Brownfields 2001 Job Training Pilot Fact Sheet
               Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, Inc., Troy, NY
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 Troy Rehabilitation and
Improvement Program, Inc. (TRIP) for a Brownfields
Job Training and Development Demonstration Pilot. The
City of Troy's Brownfields Assessment Pilot program
will partner with TRIP. The City of Troy (population
54,000) is located 10 miles north of Albany on the
Hudson River. Both the Brownfields Assessment Pilot
and the Brownfields Job Training Pilot address a
distressed working class neighborhood within the
underused industrial waterfront area, which has been
designated a federal Enterprise Community and a state
Empire Zone. Neighborhoods in this area suffer from
unemployment rates as high as 13% and poverty rates as
high as 30%. Troy's population is 17% minority.

Years of decline in traditional manufacturing industries
have left mills, warehouses, and heavy industrial
facilities abandoned and deteriorating. The City of Troy
is in the process  of implementing the South Troy
Working Waterfront Revitalization Plan, a brownfields
redevelopment strategy that will add over 2,000 new
jobs, over one million square feet of new commercial
space, and over fifty acres of waterfront greenspace. The
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is
supporting brownfields redevelopment through $8
million in grant and loan funding. Demand for
                   Pilot Snapshot

                   Date of Announcement: 12/01/2000
                   Amount: $200,000
                   Profile: The Troy Brownfields Job Training Pilot
                   will train 50 participants as environmental
                   technicians. Students will be recruited from the City's
                   federal Enterprise Community, which contains many
                   brownfields created by past heavy industrial activities
                   along the City's waterfront.

                   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 2 Brownfields Team
                   (212)637-4309
                   EPA Region 2 Brownfields Web site
                   (http://www.epa.gov/region02/brownfields/)

                   Grant Recipient: City of Troy,NY
                   (518)272-8289
                 Objectives

                 TRIP plans to train 50 participants, achieve a 70%
                 placement rate, and support career placement of
                 graduates for one year after the training is completed.
                 Participants will be recruited from the distressed North
                 Central and South Troy neighborhoods, with a focus on
                 low-income residents, minority workers, recipients of
                 public assistance, and residents of subsidized housing.
                 The 230-hour Pilot training program includes the
                 Occupational Health and Safety Administration's
                 required training for hazardous waste workers, lead and
                 asbestos abatement, general construction and industrial
                 equipment operation, and brownfields assessment and
                 remediation, including training in the use of innovative
                 assessment and remediation technologies. Trainees will
                 learn cutting edge innovative technologies such as
                 bioventing, thermal desorption, phytoremediation, and
                 bioremediation.
  United States
  Environmental
  Protection Agency
  Washington, DC 20450
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
EPA 500-F-01-00-272
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more of the planned redevelopment projects are
implemented.
                  TRIP's training efforts will be supported by
                  organizations such as the City of Troy, Hudson Valley
                  Community College County Workforce Development
                  Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and local
                  groups such as the North Central Neighborhood
                  Association. Through the involvement of local
                  employers, the Troy Environmental Science Training
                  curriculum is being customized to produce technicians
                  capable of addressing regional hazardous waste issues.
                  Private sector supporters include River Street Planning
                  and Development, FASES Partners, Inc., Niagara
                  Mohawk Power Corporation, Weston, and Safety
                  Systems, Inc. An Advisory Board consisting of City
                  staff, Pilot partners, and additional neighborhood
                  residents will be established to oversee implementation
                  of the Brownfields Job Training Pilot.
                                                     Activities

                                                     Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:

                                                           Conducting outreach to recruit residents from the
                                                            distressed North Central and South Troy
                                                            neighborhoods;
                                                           Conducting environmental 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)
EPA 500-F-01-00-272
           Dec 00

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