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For general information about the New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) program, please visit  

General Resources & Information


DRI Boundary

The DRI area, shown below, is 1.6 miles long from north to south and 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 August to incorporate all the potential projects submitted through the Open Call. Click the map to open a larger image.


Local Planning Committee

Co-Chair: Elizabeth Tantillo, Mayor, Village of Clinton

Co-Chair: Robert Meelan, Supervisor, Town of Kirkland

Co-Chair: Larry Gilroy, Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chair

  • Michael Debraggio, CKIC President,  Executive Writer and Director of Community Relations at Hamilton College

  • Molly Marris, CKIC Board Member, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director

  • Jackie Walters, CKIC Board Member

  • Tom Neumann, President of First Source Federal Credit Union

  • Howie Schaffer, Chief Inclusion Officer/Principal - Big Tent Consulting

  • Barbara Owens, Realtor 

  • Jonathan Joseph, North Star Orchards

  • Natalie Brown, Management Consultant, Village Master Planner

  • Matt Lacey, Principal Architect - March Associates

  • Lisa Magnarelli, Director of College Events and Scheduling - Hamilton College, Clinton Central School Board of Education Member

  • Maria Macrina, Owner of The Cremeria


As part of the DRI process, Clinton-Kirkland 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 Clinton-Kirkland DRI planning process.

DRI Planning Process and Schedule


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, and Gloversville.

Clinton and Kirkland were announced as a Round Six DRI awardee for the Mohawk Valley Region in March of 2023 due to the communities' demonstrated commitment and momentum toward revitalizing downtown. The communities have 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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