Tax Base Revitalization Account (TBRA)

TBRA provides $5 million annually to investigate and clean up brownfields -  contaminated land, ground water, or buildings - for redevelopment.  As one of the Metropolitan Council’s Livable Communities funding accounts, TBRA provides key support for a wide range of projects, from affordable and market rate multi‐family housing to commercial and industrial redevelopment.

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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 1996-2013, the Metropolitan Council awarded 370 pollution cleanup grants totaling over $99 million to projects in 45 cities and towns. New and completed projects are projected to net over $96 million increase in annual net tax capacity and more than 43,000 new and retained jobs.

Applicant Resources

Applications for the spring round of TBRA funding are due on May 1st. 


Application Materials

All 2015 applications will be handled through the Council's online WebGrants application. Application guides will be posted on the web site following the Council's adoption of the 2015 Livable Communities Fund Distribution Plan. The Plan is expected to be adopted at the March 25th Council meeting. Resources listed below are from 2014 and will be replaced online as soon as possible after the Plan is adopted. 

Reference Materials


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