UTICA, N.Y. - The city of Utica held an open house at the Delta Hotels to give residents a chance to give their opinions on the city's draft application for a Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant.
The DRI grant is a $10 million grant awarded to a city by the state, cities are selected based on need. This is a regional competition and Utica is competing with other cities from the 6 county Mohawk Valley region. The grant is to help New York communities transform their downtown neighborhoods into vibrant places where New Yorkers want to live, work, have fun and raise families.
To get feedback, organizers set up four boards with different categories. The categories were downtown inclusion, downtown job growth, downtown environment, and downtown quality of life. People in attendance were asked to stick dots next the sub category they felt was most important on each board. The activity was to help identify which categories are important to the community and the feedback will help shape the DRI application and the projects being proposed within the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
"The dots amount to a vote and we will count the votes at the end of the night, the dots for each of the categories and that's largely how we'll prioritize the projects and various programs that are proposed within the draft application," Brian Thomas, eeconomic development specialist said.
There is an online survey residents can fill out as well to help with the feedback, you can find that survey here. The surveys are due by May 17. The DRI application deadline is May 31.