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General Resources & Information

For general information about the New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) program, please visit https://www.ny.gov/Programs/Downtown-Revitalization-Initiative

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DRI Boundary

The DRI area, shown below, is approximately .45 miles long from north to south and approximately 0.3 miles wide from west to east and includes the downtown core and surrounding assets. The DRI area must be a compact, walkable urban core. The boundary was adjusted by the Local Planning Committee in during the first LPC meeting to incorporate all the potential projects included in the DRI Herkimer. Click the map to open a larger image.

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Local Planning Committee

Co-Chair: Dana Sherry, Mayor, Village of Herkimer

Co-Chair: Dr. Renee Scialdo Shevat, Member, Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council

  • John Piseck, CEO, Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency IDA

  • Nick Laino, Officer in Charge, Herkimer County Community College

  • Michele Hummel, Executive Director, Herkimer next

  • Bob Brenchley, Regional President, Adirondack Bank

  • Chris Connolly, Representative, Herkimer 9

  • Tammy Crossway, Business Owner, Renewed & Rescused

  • Amanda Whalen, Clean Energy Community Coordinator Mohawk Valley Economic Development District (MVEDD)

  • Rich Rhymestine, VP of Operations, Riverhawk Company

  • Maria Lindsay, Middle School Principal, Herkimer Central School District

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Downtown Vision 
"Set in the heart of the Mohawk Valley Region, framed by the fertility and natural beauty of the Mohawk
River, Erie Canal, and West Canada Creek, the Village of Herkimer is a jewel with multiple facets. The
pedestrian-friendly Main Street corridor is a brilliant mix of modern amenities, greenways, historic
architecture, and art that builds on Herkimer’s manufacturing, food production, and basketball legacy.
From the eclectic retail and entertainment district where residents and visitors alike visit specialty shops
and dine at unique restaurants, to the numerous cultural and recreation opportunities for all ages,
including a visit to the nearby world-famous diamond mine or a leisurely stroll to the waterfront,
Downtown Herkimer is an ever-evolving community with a respectful historic presence."

 

Goals for Downtown

1. Economic Development. Bring needed jobs and economic development to Herkimer’sdowntown and grow the tax base.

2. Cultural and Historic Assets. Enrich Herkimer’s heritage and cultural downtown experience.

3. Recreational and Natural Resources. Enhance existing parks and improve connections tonatural resources.

4. Infrastructure. Improve gateways and pedestrian-oriented streetscapes while preserving thehistoric charm of downtown.

5. Tourism. Grow Herkimer’s tourism-based economy.

6. Mixed-Use Development. Increase commercial and housing opportunities through mixed-usedevelopment.

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DRI Planning Process and Schedule

As part of the DRI process, Herkimer will develop a Strategic Investment Plan to guide the use of DRI grant funds for transformative revitalization projects. The Strategic Investment Plan will examine local assets and opportunities and include recommended projects that align with the community's vision. The plan is being developed by the Local Planning Committee with input from the public and support from a consultant team and state planners. The final selection of projects that receive DRI funding will be made by the state from the list of projects recommended in the plan.

 

Below is a milestone schedule for the Herkimer DRI planning process.

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About the DRI

New York State's Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is a cornerstone of the State's economic development program. The DRI helps transform 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 vehicles. Communities are selected annually by their respective Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) through a competitive application process. Previous winners for the Mohawk Valley Region are Oneonta, Rome, Amsterdam, Utica, Gloversville, and Clinton - Kirkland.

Herkimer was announced as a Round Seven DRI awardee for the Mohawk Valley Region in February of 2024 due to the communities' demonstrated commitment and momentum toward revitalizing downtown. The community has received a $10 million grant from New York State Governor Kathy Hochul to develop a Strategic Investment Plan and implement key catalytic projects that advance the community’s vision for revitalization. The effort will be led by a Local Planning Committee (LPC) composed of municipal representatives, community leaders, and other stakeholders and guided by regular input from the public. The LPC will be supported by a team of private sector experts and state planners. 

The DRI is led by the Department of State, in close partnership with Empire State Development, NYS Homes and Community Renewal and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

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