City of Fulton Announces First Downtown Revitalization Initiative Meeting

First Local Planning Committee Meeting to be held Thursday, Oct. 10, 4 p.m. at City Hall

The City of Fulton announced today that the first Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) meeting will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. at City Hall community room.  Governor Cuomo announced the $10 million DRI award for the city on Aug. 14, 2019 in front of more than 200 city residents who welcomed the news. In addition to funding award, the DRI will take a comprehensive approach to transforming Fulton's downtown.  

Only one community in each of the state's 10 Regional Economic Development areas will receive the DRI award. Fulton was this year's Central New York Regional Economic Development Council's (CNYREDC) pick based on the city's past investment, future potential, recent or impending job growth, support for local vision and readiness.

In each community that receives the award, a Local Planning Committee (LPC) is formed comprised of local and regional leaders and other stakeholders who will help oversee the development and implementation of the revitalization plan.  The LPC will work with state planners and consultants who have expertise in economic development, engineering, site development, and landscape design. Fulton's representatives on the LPC will be comprised of residents, property owners, business representatives, educational leaders, non-profit and advocacy organizations, industry and health care representatives.  

L. Michael Treadwell, Executive Director of the Operation Oswego County Inc. and a member of the CNYREDC along with City of Fulton representative Don Patrick, President of the Common Council, have been selected to serve as Co-Chairs of the LPC committee.  At the meeting Thursday, Treadwell and Patrick will announce and introduce local leadership representatives who have been selected to serve Fulton as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative's (DRI) Local Planning Committee.  

Also involved with the LPC meetings on behalf of the City of Fulton will be Director of the City of Fulton Community Development Agency Joe Fiumara, Commissioner of City of Fulton's Department of Public Works Department C.J. Smith, and City of Fulton Clerk/Chamberlain Dan O'Brien.

The LPC will meet monthly to provide direction to consultants, review projects and create priorities. All meetings will be open to the public. In addition, three public engagement events will be held to gather input on the direction of the plan and allow residents to weigh in on this exciting time for Fulton.  The first LPC meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 4-6 p.m. at the Fulton Community Room at City Hall, 141 S. 1st St., Fulton, NY 13069.  

LPC seeks New Projects in Boundary until Nov. 8

In addition to the announcement of the first DRI meeting, the city announced today that the LPC will accept additional project proposals for the DRI boundary until Nov. 8.  These project proposals have the potential to receive DRI funding if they meet certain criteria and are in addition to the projects proposed in the application.  

City officials say they have heard from several additional businesses and developers who wish to develop projects in the DRI boundary since the award announcement.  The LPC's call for additional projects will allow more investments to be included in the boundary.

"The open call for projects has been part of the DRI process for other communities and from what we're hearing, it has worked out well.  The idea with this is to help ensure maximum benefit of the DRI for the city and its residents, and ensure a more inclusive process for all properties and potential developers in the boundary," said Patrick, Co-Chair of the LPC.  

"There is room at the table for everyone to be considered and we welcome any new project submission that was not included in the initial application, as long as they're within that boundary and meet the criteria," said Treadwell, Co-Chair of the LPC.

To be considered for DRI funding, project proposals must be submitted.  Applications will be available by Friday, October 11, online at www.ilovefultonny.com/dri and at the Fulton Community Development Office, located at 125 W Broadway, Fulton NY 13069. 

The deadline for submittals is Friday, Nov. 8th by 4 PM either by email or in person at the Fulton Community Development Agency.

A newly dedicated website www.fultondri.com will be launched later this month where project applicants and residents can find more program details, including program guidelines, and meeting schedules, presentations and summaries.  A DRI boundary map may also be found on the site.

Fulton's plan this year detailed $90 million of past investments and introduced a list of projects that would provide over $60 million of investment with a potential to create and retain jobs. Job creation, small business investment, and a more accessible downtown is this year's blueprint for success.


