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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 10 June 2002



H E A D L I N E S

* Legislation: Brownfield Financing
* Briefing: Valuing America’s First Suburbs
* Farmland Protection Program: $50 Million Available for FY 2002

 

LEGISLATION: BROWNFIELD FINANCING
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Reps. Jack Quinn (R-NY) and Marty Meehan (D-MA), co-chairs of the Northeast Midwest House Coalition, together with Reps. John McHugh (R-NY), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Dale Kildee (D-MI), and Rob Simmons (R-CT), introduced the Brownfields Site Redevelopment Act (H.R. 4894). The bill would authorize $60 million for the Economic Development Agency (EDA) in the Department of Commerce to establish a grants program for brownfields-related economic development activities. EDA currently funds brownfields out of its general authorization, but brownfields must compete with other EDA activities for this funding.

Contact: Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (226-9497).

 

BRIEFING: VALUING AMERICA’S FIRST SUBURBS
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The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition on Tuesday, June 11, will sponsor a briefing on the challenges faced by older, inner-ring (or "first") suburbs. These communities have their own unique set of assets and challenges that set them apart from center cities and newer suburban areas further out from the core of metropolitan areas. This briefing will examine the challenges that are beginning to hamper ability of first suburbs to remain, or become, economically competitive. It also will present recommendations to correct "policy blind spots" that prevent first suburbs from receiving the kind of federal and state support that is directed to inner cities and outer-ring suburbs.

The briefing will be led by Robert Puentes, with the Brookings Institution’s Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy. It will begin at 10:30 am in room 418 of the Russell Senate Office Building.

Contact: Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606).

 

FARMLAND PROTECTION PROGRAM: $50 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR Fiscal 2002
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As a result of the recently-enacted Farm Bill, USDA has announced that up to $50 million in funds will be available in fiscal 2002 for the Farmland Protection Program (FPP). Development pressure on the urban fringe causes large amounts of land in the Northeast-Midwest region to be converted to nonagricultural uses. The FPP provides funds to state, tribal, and local agencies and nongovernmental organizations to assist in the purchase of development rights on agricultural lands. Proposals must be submitted to National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) state offices by July 15, 2002.

Contact: Allen Hance with the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).