New York state has awarded millions of dollars to Johnson City to encourage more economic development activity in the village's downtown business district.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced the award as the Southern Tier winner in the ongoing Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

The village submitted its application for the funding five months ago.

Hochul said Johnson City "laid out a very clear vision of what you want to see for the future" with a plan designed to spur job growth and tourism.

Governor Kathy Hochul in Johnson City on February 22, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Governor Kathy Hochul in Johnson City on February 22, 2023. (Image: ny.gov)
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Mayor Martin Meaney said "we are at a tipping point and this is going to launch us well passed where we need to be."

Meaney recalled Johnson City's "vibrant downtown" that had existed when he was a child. He said as manufacturing businesses left the village, "our downtown lost its life" with a "slow and steady decline."

The mayor said the revitalization of the downtown district started with the construction of Binghamton University's pharmacy school building. That project marked the beginning of the Health Sciences Campus along the Corliss Avenue corridor.

Meaney also cited the 156-unit apartment complex being developed in what had been the abandoned Endicott Johnson Victory Building.

Johnson City officials now will develop a strategic investment plan to determine specific projects to be funded with money from the state grant.

The money is to be used for projects targeted on nearly 200 acres in the downtown section of the village.

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