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Upper Coastal Plain Brownfields Coalition Receives Innovation Award

Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments received a 2017 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) on behalf of the Regional Brownfields Coalition. To date, the Coalition has received over $800,000 from the US Environmental Protection Agency to assess contamination on properties and to determine with the State Department of Environmental Quality and owners how to protect public health and the environment during redevelopment and reuse.  These funds have helped leverage over $58 million in documented redevelopment supporting hundreds of new jobs in throughout Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, and Wilson Counties.  Some key projects the public may be familiar with include the Downtown Community Facility and Monk to Mill Trail in Rocky Mount, as well as the Patterson Mill and Sonrise Industrial Sites in Roanoke Rapids.  Numerous small-town projects like a public library, local grocery, dry cleaners, and fueling stations have also been assisted over the years.   At this year’s Annual Banquet on November 22nd, certificates were presented to the Brownfields Coalition Members in recognition of the partnership’s cumulative efforts.