LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC) will present Livingston County with its inaugural Excellence in Community-Based Economic Development Award for exceptional downtown revitalization programs.
According to a press release from NYSEDC, Livingston County will formally receive the award on May 26 at NYSEDC’s 2016 annual meeting in Cooperstown. Nominations are submitted on behalf of a municipality for either a downtown revitalization project the municipality has completed, or a program it has adopted.
“Effective downtown revitalization helps communities achieve their broader economic development objectives of attracting new investment and jobs,” said Brian McMahon, Executive Director of the New York State Economic Development Council. “Livingston County demonstrates that rural communities can be innovative and highly effective in rebuilding their downtown corridors.”
NYSEDC is awarding Livingston County for downtown revitalization program designed to revitalize its nine villages. The competition was judged by a jury of downtown planning and revitalization experts.
“This innovative program has generated more than $7 million in new investment in 120 downtown buildings, and has helped improve commercial spaces on the first floors, as well as 82 enhanced or newly created residential units on upper floors of the central business districts throughout the county,” said NYSEDC in their press release. “Livingston County’s Downtown Partnership Program has attracted businesses and private investment to the downtown corridors and is helping to retain businesses and jobs, as well.”