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Assistance funding now available to Rome businesses

The fund is part of the $10 million dollar Downtown Revitalization Initiative that was awarded to the city by New York State in 2017. The funds can be used for building renovations, façade improvements, and signage, as well as handicap accessibility improvements.

Posted: Jan 7, 2019 11:01 PM
Updated: Jan 8, 2019 8:42 AM

ROME, N.Y. – Applications for the City of Rome’s Business Assistance Fund are now available.

The fund is part of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative that was awarded to the city by New York State in 2017.

A handful of Rome business owners met at Rome City Hall Monday to learn more about the application process and ask questions of city officials.

The funds can be used for building renovations, façade improvements, and signage, as well as handicap accessibility improvements.

However, City of Rome Marketing Coordinator, Makenzi Enos says businesses must be located in the Downtown Revitalization Initiative Zone that was predetermined by the state, to qualify.

“The big part of this fund is that we want businesses to improve one another. So if a business makes an improvement it will get more people downtown. It will get more people to the Capitol Theater seeing shows, going to all the different businesses that are downtown. It will really help build each other up.”

It should be noted that these are reimbursement funds.

The businesses must have the money for these projects ahead of time and the city will reimburse them if they qualify.

The deadline to apply for Business Assistance Funding is February 15 at 4:30 p.m. in Rome City Hall.

Click here for more information and to see if your business qualifies for assistance funding.

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