Florida Brownfields Program Facilitates Job Creation, Capital Investment

TALLAHASSEE –This week, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection released its Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Program Annual Report for fiscal year 2012-13, which highlights job creation efforts and projects new capital investment of $107 million to date in 2013. The annual report is submitted to the Governor, Florida Senate President and Florida Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The Florida Brownfields Program facilitates redevelopment and job creation by empowering communities, local governments and other stakeholders to work together to assess, clean up and reuse sites that may have been previously impacted by pollutants. Brownfields are properties where expansion, redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of environmental pollution.

Established in 1997, the Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Program utilizes economic and regulatory incentives to encourage the use of private revenue to restore and redevelop sites, create new jobs and boost the local economy. Partners in the Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Program include local governments, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Economic Opportunity and Enterprise Florida, Inc.

“Florida’s Brownfields Program continues to facilitate the successful redevelopment of underutilized areas throughout the state,” said Jorge Caspary, Director of the Division of Waste Management. “This program not only makes it possible to mitigate contaminated sites, but also creates jobs and stimulates the economy in the process.”

Since inception of the program, 64 contaminated sites have been cleaned up, more than 50,000 confirmed and projected direct and indirect jobs have been created and $2.4 billion in capital investment has been made in designated brownfield areas. To make the program’s incentives available to a community, a local government must designate a brownfields area by resolution. Local governments have designated 341 current brownfield areas statewide.

The annual report identifies the accomplishments of the program and benefits to Florida in the last fiscal year:

  • Brownfield Area Designations: 22
  • Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreements: 20
  •  Site Rehabilitation Completion Orders: 9
  •  Voluntary Cleanup Tax Credits for Brownfield Sites: 54, totaling $5,470,181

Projected Capital Investment

  • Calendar Year 2012: $823,564,841
  • Calendar Year 2013 (to date): $107,405,000

 Projected New Direct and Indirect Jobs

  •  Calendar Year 2012:17,182
  •  Calendar Year 2013 (to date): 3,810

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