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


‘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.