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SMPDC Brownfields Program - GSMSummit 2014, Chuck Morgan

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Why plan for growth and change, when it seems so much easier to simply react?

When there is a distinct and shared vision for your community - when residents, businesses and local government anticipate a sustainable town with cohesive and thriving neighborhoods - you have the power to conserve your beautiful natural spaces, enhance your existing downtown or Main Street, enable rural areas to be productive and prosperous, and save money through efficient use of existing infrastructure.

This is the dollars and sense of smart growth.

Success is clearly visible in Maine, from the creation of a community-built senior housing complex and health center in Fort Fairfield to conservation easements creating Forever Farms to Rockland's revitalized downtown. Communities have options. We have the power to manage our own responses to growth and change.

After all, “Planning is a process of choosing among those many options. If we do not choose to plan, then we choose to have others plan for us.” - Richard I. Winwood

And in the end, this means that our children and their children will choose to make Maine home and our economy will provide the opportunities to do so.

The Summit offers you a wonderful opportunity to be a part of the transformative change in Maine that we’ve seen these gatherings produce. We encourage you to consider the value of being actively involved in growing Maine’s economy and protecting the reasons we choose to live here.

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SMPDC Brownfields Program - GSMSummit 2014, Chuck Morgan

  1. 1. Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission Chuck Morgan Economic Development Director
  2. 2. SMPDC Brownfields Program • Started in 2004 with a Hazardous Substance Assessment Grant • $1.4 million in Hazardous Substance and Petroleum Assessment Funds • Completed over 25 Phase I and Phase II Assessments • $4.35 million in Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Funds from regular and supplemental loan funds • Funded seven loan projects and nine subgrants
  3. 3. Brownfields = Economic Development
  4. 4. The Straw That Stirs the Drink
  5. 5. Unique Aspects of SMPDC’s Brownfields Program • Use Assessment Program to “graduate” RLF clients • Actively work with EPA and Maine DEP to make the program user friendly to developers and municipalities • Create a broad portfolio of projects • Focus on projects that support downtown redevelopment efforts
  6. 6. North Berwick Woolen Mill •MSHA subsidy (soft second) •State Historic Tax Credits •Federal Historic Tax Credits •Tax Increment Financing •MSHA Low Income Housing Tax Credits (4%) •SMPDC EPA Brownfields Grant
  7. 7. South Berwick Public Library • SMPDC EPA Assessment and RLF funds • Town of South Berwick • Friends of South Berwick Library Fundraising • In-kind services from local businesses
  8. 8. North Dam Mill •SMPDC EPA Brownfields Revolving Loan fund •Private financing

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