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.
How it Works
DRI in Focus
Highlights from Successful DRI Projects
CREATING VIBRANT PLACES FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE, WORK AND RAISE A FAMILY
DOS Community Infrastructure
Learn more about the Dept. of State’s Community Infrastructure Program and its role in increasing resilience and sustainable growth in NY’s communities.
Regional Economic Development Councils
The Regional Councils were established to transform the State’s approach to economic development to a community-based and performance-driven model.
HCR Office of Community Renewal
Learn more about the Office of Community Renewal and its role in strengthening the economic vitality of neighborhoods and downtowns.
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.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
NYSERDA offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and support to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.