs of
the Senate Coalition's Great Lakes Task Force, last week advanced a
successful amendment to the Commerce-Justice-State appropriations bill
providing an additional $390,000 for the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to upgrade water level gauging
stations throughout the Great Lakes.  The resulting data will be used
by various agencies for water quality models, and are particularly
important in this year of near-record-low water levels.

     CONTACTS:  Jennifer Merrill, Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition

     Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) and Jim Jeffords (R-VT),
co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, last week
introduced the Small Business Brownfields Redevelopment Act (S. 1408). 
By setting aside a portion of the Small Business Administration's
program resources for brownfield redevelopment, S. 1408 would connect
existing and prospective small business owners with the capital they
need to address cleanup concerns.

     Original co-sponsors included Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ),
Charles Schumer (D-NY), Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), and Patrick Leahy (D-

     CONTACT:  Charles Bartsch, Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute this week will publish GUIDE TO
FEDERAL BROWNFIELD PROGRAMS.  The 56-page inventory profiles each
federal agency's brownfield programs and provides contact and grant

     The federal government has created an array of programs and
resources to help clean up and reuse brownfield sites.  The book
highlights the efforts of more than 20 agencies, as well as tax
incentives that encourage private-sector investment in brownfield

     CONTACT:  Ann Eberhart Goode, Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-

     Senators Jim Jeffords (R-VT) and Jack Reed (D-RI) this week will
offer an amendment to the fiscal 2000 Interior appropriations bill to
increase weatherization funding by $7 million, bringing the Senate
total to $140 million.

     Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and several other Northeast-Midwest
members two weeks ago advanced a successful floor amendment that
increased the program by $13 million, bringing the House total to $133
million.  They offered a second amendment to strike authorizing
language in the bill that would require states and Indian tribes to
provide a 25 percent match.  That amendment failed; the Senate bill
does not contain a matching funds provision.

     CONTACTS:  Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606) and Tim Daniels, Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (225-5361).

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