'4BL\   Brownfields 2000  Job Training Pilot Fact Sheet
  ^2]   City of Toledo, OH
EPA Brownfields Initiative

EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states.
communities, and other stakeholders to work together 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 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. Additionally, funding support is
provided to state and tribal response programs through a
separate mechanism.

Background

EPA has selected the City of Toledo for a Brownfields
Job Training and Development Demonstration Pilot. The
City of Toledo is the recipient of a Brownfields
Assessment Pilot focusing on the inventory and
assessment of brownfields in the City and a Targeted
Brownfields Site Assessment grant focusing on
assessment and redevelopment planning for the Stickney
West Industrial Park. The Job Training Pilot will focus
on neighborhoods affected by brownfields, primarily to
the north of the downtown. The targeted neighborhoods
closely correlate to the City of Toledo's state Enterprise
Zone. These neighborhoods are characterized by higher
rates of unemployment, poverty, and minority residents.
Poverty rates in these neighborhoods are as high as 60
percent and unemployment is as high as 31 percent
(based on the 1990 census).

The economy of the City of Toledo is depressed because
of the decline of traditional heavy industries in the area.
More than 100 brownfields have been identified that
continue to have a negative impact on economic
revitalization. Toledo's brownfields redevelopment
activities are accelerating, with public and private sector
investments in brownfields of approximately $1.38
billion over the past five years. These redevelopment
activities are projected to require hundreds of new
                   Pilot Snapshot

                   Date of Announcement: 05/01/2000
                   Amount: $200,000
                   Profile: The Pilot will train 100 participants as
                   environmental technicians. Students will be recruited
                   from unemployed and underemployed
                   African-American, Hispanic, and single mother
                   residents of the eight Toledo neighborhoods with the
                   heaviest concentration of brownfields. The City's
                   redevelopment efforts over the last five years have
                   generated approximately $1.38 billion of public and
                   private investments in brownfields redevelopment.

                   Contacts

                   For further information, including specific grant
                   contacts, additional grant information, brownfields
                   news and events, and publications and links, visit the
                   EPA Brownfields Web site
                   (http ://www .epa.gov/brownfields).

                   EPA Region 5 Brownfields Team
                   (312)886-7576
                   EPA Region 5 Brownfields Web site
                   (http://www.epa.gov/R5Brownfields)

                   Grant Recipient: City of Toledo, OH
                   (419)936-3757
                 Objectives

                 The City of Toledo plans to train 100 participants,
                 achieve an 80 percent placement rate, and support
                 career placement of graduates for one year after the
                 training is completed. Participants will be recruited from
                 unemployed and underemployed African-American,
                 Hispanic, and single mother residents of the eight
                 Toledo neighborhoods with the heaviest concentration
                 of brownfields. The Pilot training program will last
                 three months and include environmental awareness,
                 hazardous waste site operations, leadership and
                 supervisory training, hazardous waste management,
                 equipment operation, pollution prevention management,
                 sampling technology, and lead and asbestos abatement,
                 including training in the use of innovative assessment
  United States
  Environmental
  Protection Agency
  Washington, DC 20450
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complete projects that are planned or underway. Very
few environmental training programs are offered on a
regular basis by training institutions in the Toledo area.
Local environmental employers have indicated a need
for skilled workers to address brownfields in the City.
                  and cleanup technologies.

                  The City of Toledo's training efforts will be supported
                  by organizations such as the Lucas County Metropolitan
                  Housing Authority, Northwest Ohio Building Trades
                  Association, Owens Community College, Toledo
                  Metropolitan Area Council of Governments,
                  Association of General Contractors, Northwest Ohio
                  Building Trades Association, and several environmental
                  employers. Environmental professionals will volunteer
                  their time to deliver seminars on careers in the
                  environmental field as well as innovative and alternative
                  assessment and cleanup technologies.
                                                     Activities

                                                     Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:

                                                           Conducting outreach to recruit unemployed and
                                                            underemployed African-American, Hispanic, and
                                                            single mother residents of the eight Toledo
                                                            neighborhoods with the heaviest concentration of
                                                            brownfields;
                                                           Conducting brownfields technician training,
                                                            including courses in the use of innovative
                                                            assessment and cleanup technologies; and
                                                           Supporting career placement of students for one
                                                            year after the job training is completed.
                                                     The information presented in this fact sheet comes from
                                                     the grant proposal; EPA cannot attest to the accuracy of
                                                     this information. The cooperative agreement for the
                                                     grant has not yet been negotiated. Therefore, activities
                                                     described in this fact sheet are subject to change.
  United States
  Environmental
  Protection Agency
  Washington, DC 20450
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
EPA500-F-01-00-181
           May 00

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