Governor Cuomo Announces Seneca Falls as $10 Million Finger Lakes Winner of Fourth-round Downtown Revitalization Initiative

November 6, 2019

State to Collaborate with Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council to Revitalize Seneca Falls' Downtown

Part of Governor's Comprehensive Approach to Transform Communities into Vibrant Neighborhoods and Boost Local Economies

Downtown Revitalization Investments Complement "Finger Lakes Forward" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Seneca Falls will receive $10 million in funding as the Finger Lakes Region winner of the fourth round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. As in the first three rounds of the DRI, one municipality from each of the state's 10 regional economic development regions is selected as a $10 million winner, marking another overall state goal to target $100 million in funding and investments to help communities boost their economies by transforming downtowns into vibrant neighborhoods where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live, work and raise a family.

"With this funding Seneca Falls will be able to share its rich history with more people through infrastructure and commercial developments that will encourage economic growth," Governor Cuomo said. "Through DRI, local governments are able to actualize changes they wish to see in their communities with creative solutions to make long-lasting, positive impacts on their economies and their cities." 

"With funding from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, Seneca Falls will continue to flourish as an integral part of state and national history," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "As the birthplace of the women's rights movement and a charming part of the Finger Lakes, Seneca Falls is primed for continued investment that will positively impact downtown growth. With this once in a lifetime opportunity, Seneca Falls will develop a roadmap for the future with innovative projects focused on boosting the local and regional economy."

Read the full press release here.