DRI Grant could award the village $10 million

DANSVILLE — They say, “third time’s the charm.”

But local officials are hoping it may be the second time, instead.

Late last month, Dansville Mayor Peter Vogt, along with Bill Bacon, Louise Wadsworth and Maureen Wheeler – each from Livingston County Development office — gave a 25-minute presentation and a 15-minute question and answer session to a panel from New York State Regional Economic Development at Monroe Community College to vie for a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant. This would be one of 10 grants available throughout the state.

Last year, Dansville was in the running for the grant, but it was awarded to Penn Yan, instead. This year, Dansville was one of six teams in the region vying for the grant.

“We feel that the group made a strong presentation and a compelling argument for awarding the DRI to the Village of Dansville,” Bill Bacon said via email.

“The focus of our discussion centered on the work that has already been done in the community and how much of an impact has been made with a relatively small amount of assistance,” he added, stating that the growth includes UR Noyes Health, the school district and the library expansion.

Bacon also said that with the employment base at Dansville Properties continuing to grow, plus the availability of developable acreage on the south and north ends of town, the DRI grant could help spur further economic development.

Mayor Vogt said that he is expecting to hear who the winner is around October. If Dansville wins, a local committee would be formed with a state consultant to plan the revitalization process.