Brownfields Redevelopment Program Overview
The Tennessee Brownfields Redevelopment Program works with the public to assist in the re-use and revitalization of brownfields in Tennessee. Many properties in Tennessee previously used as gas stations, drycleaners, factories, or other potentially contaminated properties that may have contamination from unknown sources qualify as brownfields.
The United States Protection Agency defines Brownfields as real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
The Voluntary Cleanup, Oversight and Assistance Program (VOAP) was created under Tennessee statute in 2001 and supports the redevelopment and revitalization of brownfields to protect the environment, reuse existing infrastructure, minimize urban sprawl and create economic opportunities. A helpful tool to get started understanding redeveloping brownfields is the Tennessee Brownfields Redevelopment Toolbox.
Increasingly, brownfields redevelopment has become an important part of economic development and community revitalization strategies in Tennessee. The Tennessee Brownfields Redevelopment Program staff partnered with the Center for Economic Research in Tennessee to develop a paper demonstrating the connection between redeveloping brownfields and economic development.