Rockford to receive $400,000 federal grant for brownfield sites

Published: Jun. 24, 2019 at 2:40 PM CDT
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Rockford will receive $400,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The grant comes from the EPA's Brownfields Program, which provides grants and technical assistance to communities and states to safely clean up and sustainably reuse contaminated properties.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced the grant on Monday.

“I’m pleased to see these federal funds come back to our Congressional District to ensure Rockford is both safe and ready for business," Bustos said. "I’ll continue working with Mayor McNamara and community leaders so Rockford continues to be a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

Brownfield grant funds have helped with several redevelopment projects in Rockford, including the UW Health Sports Factory and the downtown Embassy Suites hotel.

“The city of Rockford is very excited for the Brownfield Assessment grant award,” said Rockford mayor Tom McNamara. "We will continue to utilize our brownfield grant funds in a manner most effective to reduce blight and turn brownfield properties into community assets.”