Press Release | City of Fulton Reveals Video to Promote Downtown Revitalization

Fulton Presents DRI application to Central New York Regional Economic Development Council

City of Fulton officials today unveiled a video designed to promote public and private sector downtown revitalization projects.  The 1:51 minute video was first aired at the Tech Garden in Syracuse during the city's presentation of its Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant application hosted by the  CNY Regional Economic Development Council (CNY REDC). Communities applying for the DRI were invited by CNY REDC to present their plans in an effort to determine which community out of the five-county region receives the $10 million award.  This is a highly competitive grant process and only one community is awarded within the Central New York region.

Fulton's plan this year details $90 million of past investments, while introducing a new, transformative list of projects that would provide over $60 million of investment with a potential to create 571 new jobs and retain 495 jobs if the DRI is awarded.  Job creation, small business investment, and a more accessible downtown is this year's blueprint for success.

"Fulton has a story to tell and the application sets forth an impressive plan for revitalization and job creation.  The video was a new tool this year that enabled Fulton to quickly showcase its impressive story to the state and others.  The video speaks volumes about the projects and the individuals behind them who wish to invest in our community and bring positive changes to downtown," said Fulton Community Development Agency Director Joe Fiumara.

"The grant from the state would be transformative.  It would accelerate downtown's revitalization and help bring new life to our city," said Mayor Ron Woodward.  "We are proud of the application that was submitted and the investments being made in downtown. In addition, I am pleased to have a promotional tool to help the public understand what is underfoot and encourage additional investments.  It's all positive news for our city and inspiring to see."

"The city's DRI application has strong and diverse projects that coincide with both county and regional economic development initiatives.  We were thankful for the opportunity to present at the Tech Gardens today and include the new video as part of that presentation that helps showcase the individuals, diversity, and talent behind the projects in the plan," said Marie Mankiewicz, a DRI team member and presenter at the Tech Gardens.

"We have been a part of the downtown dining scene in Fulton for several years and we love what we do.  Our restaurant has been able to add to the culture and experience of downtown and we were proud to be included in this important project to spur more investments for the city of Fulton," said owners and operators of Blue Moon Grill, a downtown restaurant, Karen and Bill Hubel.

Local businesses, community groups, and residents were recently invited to attend a public input meeting regarding the DRI in May and asked to submit ideas on how Fulton can improve its city and particularly, its downtown.  More than 200 residents and business owners submitted ideas for this year's plan, some of which were included in this year's DRI application. The plan was submitted to the state on May 31.

The city's 2019 submission built on recent successes including obtaining nearly $1 million in state funding for trail development along the Oswego River and CNY Arts Center opening its doors in April 2019 after securing donations and state grants.  Both were proposed in the city's previous DRI applications. Other successes highlighted in the plan include the ongoing development of the Nestle site, Oswego Health investments, housing developments, and small business investments that are creating jobs.



City of Fulton Will Be Blazing New Trails

City of Fulton officials today announced that its Downtown Revitalization Plan (DRI) was submitted to the Regional Economic Development Council in the Fourth Round of the annual competition.  The DRI allows the state to invest $100 million annually into downtown neighborhoods, with 10 individual cities or villages selected for $10 million awards by the state Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC).

Fulton, NY | Cover of DRI Application

Fulton, NY | Cover of DRI Application

The City of Fulton has officially launched the 2019 City of Fulton Downtown Revitalization Initiative Plan. “The plan this year has gathered more public input and support than previous years” said Mayor Ronald L Woodward. “The engagement with residents and business owners has enlightened our city in terms of support and planning for development” The city solicited ideas and comments from community meetings, business visits, and online surveying to gather the information that our stakeholders wanted to share. The plan displays an impressive past investment section that includes over $90 million of investment in the last 5 years, while introducing new transformative list of projects that would provide over $60 million of investment in the next 2-3 years with the infusion of awarded DRI funds. Job creation, investment, and creating that vibrant downtown appears to be the main focus in this blueprint for success.

To view the entire application click on the links below:

Fulton, NY 2019 DRI Application

Supporting Documents


Letter of Support Sample

The following is a sample of a letter in support of the City of Fulton's proposal for Governor Andrew Cuomo's $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). Please feel free to download and send in to help support our proposal.

Letter of Support

City of Fulton Seeks Public Input for 2019 Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant

Fulton to compete for $10 Million in state's Regional Economic Development Council's Grant.

