Downtown Revitalization Initiative

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Downtown Revitalization Initiative

Now in its second year, Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), is transforming downtown neighborhoods into vibrant communities where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live, work and raise families.

Participating communities are nominated by the state’s ten Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) based on the downtown’s potential for transformation, and each community is awarded $10 million to develop a downtown strategic investment plan and implement key catalytic projects that advance the community’s vision for revitalization.

Communities selected in Round Two of the DRI were:

Capital Region - Hudson
Central New York - Cortland
Finger Lakes - Batavia
Long Island - Hicksville (Oyster Bay)
Mid-Hudson - Kingston
Mohawk Valley - Rome
New York City - Bronx
North Country - Watertown
Southern Tier - Watkins Glen
Western New York - Olean

The DRI is chaired by New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, and supported by private sector experts funded by Empire State Development, and a team of planners from the Department of State and the NYS Homes and Community Renewal. Other agencies are also involved in reviewing and implementing projects.

Creating Vibrant Places for People to Live, Work and Raise a Family

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.