Economic Development is the process by which local people build organizations and partnerships that interconnect to provide growth in the business community, education, health, housing, and the environment.
The DCC Brownfield Consortium's Brownfield Redevelopment Program is empowered it to work together with member communities, and other stakeholders to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields.
A brownfield site is real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
On January 11, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. Under this law, the EPA provides financial assistance to eligible applicants through four competitive grant programs: Assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup grants, and job training grants. The DCC Brownfield Consortium is a grant recipient of Assessment and Revolving Loan Funds since 1995. To date it has received over nine million dollars for assessment and cleanup site projects.
The DCC Brownfield Consortium has leveraged EPA's nine million dollars in grants into over $100,000,000 in combined investment and taxes since its beginning in 1995.
The DCC Economic Development Department has the ability to bring resources together to make things happen in the region. The Monroe Raisin River Battlefield recently became a National Park. This park was a brownfield and could not be transferred to the Department of Interior to become a park until it was free of contaminants. The DCC Brownfield programs provided a $1.2 million Revolving Loan Fund Program loan to this project. This combined with State of Michigan grants and local dollars to make this project possible. Another example is Ventower Industries: a work in progress through the combined efforts of the EPA, Michigan DNRE, SBA 504 Loan and private investment that will bring over 300 jobs to this region.