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Upstate Revitalization Initiative

The New York Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) is part of an overall program aimed at systematically revitalizing the economy of Upstate New York. Modeled after the success of the Buffalo Billion Initiative, the URI is an opportunity for the communities of upstate New York to address the economic challenges of their regions and work together in bringing jobs back upstate. In January of this year Governor Cuomo along with other community and business leaders announced the URI program and the partnership between the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC).

The URI competition focuses on seven upstate regions:

Capital Region
Central New York
Finger Lakes
Mohawk Valley
North Country
Southern Tier

The three regions that make the most compelling argument will be designated as “Best Plan Awardees” in the URI competition and will receive $500 million each that will go to projects identified by the REDCs.


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.

The Plan

Public Participation

The REDCs will undertake public participation and region wide consensus building efforts. Information about these activities is contained on the web pages of each region.

Focus on Transformational Changes to the Regional Economy

Applications for URI support from the REDCs will be evaluated on their ability to make transformational and sustainable improvements to the regional economy. The REDCs plan must make a compelling case that the region will be able to increase jobs and private sector investment throughout the region.

Complementing the REDC Awards

The regions that do not receive portions of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative will be considered for the majority of this year’s $750 million in REDC Awards. With fewer regions competing for the majority of these funds, each region will be positioned to receive far more funding than in years past.

Revitalizing Upstate New York's Economy

Watch video of Governor Cuomo outlining the plan in Rochester.