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EPA Administrator Participates in Spartanburg ReGenesis Project Celebration

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(June 30, 2015/FOX Carolina) (June 30, 2015/FOX Carolina)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, along with State Representative Harold Mitchell, Jr., and various federal state and local officials, along with private sector representatives participated in a tour and celebration of the ReGenesis Project, a successful collaboration credited with revitalizing Spartanburg, and the surrounding community on Tuesday.

Founded by State Representative Mitchell, the ReGenesis Project's mission was to represent neighborhood interests in cleaning up contaminated sites and revitalizing the surrounding community in Spartanburg. 

Mitchell did a presentation at the White House on how the ReGenesis Project made an impact in Spartanburg and it convinced the EPA Administrator to come to Spartanburg and see it firsthand on Tuesday.

ReGenesis leveraged an initial $20,000 grant from the EPA Office of Environmental Justice into more than $270 million in revitalization, clean up, housing, job training, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and infrastructure.

Today's events highlighted the project's longevity by demonstrating its sustainability as a successful public-private community partnership, involving residents, local industry, and government agencies at the local, state, and federal level. The partnership was recently honored by the American Planning Association, receiving the National Planning Excellent Award for Advancing Diversity and Social Change (in honor of Paul Davidoff).

As a result, the partnership led to a series of community design charrettes and a new vision for both neighborhoods. Area residents have experienced significant progress. They now benefit from a new, $2 million community recreation center, new housing, a much needed highway, additional green space, and new job opportunities.

Mitchell was working with Sen. Pinckney on bill H3874 involving renewable energy before the senator was tragically killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church. 

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