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.



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:


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DRI Downtown Improvement Fund RFQ

water street_Page_135.jpgThe City of Oneonta is currently reviewing all Statement of Qualification submissions from qualified Consultants to provide administrative services in conjunction with the DRI Downtown Improvement Fund.  The DRI Downtown Improvement Fund (SHARS #20170231) is a $2,660,000 grant program funded by the NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).  The City of Oneonta will provide grant assistance for businesses and to improve housing alternatives within the DRI boundary.  The successful firm or agency will be responsible for assisting the City with meeting all program requirements, including grant administration and program delivery, developing design guidelines, environmental review, site contamination review, and review of proposed project designs for compliance with design guidelines. 

DRI Branding and Marketing Program RFP

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 regards this opportunity as unique, rare, and important.  We want your most creative and exciting ideas. Downtown Oneonta has many marketable assets that could be better leveraged to attract visitors, new residents and businesses:  a walkable Main Street characterized by historic architecture and a plethora of amenities; cultural opportunities through its performing arts center and local galleries; a burgeoning food and beverage scene; two excellent colleges; and an abundance of outdoor recreational activities here in the northern Catskill Mountains. 


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