Herkimer, NY – A public open house for the Herkimer Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) will be held on Tuesday, May 21st, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. The event will take place behind the library (former Children’s Museum location) at 245 North Main Street, Herkimer, NY 13350. The public is invited to stop by at any time and browse an overview of the DRI program, provide input on their vision for the Herkimer DRI Area, and ask questions about the initiative, including the ongoing Open Call for Projects. 

The DRI Open House is one of several DRI events planned for May. The list includes: 

• Open Call for Projects Informational Webinar on Thursday, May 16th, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm (online event) 

• DRI Visioning and Information Booth at the Herkimer Downtown Chowdown in Myers Park on Monday, May 20th, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm 

• Herkimer DRI Public Open House at 245 North Main Street on Tuesday, May 21st, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm 

• Herkimer DRI Community Survey May 22nd – May 27th (online event) 

• Local Planning Committee Meeting #2 at Herkimer College – Conference Room CC 282/283 on Wednesday, May 29th, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm 

The NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) provides state funding to New York communities to foster vibrant downtowns across the state. The ultimate goal of the DRI is to 

fund projects that will help transform downtowns into vibrant communities where New Yorkers want to live, work, and raise families. 

As the Round Seven DRI winner for the Mohawk Valley, the Village of Herkimer will receive $10 million in funding from New York State Governor Kathy Hochul to develop and implement a Strategic Investment Plan for the downtown revitalization area. A Local Planning Committee made up of representatives of local businesses, institutions, and community groups is leading the effort, supported by a team of state planners and private sector experts. 

To learn more about these engagement opportunities, the Herkimer DRI program, or to subscribe to the mailing list, the public can visit https://www.herkimerdri.com. 

For any questions regarding meeting accessibility, the LPC, or DRI, please contact New York State Department of State (DOS) Project Manager Stefan Lutter at Stefan.Lutter@dos.ny.gov. 

About the Downtown Revitalization Initiative: 

The Downtown Revitalization Initiative 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. Led by the Department of State with assistance from Empire State Development, Homes and Community Renewal, and NYSERDA, the DRI represents an unprecedented and innovative “plan-then-act” strategy that couples strategic planning with immediate implementation and results in compact, walkable downtowns that 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 vehicles. 

In the first six years of the program, the state committed $700 million investing in 69 downtowns ripe for revitalization and that have the potential to become magnets for redevelopment, business, job creation, greater economic and housing diversity and opportunity. Participating communities are nominated by the state’s 10 Regional Economic Development Councils based on the downtown’s potential for transformation. Each community is awarded $10 million to develop a downtown strategic investment plan and implement key catalytic projects that advance the community’s vision for revitalization and leverage additional private and public investments. 

More information on the DRI is available here.