The mission of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation is to strengthen the Rhode Island economy through policies, programs, and projects, which enhance and enrich the business environment for public and private sectors in order to create prosperity for all Rhode Islanders.
The goals and objectives of the Brownfields program are to:
The following are some of the programs the partnership aims to coordinate:
• Clean up, and return to productive uses, the State's brownfields in order to create jobs,contribute to the tax base, eliminate potential health risks and reclaim public enjoyment of natural resources;
• Provide appropriate protection of the natural resources of the State from any further environmental degradation;
• Leverage private and public funds to create jobs, community revitalization and economic growth;
• Involve community groups as part of the brownfields cleanup decision-making process; and
• Improve the quality of life and promote environmental justice in neighborhoods near and around the State's brownfields.
Rhode Island is recognized as a leader in brownfields cleanup and redevelopment. Reflecting our commitment to and success in redeveloping brownfields, RIEDC has received numerous brownfields grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, described below, that enable us to further these critical efforts.
At the time Rhode Island received its original grants from EPA, there were virtually no private funding resources in the State to finance the cleanup of brownfields. That was a critical factor in the previous lack of brownfields redevelopment, and contributed to the proliferation of urban sprawl.