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The DRI program couples strategic planning with prompt implementation. DRI communities are paired with a consultant team and a project lead from the Department of State (DOS) who guide them through a targeted community-based planning process geared towards developing a Strategic Investment Plan (SIP). The SIP includes a list of “Priority Projects”, which are recommended to the State for funding using the DRI funds.


The DRI process and development of SIP broadly includes the following steps.

1/Local Planning Committee 

A  Local Planning Committee (LPC) comprised of local and regional leaders, stakeholders, and community representatives intended to represent diverse interests is convened to oversee the planning process and development of the SIP.

As the steering body of the process, the LPC meets regularly to brainstorm ideas, provide direction to the consultant team, review planning products, discuss potential projects, and prioritize actions. These meetings are open to the public and more information can be found on this website under the “MEETINGS” tab on the menu bar.

2/Public Engagement

Throughout the planning process, the public is invited to proactively contribute ideas that guide the LPC, DOS, and consultant team for the development of the SIP. Notices of public workshops, local outreach activities, and other opportunities to provide input will be posted on this website and publicized through print, media, and online channels. Please check back regularly for updates.

3/Visions, Goals, and Revitalization Strategies

4/Priority Projects

Based on community input, the LPC develops a guiding framework including a community vision, action-oriented goals to support the vision, and measurable strategies to guide the implementation. These coordinated actions, objectives, and planning approach are the guiding framework for the SIP.

Communities identify key transformative projects to advance the community vision and goals. Priority projects are intended to transform the physical environment of the DRI area in ways that will benefit current residents and future generations. In some cases, they may also include non-capital projects that can lead to capital investment which in turn will revitalize the DRI area.  All Priority Projects will be reviewed by the State prior to any selection or award.

5/Strategic Investment Plan

Towards the end of the DRI process, consultants along with the LPC and State team prepare an SIP. The SIP describes the unique challenges and opportunities for the revitalization of the DRI area, presents the community's vision for the future of the area, and proposes transformative Priority Projects that may be realized with an investment of DRI funds.


Projects from each community are evaluated by the State, which after its due diligence, identifies those projects best suited for DRI funding. Announcements on the funded projects are made by the Governor. Once projects are announced, the State will enter into a separate contract with the entity responsible for implementing the project.  All State procurement procedures must be followed and DRI funding is provided on a reimbursable basis.

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  • LPC Members
    Ethel Battle-Velez, Johnson Houses, Executive Board of Manhattan N. Citywide Council of Presidents Melody Capote, Caribbean Culture Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) Diane Collier, Uptown Grand Central Michelle Cruz, Union Settlement's Economic Development Center Dimitri Gatanas, Urban Garden Center & UGCeats Jonah Gensler, LSA Facility Health Service Diana Larazadall, La Villa Merchants Association Mark Levine, Manhattan Borough President's Office Sade Lythcott, National Black Theatre Eri Noguchi, The Association to Benefit Children Jim Ratti, 1775 Houses Tenants Association Sam Rivera, ON Point NYC Patricia Singletary, Elmendorf Reformed Church Robin E Spann-Jacobus, Addie May Collin's Head Start (3) Ann Marie Vasquez, Boriken Neighborhood Health Center Jessica Walker, REDC and Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Jon Weinbach, New York Proton Center
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