Downtown Revitalization Initiative

Downtown Revitalization Initiative
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New York State's Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is a cornerstone of the State's economic development program. The DRI transforms downtown neighborhoods into vibrant centers that offer a high quality of life and are magnets for redevelopment, business, job creation, and economic and housing diversity. These compact, walkable downtowns are a key ingredient to helping New York State rebuild its economy from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to achieving the State’s bold climate goals by promoting the use of public transit and reducing dependence on private vehicles.

The DRI is led by the Department of State, in close partnership with Empire State Development, NYS Homes and Community Renewal and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Creating Vibrant Downtowns

DRI Round 7

Governor Hochul has announced the seventh round of the DRI along with the second round of NY Forward, a program targeted at revitalizing smaller and rural communities. This year, DRI will invest $100 million in 10 new communities to be selected by the REDCs, bringing the total amount of funding allocated for all rounds of DRI and NYF to $1 billion.


Intent to Apply (optional): August 18, 2023
(NYC ONLY) Borough President Office submittal: September 8, 2023 at 4:00 pm
Application submittal: September 29, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Participant Resources

Capacity-Building Webinars

A series of educational webinars providing municipalities with an overview of downtown revitalization and the steps required to renew and restore their downtowns. Click the link below to view recordings and register for upcoming webinars.

How it Works

Downtown Selection
Communities submit applications to the REDCs. Each REDC nominates one community to participate after a thorough evaluation of the downtown’s potential for transformation.
Strategic Planning
With technical assistance provided by the state, each participating community develops a Strategic Investment Plan that identifies specific projects that align with a unique vision for revitalization of the downtown area. Local planning committees oversee the effort.
Project Implementation
$9.7 million will be awarded in each DRI community to advance the most transformative projects from the Strategic Investment Plan. Additional projects may be implemented through the CFA or other funding sources.

Creating Vibrant Downtowns

DRI Round 6

Governor Hochul launched the sixth round of the DRI along with the first round of NY Forward, a new program for smaller and rural communities. For round six of the DRI, the State will invest $100 million in 10 new communities to be selected by the REDCs, bringing the total DRI state commitment to $700 million.

DRI in Focus

DRI Project Highlights

View a selection of case studies from successful DRI communities and projects.


Empire State Development

The Empire State Development promotes a vigorous and growing state economy, encourages business investment and job creation, and supports diverse, prosperous local economies across New York State.