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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced $200 million is available for the fifth round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. DRI Round 5 will provide these funds to communities across the 10 Regional Economic Development Council regions to bring new life to their downtowns through a comprehensive strategic planning process, followed by the implementation of key projects. The fifth round is being launched as New York State rebuilds its economy from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re marking the Downtown Revitalization Initiative’s fifth year by doubling down on our commitment to help reimagine communities across the state, especially as we prepare for a post-pandemic future,” Governor Cuomo said. “The DRI is a cornerstone of New York’s comprehensive economic development strategy to drive investment and job creation in downtowns across the state. Our investments will support new and existing businesses, drive new mixed-use developments and bolster the arts and cultural venues to help attract residents and visitors for years to come.”

“Vibrant downtowns and Main Streets are vital for every community across New York to thrive,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. “As we launch the fifth round of our Downtown Revitalization Initiative, we will continue to promote smart growth strategies that advance transit-oriented development, spur economic and cultural investment, and give small businesses a much-needed boost.”

As part of DRI Round 5, each REDC region may receive up to two awards for a total of $20 million awarded per region. REDCs will decide whether to nominate two $10 million awardees or one $20 million awardee for transformative and catalytic downtown redevelopment projects upon review of the submitted applications. As is the case with past DRI rounds, each selected community will develop a strategic plan that articulates a vision for the revitalization of its downtown and identifies a list of signature projects that have the potential to transform the downtown. DRI funds will then be awarded for selected projects that have the greatest potential to jumpstart revitalization and realize the community’s vision for the downtown.

Engagement Opportunities

Inclusive community engagement is vital to successful DRI planning and implementation. The public will be kept informed of progress and invited to proactively contribute ideas throughout the development of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. This website is part of that process.

The public outreach strategy will be outlined by the Local Planning Committee in a Public Engagement Plan. Notices of public meetings, events, and opportunities to provide feedback will be posted on this website and publicized through print, media, and online channels. Please check back regularly for updates.

Community DRI Open House – Wednesday, August 18th from 7-9 pm at the Travelodge – 20 Albany Street.

Open Call for Project Proposals

The Little Falls Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) aims to fund projects that will help transform the downtown neighborhood into a vibrant community where New Yorkers want to live, work, play, and raise families. The Local Planning Committee (LPC) invites the submission of such project proposals to be considered for DRI funding. Submissions will be evaluated by the LPC with input from the public. Successful submissions will be included in the Strategic Investment Plan and recommended for funding to the State. Please note that submission of projects through this call and the Strategic Investment Plan does not guarantee funding: the final selection of projects and funding amounts will be made by the State.

Submission Deadline – August 20, 2021

To be considered, project proposals must be submitted electronically or in hard copy by the deadline above and must adhere to the eligibility requirements outlined in the submission form.

Instructions:

  • ​Please read the eligibility and evaluation criteria outlined in the submission form before beginning your submission.
  • Please fill out a submission form, addressing each question as completely as possible and including relevant documentation.
  • Supplemental information, which may strengthen your proposal, can be included as attachments. If available, please provide supporting documentation such as:
    • Photos
    • Project Plans / Floor Plans
    • Design Renderings
    • Studies / Reports
    • Detailed Cost Estimates
    • Other (please specify)
  • Submit your proposal by the deadline in one of the following ways:
    • Electronic Submission (preferred): Download the PDF submission form below. Email the completed form and supplemental attachments to the address below with the subject line “Little Falls DRI Submission: [Project Name]”. Please send large attachments (over 25 MB) as links.
    • Joseph Wicks – jwicks@foundationhoc.org
    • Hard copy submissions: Hard copies of the submission form are available at Little Falls City Hall. They can also be printed using the form below. Please mail or hand-deliver the completed form with supplemental attachments to:
    • Attn: Joseph Wicks
      Community Foundation
      2608 Genesee Street
      Utica, NY 13502

​Questions regarding this call for proposals may be submitted in writing to info@littlefallsdri.com

Submission Form: Downtown DRI Questionnaire 08032021

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