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Comprehensive Planning Resources in New York

We're bringing together all levels of government and the private sector to address regional challenges and build a sustainable economic future for our state.

Comprehensive planning is the essential process of defining a community’s goals and directing resources, over time, to achieve them. Through comprehensive planning, public, private, and non-profit sectors can work together to promote sustainable development.

Below is an overview of grant and funding opportunities for municipalities, businesses, and community organizations statewide to undertake projects that support a region’s sustainable development goals.

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Become Part of New York's Vision for a Sustainable Economic Future

Browse our directory of state programs for public, private, or not-for-profit organizations related to regional sustainable development.

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Economic Development

Based on your location, federal grant funds for economic and community development projects are available for local governments and non-profits statewide.


Affordable housing. Low income housing tax credits. Funding for housing projects benefit big and small NY businesses as well as hard working New York families.

Environment and Resilience

Programs centered around protecting public health and the environment include water quality planning, high-risk flooding issues, and public recreation opportunities.

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Building Stronger, Smarter and Greener


Creating cutting edge, clean energy projects in your region can benefit your community for generations. From single family homes to large-scale commercial buildings - NY has a variety of energy incentive programs.


From repaving our roadways to pedestrian safety plans - innovative transportation projects can help improve overall traffic congestion and improve our health by reducing auto-related air pollution.

Official Handbook

View the full version of the Sustainable Development & Collaborative Governance handbook - a one-stop-shop for state grants and programs.

Regional Sustainability Conferences

We will be holding a series of statewide events to bring together community development leaders to share successful economic growth strategies and build awareness of State resources available to local governments and nonprofits. The first conference was held on August 11, 2016. Below is video of Governor Cuomo's remarks at this first conference in Syracuse.