OWEGO, N.Y. (WENY) – The Village of Owego has put out an open call for projects for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

Over the summer, the Village of Owego was selected by the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council to receive a $10 million award from New York State through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).

The investment will allow the village to develop a strategic investment plan and start various key projects to advance its vision for downtown revitalization. Projects selected for DRI funding will transform the downtown and support the local economy.

The Owego Local Planning Committee (LPC) has issued the open call in order to seek proposals for privately sponsored projects to be considered for DRI funding. Village officials say the purpose of the open call is to hear from members of the community who have potential transformative projects on private sites that would provide economic and community benefits. The process will allow the LPC to fully vet these projects.

Submissions should include capital/construction projects, business expansion or creation and renovation of existing buildings on private sites. The submissions should also demonstrate the commitment of private funding sources and discuss the project's transformative nature and potential community benefits.

Officials say new ideas are encouraged along with established project concepts.

All submissions should include as much information as possible on potential projects in order to demonstrate that the idea is feasible and will have a meaningful impact on downtown Owego. After submission, the Owego LPC and its consultant team, led by BFJ Planning, will work with project sponsors to gather additional information as needed.

All requirements for submissions can be found in the open call. A PDF for that call can be found below:


Hard copies of the open call are also available at the village office located at 178 Main Street and the County Economic Development and Planning Office located at 56 Main Street.

Project submissions should be emailed to owegoDRI3@gmail.com by December 7. The consultant team will hold office hours to discuss questions about potential submissions on Wednesday, November 14 from 3:00 to 5:00 in the evening at the Tioga County Office Building, located at 56 Main Street in Owego, in the second floor conference room.

Additionally, questions about the open call can be sent in via email by November 16.

The DRI planning process will last approximately six months and is guided by LPC representatives, county government, community organizations, local businesses and local residents.

The LPC will meet regularly until the plan is complete in March 2019. The meetings are working sessions, but they are open to the public. They will be held on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:00 to 8:00 in the evening at the Owego Apalachin Central School in the LGI room.

Multiple public engagement events will also be held, with the first one taking place Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tioga Opportunities, located at 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard.

A second public event will be held in December or January 2019 and a final event will be held in February.