The cities of East Palo Alto and Los Angeles are among 16 cities nationally that have been named Brownfields Showcase Communities. At least 15 federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, took part in selecting the projects. The designation recognizes problem-solving on the part of local government, and entitles the projects to additional federal funding and/or in-lieu services. In addition to funding and in-lieu services, the designation also entitles each community to a full-time "Community Builder" on the HUD payroll. In East Palo Alto, an impoverished community in otherwise affluent San Mateo County, city officials won the designation for efforts to remediate and redevelop a 130-acre redevelopment site. In a statement, federal officials praised East Palo Alto for "showing how a small community can successfully leverage resources through partnerships." "This program takes an economically marginalized and contaminated site, and makes it into a master-planned, R&D business park that could assist the city in job creation," said city manager Michael Bethke. "Otherwise, he added, "We have practically no options right now for (new) jobs in the city." Formerly the site of a pesticide plant, the Ravenswood site is contaminated with arsenic and requires remediation at a cost of $3 million to $5 million. Bethke said city officials hope to attract high-tech businesses to the redevelopment area. The Showcase Communities designation entitles the city to $1.6 million in funding and in-lieu services, including funds to pay the salary of the EPA staffer. Other services to the city include consultations with other federal agencies and assistance in grant writing. The City of Los Angeles won Showcase status for its proposal to remediate and develop two brownfield sites along the edges of the Alameda Corridor. A proposed 20-mile rail line between the harbor area and container yards southeast of downtown Los Angeles, the Alameda Corridor is intended to ease traffic congestion on major arteries serving the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Los Angeles has identified two sites: the 20-acre "Prison Site," named for now-abandoned plans to build a state prison there, and a 208-acre "Goodyear" site, also known as South Central Renaissance Industrial Park. For the latter project, the city has received $400,000 in EPA funds and has applied for a $1.7 million HUD Brownfields Economic Development Initiative, according to Lillian Kawasaki, General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Department.