The Regional Brownfields Partnership (RBP) is a committee hosted by NVCOG who are working together to meet the collective redevelopment challenges that brownfields present in the region.
The RBP grew out of the Naugatuck Valley Brownfields Pilot program established by an EPA grant in 1996. Over 20 years later, it has expanded to encompass 27 cities and towns in west-central Connecticut. The RBP is geographically diverse, representing a collection of historic downtowns, neighborhood centers, and surrounding suburban and rural communities extending north to south from Winsted to Shelton and west to east from Newtown to Southington.
• Ansonia • Beacon Falls •Berlin •Bethlehem •Bristol •Burlington •Cheshire •Derby •Naugatuck •New Britain •Newtown •Oxford •Plainville •Plymouth •Prospect •Shelton •Southbury •Southington •Seymour •Shelton •Thomaston •Torrington •Waterbury •Watertown •Winchester •Woodbury •Wolcott
The RBP is made up of Municipal Member representatives and community partners who are invested in transforming brownfields into community assets. The RBP functions by collecting annual membership dues from its municipal members; in turn NVCOG staff provides municipal members with access to federal and state brownfields subgrants and loans, as well as guidance and expertise on how to navigate the environmental assessment, remediation and clean–up process.
Benefits of Being an RBP Municipal Member:
- Access to low interest loans and sub-grants to fund brownfields assessment or cleanup projects.
- Technical assistance including initial site investigations and project management support.
- Access to other members in the region to learn best practices of brownfield assessment and remediation.
- Assistance in accessing other state, federal and philanthropic resources
Technical Assistance Available for RBP Municipal Members
NVCOG brownfields’ staff can provide technical assistance to RBP Member Municipalities conducting environmental planning, assessment, and remediation projects. At the request of the Chief-Elected Official of an RBP community, the NVCOG brownfield team can assist with a variety of technical assistance including:
Initial Site Investigations: Upon request, NVCOG staff can assist with researching and reviewing past environmental assessments conducted on the site, site ownership, historical use, current use, history of transfer, water resources on or adjacent the site, in addition to reviewing files available through CT DEEP and meeting with local Chief Elected Officials and staff.
Additional services: If a municipality wishes to explore opportunities for redevelopment and the site is a strong candidate for investment, additional technical assistance including preparation of grant applications, preparation of liability relief applications, project management and strategy development may be offered as part of a grant or for a fee with services provided on an as-needed basis.
Non-Municipal RBP Members
NVCOG is looking to expand our non-municipal membership base. Currently, some non–municipal members include the Housatonic Valley Association, the Naugatuck Valley Project, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Central CT Chamber of Commerce. Non-municipal members that are 501(c)(3)’s are eligible to apply for brownfield sub-grants and loans, however they must receive a letter of support from their municipality and the municipality must be a member of the RBP.
Non-municipal members can also benefit from joining by keeping abreast of the brownfield funding coming available, advocate for their communities by reaching out to their municipal RBP member representative to highlight and promote sites that are in need of attention and advocate for the communities they represent. Non-municipal members are welcome to meetings of the RBP Executive Committee, the annual RBP meeting and participate in future workshops, webinars and educational offerings that will happen throughout the year.
Benefits of being a non-municipal member include:
- Access to EPA assessment and clean up sub-grants and loans for brownfields projects
- Learn more about the process of brownfield remediation and cleanup to keep your communities educated and informed
- Advocate for sites located in your community that could benefit from funding
- Attend the annual meeting with educational speakers and all RBP members
- Use the RBP as a partner or reference in grant writing or funding applications
- Coming soon: Take part in webinars, workshops and continual brownfield educational opportunities
If your organization is in located in one of the 27 communities of the RBP and is interested in becoming a member of the RBP please reach out to Senior Planner, Lesley Barewin at Lbarewin@nvcogct.gov
How does the RBP function?
Each of the 27 municipal members appoints one representative who has the authority to represent the Member municipality at meetings and participates in electing the Executive Board members. Non-municipal members can appoint one representative to the RBP, but they do not having voting rights to elect the Executive Board. Municipal members pay annual dues, however community groups and other nonprofit partners are welcome at no charge.
The Executive Board is composed of a Chair, a Vice-Chair, a Secretary/Treasurer and two municipal members. All members of the Executive Board are elected at the annual meeting occurring in odd years to serve their 2-year term of office.
Officers on the Executive Board serve a two-year term and are elected at the annual meeting by a vote. The Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary/Treasurer are elected in odd years and the 2 additional municipal board members are elected in even years.
What does the Executive Board do?
The RBP Executive Board meets at least quarterly to discuss grant and loan projects with staff and is responsible for reviewing grant and loan applications to NVCOG’s Assessment Program. Additionally it advocates for partnerships on projects, informs their communities they represent on funding opportunities, volunteers to help keep the Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP) project selection process informed, fair and transparent, discusses governance, provides proof to funders that the RBP is intact and functioning and supports brownfield educational outreach.
Current RBP Executive Board Members
Chair: Roy Cavanaugh, Town of Watertown
Vice Chair: Sheila O’Malley, City of Ansonia
Secretary/Treasurer: Jim Nardozzi, City of Waterbury
Municipal Member: Ron Pugliese, Borough of Naugatuck
Municipal Member: Chris Edge, Town of Berlin
RBP Revolving Loan Fund Committee
The Revolving Loan Fund Committee, a sub-committee of the RBP, is responsible for reviewing grant and loan applications to NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund.
Applications for RLF loans and subgrants are accepted on a rolling basis as funds are available. As applications are received, the RLF sub-committee meets to review grant and loan applications to ensure eligibility has been met and to oversee grant and loan agreements with current sub-awardees and borrowers.
RBP Revolving Loan Fund Committee Members
First Selectman Kurt Miller Seymour
First Selectman Ed Mone, Thomaston
Mayor N. Warren Hess, Naugatuck
Mayor Mark Lauretti, Shelton
Mayor Neil O’Leary, Waterbury
For more information on our RLF program click here.
When does the RBP meet?
All members of the RBP meet at the Annual meeting typically held in September. The RBP Executive Board meets quarterly or whenever there are assessment projects under consideration for funding.
All members of the RBP are invited to attend and participate in the Executive Board meetings. Meeting times are listed on the NVCOG calendar and on our Facebook page at least 2 days prior to a meeting with the proposed agenda.
Members of the Revolving Loan Fund sub-committee meet when a new subgrant or loan application is received for a cleanup project and vetted by NVCOG staff.
RBP Membership Questions
If you have general questions regarding RBP membership please email:
Senior Planner, Lesley Barewin at LBarewin@nvcogct.gov