Governor Hochul has made downtown revitalization a
central component of the State’s economic development policy. The DRI and NY
Forward will accelerate and expand New York’s downtown revitalization.
NY’s downtowns are the heart and soul of our regions.
Utilizing the Department of State’s plan-then-act strategy, the synergy between the DRI and NY Forward connects the renaissance of magnet cities with the revitalization of smaller downtowns – creating greater opportunities for New York residents, businesses and visitors.
New York State's Downtown Revitalization Initiative
(DRI) is a cornerstone of the State's economic development program. The DRI
transforms downtown neighborhoods into vibrant centers that offer a high
quality of life and are magnets for redevelopment, business, job creation, and
economic and housing diversity. These compact, walkable downtowns are a key
ingredient to helping New York State rebuild its economy from the effects of
the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to achieving the State’s bold climate goals by
promoting the use of public transit and reducing dependence on private