Free workshop in Sheridan to explain methods to clean, rebuild contaminated sites

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Anyone interested in finding money to clean up abandoned buildings, junkyards or other potentially contaminated buildings so those properties can contribute jobs, revenue and services to the community is welcome to attend a free, two-day seminar about the federal brownfields cleanup program Aug. 23-24 at the Sheridan Memorial Hospital Community Conference Center.

The Redevelopment Funding and Revitalization Through Brownfields workshop will walk government officials, lenders, realtors, community developers and others through an overview of the Environmental Protection Agency’s process for qualifying a site as a brownfield, planning and executing a cleanup project and applying for grant assistance along the way.

Participants will meet private developers who have enjoyed success through the program and have the chance to speak with various agency experts who can serve as partners in the grant process.

More than 50,000 jobs and $14 billion in new investment have stemmed from the use of EPA brownfield grants and the resulting redevelopment.

Some of those successes can be found in Wyoming. The Evanston Roundhouse, Stagecoach Museum in Lusk, Yttrium plant in Laramie and West Edge development in Cheyenne have all used brownfield grant money to redevelop formerly contaminated sites.

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