History of the Clean Ohio Fund
The Clean Ohio program was Ohio’s main source of funding for a variety of environmental expenditures ranging from farmland preservation to conservation of ecologically sensitive areas. Clean Ohio’s brownfield redevelopment program awarded over $400 million in grants for assessment or remediation of brownfields from 2002 to 2013, which leveraged $4 billion in private dollars. One hundred twenty-seven communities, in 61 Ohio counties, received assistance from the Fund. The program ended in 2013 due to state budget cuts.
Projects completed through the clean ohio revitalization fund
The Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund (CORF) was part of the larger Clean Ohio Fund that was created in 2000. CORF’s goal was to remediate and redevelop brownfield sites across the state. Through its involvement in 164 projects, the fund played an integral role in the cleanup of thousands of acres of contaminated land. The developments that occurred after remediation have had widespread economic impacts in the form of increased tax revenues, new jobs, and updated infrastructure. Grants from the fund have often been the catalyst needed to transform a site that had historically been a burden on a community.
Before and After: the successes of The Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund
Through its involvement in 164 projects, CORF played an integral role in the cleanup of thousands of acres of contaminated land.
Towards Clean ohio 2.0:
A survey of community leaders
Members of the community – ranging from city officials to bankers – felt that the Clean Ohio program was a success, and would like to see it return.