Marlon Goff, Analyst
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
To address the issue of
brownfields in the community and leverage resources, the UG has secured a
$600,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant from the EPA.
Overview: The ONE-KC Brownfields Coalition is a
partnership of Kansas City, Missouri; the Unified Government of Wyandotte
County and Kansas City Kansas (U.G.) and Mid-America Regional Council
(MARC). This bi-state grant will
continue for 3 years beginning in 2013, and fund projects through an equal
budget distribution of grant funds and assistance for both states. The award will help both cities identify and
assess environmental contamination on idle and blighted brownfield properties
that could be cleaned up to create community gardens, green space and new
business ventures. MARC will assist in
tying the projects into its regional initiatives in workforce development,
economic growth and sustainability.
The four strategic focus areas for grant projects seeking assessment
- Urban Agriculture
- Public Infrastructure Improvements
- Workforce Development
- Access to High Speed Internet
include but are not limited to the following:
Environmental assessments for existing or new community gardens, urban
farms, orchards and aqua-culture facilities.
Industrial, commercial and residential development projects that will
make public infrastructure investments are another example of targeted uses of
the brownfields grant funds. Firms that
perform grant funded assessment work and analysis will be encouraged to hire
local residents, newly certified in environmental science disciplines. Finally, projects that will increase
community access to high speed internet has been established a strategic use of
grant project generally targets the bi-state downtown and industrial
corridor. The project area for Kansas
City, KS is bounded by 18th St to the west, 43rd Avenue to the South
and the Missouri River serves as the east and northern boundaries.
To learn more
about the services the UG can provide for your property, contact Mr. Marlon
Goff Economic Development office at (913) 573-5545 or download the site nomination
application available below: