News & Updates

Market to Table Fundraising Dinner Coming to Downtown

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and the Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market will hold a Market to Table fundraising event in downtown Jamestown at the end of this month. The event will showcase how locally grown products can be used in the home to create healthy and creative meals.  The event will feature fruits and vegetables found at the farmers market every week.

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JRC Neighborhood Alliance Welcomes PUSH Buffalo

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Neighborhood Alliance will be hosting a sustainable housing forum later this month to discuss innovative housing and mixed-use programs for the City of Jamestown’s future. Guest speaker of the evening will be Jennifer Kaminsky, Director of Planning and Community Development for People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo).

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Jamestown Gardens Recognized in June

Jamestown’s front yard gardens are springing to life, filling neighborhoods with eye-catching textures and colors. To acknowledge the value that these gardens and their caretakers add to the city, the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) is continuing the GROW Jamestown Front Yard Garden Recognition Program for a sixth straight year.

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Hands On Jamestown Coming Soon!

Every year, hundreds of volunteers from all over the greater Jamestown region come together for Hands On Jamestown, a community-wide effort to clean and beautify the streets of Jamestown. During the event, volunteers assist the City of Jamestown Parks Department with flower planting, litter collection, raking, sweeping, and other clean-up activities.

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Downtown Revitalization Program Included In State Budget

City stakeholders may be one step ahead of their competition when it comes to acquiring $10 million for downtown revitalization. It was announced earlier this week that one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2016 signature proposals to invest $100 million in 10 communities was included in the state budget.

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What is Smart Growth?

“Smart growth” is a phrase that is often used in conjunction with urban economic development strategies, but rarely do we see it defined. Smart growth is more than just a buzz word! The New York State Regional Economic Development Council, the primary funding agency in New York State, requires compliance with smart growth principals when establishing funding priorities, as do many other state and federal funding agencies. But what is smart growth and why is it important?

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A Successful Public/Private Partnership

In many cases, or in the case of larger metropolitan areas, the use of public-private partnerships for economic development or redevelopment purposes involves the use of public resources and financing capabilities to promote local economic development. Continue reading

GROW Jamestown Garden Fair Set For 4/2/16

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation has announced that this year’s GROW Jamestown Garden Fair and Home show, presented by Mike’s Nursery, is coming to downtown Jamestown on April 2 from 11 am to 5 pm. The newly expanded event is free for the community and will be held at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena.

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Mark Geise Hired as Senior Planner for JRC

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation has announced the hire of Mark Geise as Senior Planner for the organization. Mr. Geise comes to the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation from Chautauqua County where he served as Deputy Director of Planning and Economic Development since 2009. Mr. Geise, who will be replacing Peter Lombardi in this role, will be responsible for providing creative planning recommendations and approaches for a wide variety of neighborhood and urban planning issues.

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