Downtown Revitalization Initiative Round One

TOP Downtown Revitalization Initiative Round One

Recognizing that companies are increasingly seeking to relocate and invest in vibrant, walkable downtowns in an effort to attract and retain a talented workforce, Governor Cuomo launched the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), a $100 million effort to improve the vitality of urban centers across New York State.

In 2016, ten communities were identified by the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) to participate in the DRI. The State facilitated a community planning process that resulted in a Strategic Investment Plan for each community. To fully leverage the impact of the DRI, Local Planning Committees identified projects that totaled in excess of the available DRI funds to ensure a continued pipeline of projects ready for funding within the community. In the summer of 2017, the Governor announced the projects that will receive implementation funding through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

Communities selected in Round One of the DRI were:

Capital Region - Glens Falls
Central New York - Oswego
Finger Lakes - Geneva
Long Island - Westbury
Mid-Hudson - Middletown
Mohawk Valley - Oneonta
New York City - Jamaica
North Country - Plattsburgh
Southern Tier - Elmira
Western New York - Jamestown