The CUPPAD Regional Commission partners with local communities to promote economic development by returning brownfield properties to active commercial, industrial or municipal use. Brownfields are abandoned, idled sites that have, or are suspected to have environmental contamination from previous uses and have development potential. Revitalization of these sites will help communities growth by creating employment opportunities, and the enhance community's appearance.

The CUPPAD Regional Commission can assist local communities in several ways:

Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities
Assistance is available to establish a Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. CUPPAD staff will met with local communities to draft the appropriate resolutions to establish a Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities identify and plan for the reuse of brownfield properties. Additional information on Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities and a list of Authorities in the state is available at or

Brownfield Redevelopment Plan
Once an Authority is established, the Authority is empowered to adopt a Brownfield Redevelopment Plan. The CUPPAD Regional Commission can assist a local community in drafting a Plan. The Plan allows for the capture of tax incremental financing to reimburse the developer for eligible activities at a brownfield site. The Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act ( Act 381) help level the playing
field for brownfield properties that would otherwise be unable to compete with greenfield
space for development.

Brownfield Grants and Loans
The Michigan Department of Environment Quality offers grants and loans for environmental assessments and cleanups at properties with known or suspected contamination. Funds are targeted to projects that promote economic development and reuse of brownfield properties. Staff of the CUPPAD Regional Commission is available to assist communities with development and submission of grant applications. Information on grants and loans through the DEQ is available at

For information regarding Brownfields, contact CUPPAD or email Peter VanSteen

Questions? Call us at 906-786-9234 or
Toll free at 1-800-562-9828 or email us.


Partners in Planning
Serving: Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Marquette, Menominee
and Schoolcraft Counties