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Downtown Revitalization Forum for Municipalities to be hosted in Watkins Glen

In collaboration with the Village of Watkins Glen, The Schuyler County Partnership is pleased to share that Watkins Glen will host a Downtown Revitalization forum for those municipalities interested in applying for the DRI or NY Forward Program.

This informational forum will be hosted on Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 12:30-4:30 pm. at the Seneca Lake Events Center at Clute Park, 586 East 4th Street, Watkins Glen, NY

New York Secretary of State Robert J. Rodriguez invites you to an afternoon forum in

Watkins Glen on the past, present, and future of Downtown Revitalization programs in the region.  Mayors and municipal officials from DRI communities, private stakeholders involved with the DRIs, and agency staff will provide advice, insights, lessons learned, and recommendations to inform future program applicants and awardees.

About the Downtown Revitalization Initiative & NY Forward

The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) and NY Forward program are cornerstones of the State's economic development policy. The DRI was created in 2016 to accelerate and expand the revitalization of downtowns and neighborhoods in all ten regions of the state to serve as centers of activity and catalysts for investment. NY Forward works in concert with the DRI to accelerate and expand the revitalization of smaller and rural downtowns throughout the State so that all communities can benefit from the State’s revitalization efforts, regardless of size, character, needs, and challenges.

Led by the Department of State—with assistance from Empire State Development, Homes and Community Renewal, and NYSERDA—the DRI and NY Forward represent an unprecedented and innovative "plan-then-act" strategy that couples strategic planning with immediate implementation and results. Both programs are creating a critical mass of vibrant downtowns in every region of the State that is enhancing economic development, quality of life, and socio-economic diversity.

For more details and to register, click HERE.

Pictured above: The Village Lofts, apartments developed and partially funded by the

2017 Watkins Glen $10-million-dollar Grant Award.


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