Oneonta Downtown Revitalization Initiative 

Oneonta, the “City of the Hills”, was devastated by economic retrenchment in the latter half of the 20th century.  Faced with job losses, disinvestment, and high poverty rates, the community has overcome its struggles and now sits on the cusp of success.  Persistence and careful planning has positioned the Oneonta Downtown to solidify its role as the center of culture and commerce in the southern Mohawk Valley and northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains.  Governor Cuomo’s bold Downtown Revitalization Initiative is matched only by Oneonta’s bold plans, and will provide the financial resources to bring the community’s transformational strategies to fruition, elevating Downtown Oneonta from good to great.  Follow the links below to learn more about the community’s ambitions.



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The first step in the planning process has been accomplished with submittal of the Strategic Investment Plan to NYS which identifies the City’s priority projects. The State has selected projects for DRI funding (see the link to Governor Cuom
o's press release, below) and program requirements will be developed soon. The City will update the public and post to this site as information becomes available.

See links below for more information **some of these documents are large and may take some time to open**:

Press Releases:


Click here for more links



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 DRI Downtown Improvement Fund

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The City of Oneonta has hired Delaware Engineering, D.P.C. to administer the DRI Downtown Improvement Fund (SHARS #20170231), a grant program with $2,335,000 available from the NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).  The program will provide grant assistance for signage, façade improvements, and creation of upper floor housing within the DRI boundary.  Delaware Engineering is currently working with a committee of local residents and business owners to develop design guidelines for signage and facade improvements.  Applications will be available July 2, 2018


DRI Branding and Marketing Program

The City of Oneonta, through the generosity of New York State and Governor Andrew Cuomo, has been allocated funding for this project through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).  The total project budget is $570,000 for the Branding and Marketing and Downtown Wayfinding Program.  The City has reviewed many amazing marketing proposals and after careful consideration we have selected Trampoline Design LLC as the consultant to guide the City through the process.



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