Central New York communities compete for $10 million downtown revitalization prize

One lucky central New York state municipality will receive $10 million to bolster its downtown area.

The question for the region’s economic development panel is which city should receive the funding.

Governor Andrew Cuomo first proposed the Downtown Revitalization Initiative in his State of the State address in January.

He wanted $100 million — $10 million for each of the ten regional economic development councils — to improve downtown neighborhoods.

The 2016-17 state budget contains full funding for the program.

A thriving downtown can provide a tremendous boost to the local economy,” Cuomo said. “This initiative will transform a select downtown neighborhood into a vibrant place for people to live, work and raise a family — which will also help attract new investments and businesses for years to come.

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