Leading the Way

Enhancing and Rebuilding Our Community’s Urban Core

We believe in Herkimer and Oneida counties as a single community: rich in resources, diverse in human capital, primed with potential. Any great geographic region depends on a population center as a focal point for success, and Downtown Utica is that commercial and cultural nexus. We’ve partnered with city government and others to establish a vision for Downtown. This vision starts with a plan, one that builds on Utica’s rich history, architectural heritage, natural assets and social diversity. Together with planning and design firm NBBJ, the Community Foundation, the City of Utica, the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce, Mohawk Valley EDGE and Genesis Group, the Utica Downtown Vision Plan was created. This unified urban design framework will guide development, placemaking enhancements and infrastructure improvements to enhance quality-of-life experiences, and to attract more investors, visitors and regional residents. Establishing this public-private collaborative is our continuing commitment to Downtown that will benefit the entire region.

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  • Urban Core Development

    Reinforces economic, cultural, recreational nexus.

  • Public-Private Partnership

    Encourages creative solutions to build neighborhood vibrancy.

  • Regional Asset

    Advances Downtown’s resurgence as an area-wide commercial and cultural center.

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