The Governor’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is a New York State program that grants one community in each region $10 million dollars to invest in downtown economic development. After submitting a strong initial application, East Harlem has been asked to develop a Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) that identifies projects which would benefit from DRI funding. The SIP will feature high-impact projects that are ready to be implemented and support East Harlem’s overall vision of a vibrant transit hub that showcases East Harlem’s rich local history and culture and promotes community health through safe streets and green and functional public spaces.
East Harlem will receive $10 million in funding as the New York City region winners of the sixth round of the DRI.
About the Downtown Revitalization
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.