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The Department of State provides assistance to local governments and community organizations to support the planning and implementation of sustainable initiatives to revitalize communities.  The following programs provide project partners with assistance on all phases of project development, from initial visioning and consensus building to characterizing existing conditions and writing a plan, through to project implementation.   

Local Waterfront Revitalization Program
New York State's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) is a locally prepared, land and water use plan and implementation strategy for a community's natural, public, working, or developed waterfront.  In partnership with the Department of State, a municipality develops community consensus regarding the future of its waterfront and implements the plan to make the most of its waterfront.

Additional information about how the LWRP can assist you in your community revitalization efforts can be found at: http://nyswaterfronts.com/communities_LWRP.asp

Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program
The Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program helps communities create effective strategies to return areas affected by brownfields or economic distress back to productive use.  The outcomes are public and private investment priorities for revitalization and shovel ready sites to redevelop areas more quickly for new or expanding businesses and housing, public amenities or recreational opportunities, and improved environmental quality.

Additional information about how the BOA program can assist you in your community revitalization efforts can be found at: http://nyswaterfronts.com/grantopps_BOA.asp

Appalachian Regional Commission
As a partner in the federally-designated Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Department works with other state and regional partners to improve the economy and quality of life for residents in the Western Catskills and Southern Tier of New York State.  ARC provides a framework for joint federal-state-local efforts to provide the basic facilities essential for growth, attack common problems and meet common needs on a coordinated and concerted regional basis.

Additional information about how the ARC can assist in your development efforts, can be found at:  http://www.dos.ny.gov/lg/arc-index.html