NY FORWARD OVERVIEW
NY Forward was launched in 2022 to support a more equitable downtown recovery for New York’s smaller communities, with a focus on hamlets, villages, and neighborhood-scale commercial centers. With the NY Forward program, smaller communities have the opportunity to received planning and implementation support needed to attract and support businesses, residents, and visitors while providing for a high quality of life for the community.
Similar to the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), the NYS Department of State administers the Governor’s NY Forward program in close coordination with HCR, ESD, NYSERDA, and several other State partners.
NY FORWARD PROGRAM GOALS
Enhance downtown living and quality of life
Create an active downtown with a mix of uses
Provide a diverse mix of employment opportunities
Provide public spaces that serve all ages and abilities
Encourage the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
Grow the local property tax base
Create diverse housing options for all incomes
NY FORWARD TIMELINE
How we get from planning to action
May - November 2023
NY Forward Grant Awards Announced
2024 - 2027
NYF PROCESS FOR AWARDED COMMUNITIES
Public Engagement Plan
Transparent, open, and ongoing public engagement is a critical component of the NY Forward planning process and the development of the SIP (Strategic Investment Plan). Public engagement shall occur throughout the entire NY Forward planning process to ensure community needs, opportunities, and challenges are identified, to determine potential projects, and to ensure the NY Forward revitalization efforts are supported.
After weathering years of sustained economic depression, deterioration of landscapes and architectural assets, as well as the blighting of its downtown, the Village of Medina has found resolve with an infallible commitment to envisage a better future. Downtown Medina is trending in the right direction with having secured millions in public and private investment, attracted businesses and jobs, and made a concerted effort to enhance its public realm.
This momentum positions the community at the cusp of real and noteworthy transformation. Medina has a proven ability to administer economic development initiatives, a demonstrated need for further improvement, and the pieces in place to ensure that the benefits of revitalization are felt by all in the community. Funding from the NY Forward program will further leverage other recent economic successes to continue to grow and diversify the local economy.
The Medina NY Forward study area consists of 0.3 square-miles. It is compact and walkable, with almost any destination within the boundary accessible in a 5-minute walk. The area encompasses many of the Village of Medina’s most impactful economic drivers including: the Medina Railroad Museum – a regional attraction; the Canal Basin – which draws boaters from as far away as Australia; the Canal Village Farmer’s Market – an important outlet for local vendors; and favorite Village dining establishments. The boundary also includes a significant portion of the Village’s local waterfront.