GENESEO – The Village has made it to the final four for New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
County Administrator Ian Coyle reported to the Livingston County Ways and Means Committee Monday afternoon that the Village joins Penn Yan, Batavia and Canandaigua in the running for a $10 million prize to improve traffic flow, walkability and technology on Main Street.
“It’s kind of a game-changing award,” said Coyle. “If you can get it.”
Geneva was the winner last year. Coyle did mention that based on past awardees, the award seems to be ‘small city centric.’
“The winners last year, Plattsburgh, Elmira, Glens Falls, Geneva…there was one village out of ten awards last year which was Old Westbury,” said Coyle. “It’s down in Long Island and it’s almost as big as Livingston County. Probably 25,000, 30,000 people and it’s a village. So that’s what we’re kind of up against.”
Coyle joined a team that included representatives of the Village of Geneseo, Livingston County Development and SUNY Geneseo to make a presentation for the award.
“I was really proud of the county team for putting together the package that we did and the College helping us out,” said Coyle. “We had a professor there with us, the Mayor, Louise Wadsworth, myself, Bill Bacon, and Maureen [Wheeler] did just an immense amount of work in preparation of that.”
The awardee will be announced in July.