Brownfields 2004
 Grant  Fact Sheet
Milwaukee Community
    Service  Corps,  I/I//
 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 con-
 taminant. 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 communities
 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 Milwaukee Community Service Corps (MCSC)
 was selected to receive a job training grant. MCSC will
 focus this grant on the Milwaukee Renewal Community,
 a distressed, predominately African-American commu-
 nity with a 21% unemployment rate and where 50% of
 residents live in poverty. Six major redevelopment
 project are under way in the city, including the 30th
 Street Industrial Corridor along the western edge of the
 Renewal Community, which is heavily impacted by
 brownfields that are a legacy of the city's manufacturing
                                 Job Training Grant

                                 EPA has selected the Milwaukee Community
                                 Service Corps for a job training grant. The MCSC
                                 plans to train 64 students and graduate 56,
                                 guarantee 100% of the training graduates at least
                                 part-time employment, and continue to track
                                 students as long as MCSC is in operation. The
                                 training program will consist of 280 hours of
                                 course work in hazardous waste health and safety
                                 training, lead and asbestos abatement training and
                                 certification, confined space entry, sampling and
                                 monitoring, and innovative technologies. This
                                 training will be followed by internships with local
                                 environmental employers. Students will be
                                 recruited from the Milwaukee Renewal Commu-
                                 nity. The MCSC's Advisory Council, a cross-
                                 section of professionals representing local engi-
                                 neering firms; city, county and state agencies; and
                                 neighborhood and community groups, will assist in
                                 the placement of trainees in environmental jobs.
                                 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:
                                 EPA Region 5 Brownfields Team

                                 Grant Recipient: Milwaukee Community Service
                                 Corps, WI
                              past. Brownfields assessment, cleanup, and redevelop-
                              ment in the Milwaukee Renewal Community and other
                              areas around the city generate significant demand for
                              entry-level and advanced environmental workers. The
                              potential for placing graduates of the training program in
                              environmental technician jobs within the city is high.
                                                 Solid Waste and
                                                 Emergency Response
                                                      March 2004