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Interest still high for Penn Yan DRI

The interest in Penn Yan’s revitalization is still very high. More than 150 people attended an open house Feb. 11 to learn more about and comment on potential projects that could be recommended for funding through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

After hearing details about the project selection process, the group used adhesive notes to comment on the 18 projects that have advanced this far from the original 35 proposals. Sticky notes in hand, people crowded around the displays. Their yellow notes contained statements of what they like about the project, and the blue notes contained comment about what needs more work.

LPC Co-Chair Steve Griffin, CEO of Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, said the committee is charged with deciding which projects will be the most impactful. He also stressed that the $10 million grant is just the beginning of public and private investment in the community.

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