New York's 2016/17 Budget has Good News for BOA Communities
Governor Cuomo's proposed spending for the Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) program was agreed to by the Legislature; the BOA program will now be funding through the Environmental Protection Fund.
NPCR is a valuable resource for municipalities and non-profit organizations invested in stakeholder-driven revitalization of brownfields in their communities. A not-for-profit organization, NPCR advances the renewal of New York’s low and moderate income neighborhoods and communities of color through the redevelopment of brownfield sites. Through its roundtables, forums, and summits, NPCR facilitates discussions on the challenges communities face in their revitalization efforts. NPCR translates those discussions into advocacy for legislation, policies, and programs that advance community-identified needs and priorities, particularly on behalf of those communities burdened with poverty and multiple brownfield sites.
Take a look at the first ever study of the Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program!
For the 2015/2016 academic year, NPCR worked with five graduate students - a "Capstone Team" from NYU's Wagner School of Urban Planning - on a project that may change the way State government thinks about community revitalization.
As a long-time champion of the BOA program, NPCR felt it was important to know – and to be able to explain – whether and how the BOA approach serves communities burdened with brownfields. The Capstone team spent eight months developing research instruments and metrics, gathering data, and undertaking the first ever, comprehensive, qualitative and quantitative assessment of the BOA program.
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On Friday, May 13, 2016, NPCR held its Annual Brownfields Forum at the MetroTech Center in Brooklyn, with presentations on equitable development, evolving brownfields policy, a new groundbreaking study of the BOA program, and more.