Brownfields  2004

 Grant Fact  Sheet

       Cleveland, OH

EPA Brownfields Program
EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, commu-
nities, and other stakeholders in economic development
to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up,
and sustainably reuse brownfields. Abrownfield 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 the
Brownfields Law, 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 job
training grants provide training for residents of commu-
nities affected by brownfields to prepare them for
employment in the assessment and cleanup of
brownfield sites. Additionally, funding support is
provided to state and tribal response programs through
a separate mechanism.
Community Description
The Cleveland Department of Economic Development
was selected to receive a job training grant. The
decline in Cleveland's heavy manufacturing industrial
base, with the resulting loss of jobs and businesses, has
had a devastating effect within the city and surrounding
communities. The city (population 478,403) has an
unemployment rate of almost 12% and a poverty rate
of almost 26%. The city will focus its training efforts
on the residents of Cleveland's Empowerment Zone,
93% of whom are African-American with a poverty
rate of over 35%. The city has 350 brownfields and
very little land available for development that is not
   Job Training Grants
   EPA has selected the Cleveland Department of
   Economic Development for a job training grant.
   Cleveland plans to train 80 students, achieve a
   75% placement rate for graduates, and conduct
   retention rate verification at regular intervals over
   a one year period. The training program will offer
   240 hours of course work. Level one training will
   include training in hazardous waste health and
   safety, lead and asbestos abatement, and CPR.
   Level two training in media sampling and confined
   space entry, including hands-on practice, will be
   offered to eligible students. Students will be
   recruited from Cleveland neighborhoods with the
   highest unemployment, poverty, and drop-out
   rates. The Cuyahoga Community College's
   Environmental Health and Safety Training Advi-
   sory Committee and a network of environmental
   employers will assist the city in placing students in
   environmental j obs.
   For further information, including specific grant
   contacts, additional grant information, brownfields
   news and events, and publications and links, visit
   the EPA Brownfields web site at: www.epa.gov/
   EPA Region 5 Brownfields Team
   Grant Recipient: Cleveland Department of
   Economic Development, OH
potentially contaminated. The city currently is working
on several brownfields redevelopment projects. The
city's increased efforts in brownfields redevelopment
activities and the willingness of environmental employ-
ers to participate in this job training program help make
the employment outlook for sustainable brownfieIds-
related jobs promising.
                                                  Solid Waste and
                                                  Emergency Response
                         EPA 500-F-04-006
                         March 2004