In May 2022, Thrive West Central secured an Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Assessment grant. The award of $400,000 will enable Thrive to partner with the Vermillion County Redevelopment Commission to complete activities that to will assess, inventory, characterize brownfield properties, create a comprehensive brownfield plan, and develop site-specific reuse plans. This project will include community involvement activities that educate and elicit public participation regarding reuse options. This project aims to encourage the revitalization and reuse of brownfield sites within Vermilion County and reverse these properties’ effects on local communities. The project will be completed by August 2025.
EPA funding to assist in addressing brownfields in towns that do not have the resources. Taking advantage of this financial assistance will further VCRC’s commitment to redeveloping brownfields and increase investment opportunities. This project lays a firm foundation for improving the county’s economy through the assessment, cleanup, reuse, and revitalization of abandoned, unused, blighted properties. Successful project completion will put the county in good standing for potential funding to conduct clean-up and reuse efforts of identified sites.