Tax Base Revitalization Account (TBRA)

Focus on building tax base and jobs

TBRA provides $5 million annually to investigate and clean up brownfields — contaminated land, ground water, or buildings — for redevelopment. TBRA provides key support for a wide range of projects, from affordable and market rate multi‐family housing to commercial and industrial redevelopment.

Investment Goals

  • Clean up contaminated sites in the 7‐county metropolitan region
  • Increase communities’ local tax base
  • Add or preserve living wage jobs
  • Produce affordable housing
  • Expand each community’s range of housing choices
  • Develop compactly
  • Efficiently use existing transit and sewer services
  • Encourage use of existing parks or walking trails
  • Support projects that are poised for redevelopment

Vital Partnerships

A competitive application relies on a public‐private partnership between a city, county or local development authority and a private developer or land‐owner to complete a redevelopment. Typically programs at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), and Hennepin/Ramsey County complement TBRA awards.

Intelligent Investments

From 1996-2018, the Metropolitan Council awarded 501 brownfield investigation and cleanup grants totaling over $137M million to projects in 45 cities and towns. New and completed projects are helping to leverage billions of dollars in private investment, create and maintain 44,000 jobs and clean up more than 2,000 acres of contaminated properties.

2019 TBRA Funding Schedule

  • May 1 - Spring applications due for TBRA Site Investigation, Cleanup and SEED Programs
  • July - Spring funding round awarded
  • November 1 - Fall applications due for TBRA Site Investigation, Cleanup and SEED Programs
  • January - Fall funding round awarded

Technical Assistance

You are invited to a panel presentation on $8M in local public grants to clean up contaminated sites on September 5. Help is available for redevelopments with new jobs or affordable housing units that add to the local tax base. Tour a multi-tenant industrial building developed by the Ryan Companies after the session. (RSVP required.) For more information go to the event details. For individual assistance or to arrange a tour of your prospective project site, contact us.

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