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Downtown Revitalization Initiative

What is the DRI?


The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is transforming downtown neighborhoods into vibrant communities. In its fourth year, the program will invest $100 million into 10 additional downtown neighborhoods across the state. Participating communities are nominated by the state’s ten Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) based on the downtown’s potential for transformation, and 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. The Village of Potsdam was recently selected as the North Country DRI community.

The DRI is a comprehensive approach to boosting local economies by transforming communities into vibrant neighborhoods that offer a high quality of life for all residents. Each community selected to participate in the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) will accomplish its goals through a unique state-local partnership that includes a Local Planning Committee (LPC), a consultant team, and state agency staff. With support from municipal staff and input from the public, this partnership will result in a strategic investment plan that will achieve the vision and goals for revitalization of the downtown.


DRI Updates


Public Open House – Wednesday, January 22, 6:00-8:00 PM, Town of Potsdam Community Room, 18 Elm Street

Village of Potsdam DRI Call For Projects

The LPC is seeking project proposals for inclusion in the Strategic Investment Plan. The submission of project proposals is open to the public and proposals may include public or private projects that are located within the DRI boundary. Projects will be evaluated by the LPC and Consultant team for completion, feasibility and alignment with the Potsdam Vision, Goals and Strategies.

All project sponsors must complete and submit this form, even those whose projects were listed in the Potsdam DRI Application.

The deadline for submission of this form is close of business January 31, 2020.

Submit this form and supporting materials digitally (preferred) to DRI Consultant Jaclyn Hakes, MJ Engineering at PotsdamDRI@mjels.com.

Hard copy submissions can be delivered to:
Potsdam DRI Call for Projects
c/o Fred Hanss
Village of Potsdam Planning and Development Office
Civic Center
2 Park Street
Potsdam, NY 13676

Click Image to Download Application

Download Budget Template Here

Call for Projects Office Hours Available –

  • Tuesday, January 21 – 12:00 PM-2:30 PM, Potsdam Civic Center, 2 Park Street
  • Thursday, January 23 – 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Potsdam Town Hall, Board Room, 18 Elm Street

Please refer to the Project Sponsor Guide on Page 7 before filling out the Project Form. Additional questions can be directed to DRI Consultant, Jaclyn Hakes, MJ Engineering PotsdamDRI@mjels.com.

For more information on the DRI program, visit: https://www.ny.gov/programs/downtown-revitalization-initiative