WHAT IS NYF?
NY Forward (NYF) was launched in 2022 and serves as a central component of the State's economic development efforts, working together with the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), to accelerate and expand the revitalization of New York's downtowns. NY Forward supports smaller communities with historic character that distinguishes them from the larger, more urban central business districts typically funded through DRI. NY Forward communities are walkable, less dense areas that serve the immediate local community, and are more local in nature - focusing on the immediately surrounding residential or rural agricultural-centric development. Through the NYF program, these smaller downtowns will receive planning and project implementation support needed to attract more businesses, residents, and visitors, while also providing a higher quality of life for all residents.
The NYS Department of State (DOS) administers the NYF program in close coordination with NYS Homes & Community Renewal (HCR), Empire State Development (ESD), and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
In the first year of the NYF program, each of the State’s 10 Regional Economic Development Councils had the option of nominating two communities for $4.5 million NYF awards or three communities, one of which will receive $4.5 million and two that will be awarded $2.25 million. NYF funds are also used to provide robust capacity-building and technical assistance directly to communities throughout each phase of the program.
The Village of Lyons Falls will receive $2.25 million in funding as one of the North Country’s recipients of NY Forward funding!