Community Development

City Hall
258 Main St
Oneonta, NY 13820

Telephone: (607) 432-0114
Fax: (607) 432-3055

Judy Pangman - Director of Community Development

Mispa Haque - Community Development Assistant

Current Initiatives

Downtown Revitalization Initiative

In 2016, the City of Oneonta was one of 10 communities in New York State to be awarded a $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) award by Governor Cuomo. The City plans to reclaim the Market Street area as a Food and Craft Beverage Innovation District, strengthen existing downtown businesses and buildings, and provide the financial resources to bring the community’s transformational strategies to fruition, elevating Downtown Oneonta from good to great.

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 Cuomo'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:


Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative

In 2016, the City of Oneonta was one of 16 communities in New York State awarded an Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI) grant by Governor Cuomo to combat poverty. The City has a very high poverty rate (29.5%), with more than 250 children under 18 years old living in poverty. The City has partnered with Opportunities for Otsego who will lead a newly created Poverty Reduction Task Force to implement Dr. Donna Beegle’s Opportunity Community Model. As an Opportunity Community, the City will use the $500,000 ESPRI grant to help children and their families living in poverty break through barriers and access resources and support to move out and stay out of poverty. 


Community Survey 

Opportunities for Otsego has collected community input on the needs of families and individuals living in Otsego County, NY. The information will help with planning and implementation of programs to address poverty and gaps in community services. 

For more information about the ESPRI program, visit Opportunity of Otsego's ESPRI page.


Brief History of Community Development Activities

The City of Oneonta has identified significant community development, housing, and economic development needs in recent years, developed improvement strategies, and successfully implemented Community Development Block Grant housing, public facilities, and economic development programs, HOME program assistance, Affordable Housing Corporation funds for First Time Home Buyer Programs, Urban Development Action Grants, and other programs to address identified needs. The programs have helped improve neighborhood target areas in the City. Programs have helped to rehabilitate almost 500 deteriorated housing units, construct over 180 low-income housing units for families, the elderly and the homeless, eliminate major public improvement problems, including water, street, and stormwater issues, and stimulate economic development, among others.

Although these actions have helped to address serious housing and economic challenges in Oneonta, the City still needs assistance, economically and physically. There clearly is a need to initiate additional economic development, downtown housing, and other improvement efforts. To help the City determine which funding programs to apply for and to help develop future Community Development initiatives, tell us about your funding needs and community development-related ideas or issues by clicking above and completing the Funding Needs Form.