NY Forward Program

About New York Forward

 This is the first year of New York State’s New York Forward (NY Forward) program to invigorate and enliven downtowns in New York’s smaller and rural communities. As a complement to the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), NY Forward focuses on creating healthy, vibrant, walkable downtowns that catalyze sustainable economic development and accrue numerous economic, social, and environmental benefits to the locality, the region, and the State as a whole. ​

NY Forward is led by the NYS Department of State (DOS), in close partnership with Empire State Development (ESD), NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). For more information, please visit https://www.ny.gov/programs/ny-forward. ​


Thanks to everyone who joined us at our second public meeting. If you were unable to attend but want to learn more, please review the presentation and recording below.

Hamilton Public Meeting 2 – Presentation

Hamilton Public Meeting 2 – Recording

Please take the time to review and provide feedback on the potential projects presented at the 2nd Public Meeting below.

Hamilton Potential Projects Feedback Worksheet

Hamilton Potential Projects PDF


Planning Process

Our NY Forward planning process started in May and will continue through Fall 2023 with the completion of the Strategic Investment Plan (SIP): ​

How to Get Involved

Schedule of Events:​

  • LPC Meeting #1: ​June 02, 2023 (2 -4pm) at The Hub
    • DRI/NYF Project Form Information Meeting: June 30, 2023 (10am – 1pm) at The Hub
  • LPC Meeting #2: July 11, 2023 (5 – 7pm) at The Hub
  • LPC Meeting #3: August 01, 2023 ((5 – 7pm) at The Hub
  • LPC Meeting #4: October 03, 2023 (5 – 7pm) at The Hub
  • LPC Meeting #6: October 24, 2023 (5 – 7pm) at The Hub
*Additional meeting if needed



    • The committee members are as follows:
      • Co-Chairs:
        • Mayor, Ruth Ann Loveless
        • CNY REDC/ County IDA, Kipp Hicks
      • Members:
        • Joanne Borfitz
        • Bill Butler
        • Reverend Brooks Cato
        • Jeffrey Coakley
        • Suzanne Collins
        • Dan Foust
        • Jocelyn Gavitt
        • Henry Howard
        • Samanthi Martinez
        • Bill Dowsland
        • Julie Dudrick
        • Britty O’Connor
        • Brian Marks




About Hamilton’s Planning Area

Hamilton is a compact historic village in the midst of rural Madison County. It  has the amenities and feel of a small city and the beauty of a working rural landscape, and is home to Colgate University, a liberal-arts college that has shaped much of Hamilton’s identity.

The downtown center area is the focus for NY Forward. Our commercial district is small, but packed with unique locally-owned businesses. Its historic character is enriched by arts, culture, and community activities. Hamilton will use NY Forward to continue becoming truly accessible and equitable for all who come here, whether for only a few years or for a lifetime.


*The planning area displayed above was proposed by the LPC. The boundary is subject to change under discussion by the LPC and will be revised and updated accordingly. 


Project Documents

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