The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) has announced details for the 2017 Renaissance Block Challenge, a program that offers matching funds to home owners up to $2,000 to put towards exterior home improvements. The program encourages and rewards neighborhood groups to work together in an effort to reinvest in their own communities.
The Neighborhood Revitalization Progress Report analyzes Jamestown’s current housing market, and assesses the impact of the Renaissance Block Challenge to this point. The report makes recommendations to further improve the Renaissance Block Challenge by focusing on four key areas.
The Unite North Main Plan was completed in Spring of 2017. The first projects are currently in progress. To view the complete plan follow this link: Unite North Main Plan
In preparation for the opening of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, the Gebbie Foundation engaged AECOM Technical Services, Inc. (AECOM) to evaluate strategic economic development opportunities downtown that would help maximize the economic impact of the National Comedy Center in downtown. CLICK HERE to read the recent study.
Why is Jamestown a renaissance city? Read JRC’s Report to the Community to see how partnerships and innovative strategies are making Jamestown a laboratory for small city revitalization.
How would stronger regulation of rental housing improve conditions in Jamestown’s neighborhoods? Learn about the trends influencing Jamestown’s revitalization — and ways to address current and chronic issues — through JRC’s Policy Research.
News & Updates
On Thursday, July 18, state and local officials gathered at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, located at 116 E. Third St., for the announcement that downtown Jamestown will receive $10 million from the state through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
The Jamestown Neighborhood Alliance (JNA) will host a discussion by the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation concerning the many ways the organization is fighting blight in the community. The Land Bank presentation will be held on Thursday, August 25, at 7:00 pm at the Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center located at 119-121 W. Third Street. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
“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?
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