Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced that Elmira, Geneva, Middletown, and Plattsburgh have each been awarded $10 million by the state to revitalize their downtown areas.  The awards include up to $300,000 in planning funds to draft a Strategic Investment Plan that will identify specific economic development, transportation, and housing and community projects.

The awards are part of a $100 million effort to improve the urban vitality of city centers across the state. Plans will be completed by early 2017.