Downtown Revitalization Initiative

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Downtown Revitalization Initiative

The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is a $100 million effort to improve the urban vitality of city centers across New York State. The initiative will invest $10 million in each of 10 communities, transforming downtown neighborhoods into vibrant communities where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live, work and raise families.

The state’s Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) nominated the 10 DRI communities after thoroughly evaluating each downtown’s potential for transformation. To guide the use of the $10 million DRI awards, the 10 communities developed and submitted Strategic Investment Plans that identify specific projects that align with a unique vision for revitalization of their downtown area. Award announcements are scheduled for early June, 2017.

The DRI communities are:

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

The DRI is chaired by former New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales, along with a team of planners from the Department of State and private sector experts, with support from Empire State Development, the Division of Homes and Community Renewal, and other state agencies.

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

Revitalizing New York's Downtown Neighborhoods

Governor Cuomo announced the 10 DRI winners in the summer of 2016. Watch as Downtown Middletown is selected as the winner of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative in the Mid-Hudson Region.


Office of Planning and Development

Learn more about the Office of Planning and Development and their role in increasing resilience and sustainable growth in New York'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 their role in their role in strengthening the economic vitality of neighborhoods and downtowns and supporting community development.