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City gets grant for cleanup of brownfield sites

Rochester Business Journal
August 4, 2014

The city of Rochester has received $300,661 to clean up brownfield sites, its first federal award since its designation as a manufacturing community.

The grant, from the Environmental Protection Agency, will be part of the city’s brownfield revolving loan fund, which provides low-interest loans to small businesses for brownfield remediation, city officials said last week.

The revolving loan fund is administered jointly by the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development and the Department of Environmental Services.

Rochester is one of 12 cities nationwide included in the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership, giving it preferential treatment for up to $1.3 billion in federal funds.

“We got the IMCP designation merely months ago, and we’re already seeing results,” Mayor Lovely Warren said in a statement. “This is just the beginning. We have two years to make the most of this designation, and we plan on aggressively going after every dollar, every grant.”

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