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City of Fulton officials are encouraging members from the community to attend a public input meeting for the city's Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) application on Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall community room.  Fulton is competing in the New York State Regional Economic Development Council competition for $10 million. The funding will be awarded to one municipality in each of the state's 10 Regional Economic Development areas and is aimed at transforming downtown neighborhoods into vibrant communities.

Local businesses, community groups, and anyone who lives or works in the city of Fulton are invited to attend the meeting and provide input on how Fulton can improve its city and particularly, its downtown.  This year the application will feature recent successes including obtaining $1 million in state funding for trail development along the Oswego River and CNY Arts Center opening its doors in April 2019 after securing private donations and state dollars.  Both initiatives were outlined in the city's previous DRI applicaitons and have come to fruition. Other successes will include the ongoing development of the Nestle site and small business investments that are creating jobs.

The meeting will provide a brief overview of the application but the main goal of the forum is to seek input from those in attendance on the following questions:

  1. What would you like to see in downtown Fulton NY?

  2. What existing venues or amenitities could be improved in the downtown?

  3. With resources such as the the DRI award of $10 Million, how do you envision the downtown in 5 or 10 years?

Stakeholder’s are invited to attend this meeting with ideas, comments and concerns for the planning and development of the 2019 DRI submission. Written comments, opinions and/or suggestions can also be submitted and will be considered prior to submission of the City’s final application.  They may be addressed to Joseph Fiumara, Fulton Community Development Agency, 125 West Broadway, Fulton, New york 13069 or at director@fultoncda.com.

We are also asking the public to take a few minutes to participate in our survey so that we can gather public input. Please visit:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G9YYZ77


‘I LOVE FULTON NY’ LAUNCHES WEBSITE, FULTON LIONS CLUB DONATES FUNDS TO PURCHASE STAGE

FULTON, N.Y. -- The Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation, (FCRC), has just launched a new website, “ ILoveFultonNY.com,” and a new Facebook Page, “I Love Fulton NY,” said Joe Fiumara, secretary/treasurer, FCRC.

I Love Fulton NY Website Launch

“The website and Facebook page will provide positive information about the City of Fulton for those of us that work, live, worship, raise our families and want to be part of the good things happening in and around our City,” Fiumara said. “I hope visitors to the site will take the time to navigate through this offering of current and future events. The design and production of both the website and Facebook page were donated by Fulton resident, Heather McCoy, owner of 315 Designs.

“Find out how you can make a difference through volunteering at a community event, help a neighbor or a friend make our neighborhoods safe and attractive to new families to the area. Learn about many different initiatives in our City and how we can get involved.”

Initial offering on the site include Fulton Footpaths, Waterfront Development, Lake Revitalization, Fulton Block Builders, and more.  “We’ll always be adding photographs, information and opportunities to the site. We like to call it  ‘Progress and Possibility: Your source for positive events, information and inspiring images in and around Fulton, N.Y.”

In addition, the Fulton Lions Club recently donated the funds to purchase a portable stage for the City of Fulton to be used at events in and around the city, Fiumara said. It’s identical to the portable stage owned by the City of Oswego that can be seen at concerts in Breitbeck Park and the Fulton Jazz Fest. “We are delighted that our city will have this resource available to make existing events better, and help create new events and activities.”

David Guyer, Fulton Lions president, said: “Fulton Lions Club  is an involved Fulton community partner, and we were delighted to commit the funds to purchase the outdoor stage, and look forward to seeing it used at upcoming events.”

Fiumara can be contacted at 315-593-7166 or director@fultoncda.com

PHOTO CAPTION:  The Fulton Lions Club recently donated the funds to purchase a portable stage for the City of Fulton to be used at events in and around the city, said Joe Fiumara, executive director, Fulton Community Development Agency. “It’s identical to the portable stage owned by the City of Oswego that can be seen at concerts in Breitbeck Park and the Fulton Jazz Fest. We are delighted that our city will have this resource available to make existing events better, and help create new events and activities.” Fiumara can be contacted at 315-593-7166 or director@fultoncda.com.