Southern Tier - Elmira

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Downtown Elmira was selected as the winner of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative in the Southern Tier.

Strategically located between major commercial corridors, Elmira’s compact and walkable downtown is well positioned to become an active, desirable and diverse college community. Recent development has catered to the needs of new residents attracted by the recent growth of the region’s health care industry and impending college expansions. Under the DRI, Elmira will focus on attracting new businesses and skilled workers, strengthening arts and cultural attractions, expanding housing options for all income levels, and developing amenities to support and enhance downtown living and quality of life. The plan will include a greater variety of retail and housing, improving the aesthetics of downtown and capitalizing on natural assets such as the Chemung River.

Press Release Winning Application


Planning Committee
Planning Committee
Below is a list of Planning Committee Members for Elmira:
  • Daniel Mandell, Jr.,Mayor, City of Elmira (co-chair)
  • Michael Krusen, Southern Tier Economic Growth (co-chair)
  • Adam Bunce, Turtle Leaf Café
  • James  Capriotti, Capriotti Properties
  • Bruce Chalmers, H. Strauss Clothiers
  • Karen Cromer, Clemens Center
  • James  Gensel, Fagan Engineers
  • Betsey Hale, Three Rivers Corporation
  • Jennifer Herrick, Elmira Downtown Development
  • Robert  Lambert, Arnot Health
  • Anita Lewis, Economic Opportunity Program
  • Katherine Roehlke, F.M. Howell
  • Norman Smith, Elmira College
  • Victorian Strobel, Elmira College (student representative)
  • Richard Terry, LECOM
  • Jan van den Blink, Hilliard Corporation
  • Michael Wayne, Chemung Canal Trust Company
  • Jennifer Miller, City of Elmira Community Development (non-voting)
Meetings & Events
Meetings & Events


Please click the event listing(s) below for details and materials:

Downtown Elmira Local Planning Committee Meeting #1
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Downtown Elmira Local Planning Committee Meeting #2
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Downtown Elmira Public Engagement Event #1
Thursday, November 10, 2016

The online discussion below is intended to gather input from a diverse range of residents, business owners, property owners, workers, and visitors to Elmira’s downtown. Input will be used to help prioritize projects for funding by the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.  Click the button below to join the discussion:

Online Discussion

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