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About the Downtown Revitalization Initiative

& Why it Matters

New York State's Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is a cornerstone of the State's economic development program. The DRI transforms 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.

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.

Submit a Project

Think Big!

We invite commercial property owners to submit their transformative project proposals that will breathe new life into downtown Lowville. The NYS DRI funding aims to ignite economic growth, enhance livability, and embrace the unique spirit of Lowville.

  • Eligible Project Types:
    • New Development
    • Redevelopment of Existing Buildings
    • Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings
    • Site Improvement
  • All projects must be submitted by September 15th. 

Public Input Sessions

Tell us what you want!

With their plan to revitalize Lowville, the Village is looking to connect directly with the community to understand your needs and wants. The Village & their partners will be hosting public input sessions on Thursday, September 14th at the following locations:

  • Cafe Z | 8am-12pm

  • Crumbs. Bakeshop | 8am-12pm

  • The PB&J Cafe | 8am-12pm

  • Jeb's Restaurant | 6pm-8pm

  • The Bateman Draft House | 6pm-8pm

These sessions are open to anyone & everyone! There won't be any appointments required - stop into any designated location and leave a suggestion or sit down for a conversation! 

See the Potential

Past Proposed Projects

DRI Committee

Round 7 Members

Britt Abbey

Owner of Good Morning Realty & Village Resident

Joseph Beagle

Mayor of the Village of Lowville

Jerry Cayer

CEO of Lewis County Health System & Village Resident

Rebecca Dunckel-King

Superintendent of Lowville Academy & Central School

Lee Hinkleman

President of Lowville Business Association & American Legion

Jonathan Miller

Lewis County Historical Society

John Purvines

Owner of Mike's Appliance in Downtown Lowville

Timothy Widrick

Village Board Trustee & Owner/Resident of Judge's Quarter's Bed & Breakfast

“Our downtown has incredible historic character and is unique due to its proximity to our manufacturing core. Kraft-Heinz, QubicaAMF, and Neenah Paper collectively employ over 1,000 people within walking distance of downtown.”

Joseph Beagle, Village of Lowville Mayor


in Empowering Communities

Naturally Lewis

Village of Lowville

Lewis County NY
Labella Associates
Empire State Development